Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with Georgetown

Although you may be thinking that my middle name is probably the only reason I’d head to Georgetown, you’d be wrong. It was simply the only international destination available to fly to from Koh Samui, or the only decently priced one just after new year. Look at that, some lay bugger is almost a year behind his travel schedule.

Looking back through my photos of Georgetown, it’s amazing just how many there are. Admittedly it was my first trip there and my first time in Malaysia (if you don’t count the time I stayed in the airport, which one day ultimately I will) but a few months of travel would soon knock that habit out of me.

It’s probably a good thing too, because some of them are just terrible. What are these?

georgetown_hawker_centre

old_man_and_the_sea

georgetown_shop

A hawker centre, a poor man, a shop? Okay, I’d probably take the second one again but the rest, even though they help show the flavour of the city, also seem completely run of the mill for a visit to Asia. Especially in Georgetown, a city that’s been built by a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and English.

The combination of these cultures is something that won’t really be rivalled by anywhere I go until Melaka (in roughly October, so expect an update in 2016) which makes Georgetown stick prominently in the memory. Popular (overrun) tourist spots like Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Chew Jetty, Little India and Fort Conwallis help bring these influences to light.

cheong_fatt_tze

chew_jetty_georgetown

So many deep-fried delicacies

Boom!

Even without the historical aspects, Georgetown was a cool place to visit and remains one of those places that I look back on fondly. Whether it’s the amazing food, the unique feel of the place or just the street art that decorates almost all areas.

Life imitating art

Peekaboo!

georgetownstreetart

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