The D&O Diary’s Asia Pacific tour concluded earlier this week with a stop on the Malaysian island of Penang, which is located just off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia. The island’s rich cultural heritage and legendary food made Penang a particularly enjoyable place to visit as my last stop before heading home.
The primary purpose of my visit to Penang was to meet with the attorney JJ Chan and his colleagues at the Chan Ban Eng & Co law firm. I have been working on some collaborative projects with JJ over the last several years and this visit was a chance for the two of us to catch up and to put together some further plans. I enjoyed the chance to meet with JJ and his colleagues again, all of whom were very welcoming and very generous with their time. Throughout my visit, I was treated as a very special guest, for which I am very grateful.
The coastal areas of Penang are very densely populated, and there is a great deal of recent, modern development. But the most attractive feature of Penang is its preserved cultural area in the capital city of George Town, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic area contains a treasure trove of well-preserved colonial-era architecture, with a mix of British, Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences.
As great as the rich architectural and cultural heritage in George Town’s central district is, the best reason to go to Penang is the food. The food in Penang is amazing and I was fortunate to be able to sample a broad range of Penang’s offerings.
The next morning I was off to make the journey home. It was a long trip and I was away from home for long time. I had some great experiences and it was particularly great to see old friends and to make new friends as well. Just the same, by the end, it was time to go home. I enjoyed my time in Asia and I look forward to returning again soon.