Seaside Stay

Visa requirements for visits longer than 30 days in Thailand, with their associated costs and time investment for meeting the requirements led us to a getaway from our getaway. For about the same expenditure as the extended stay visa, we escaped Chiang Mai and our home away from home for a few days of sun by the sea in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Last year’s escape for this same purpose took us to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which we found to be an impressive young city. We know we love to be by the water and Chiang Mai was not going to satisfy that, so we chose Penang to break up the length of in country time this trip. An island just off the eastern coastline of the main body of Malaysia, Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is made up of several areas that run together in the beauty of this 113 square mile island. Georgetown, the capital of the state and a world heritage city, sits on the Straits of Malacca/Penang and our suite compliments of Chase rewards points at Northam Hotel gave us a beautiful view of the water. 9th floor pool and terrace offered the view as well as the ocean breezes and warmth of the sunshine mixed with the sounds of the city. Another awesome find procured by my personal travel agent! (a.k.a. the hubster 😉)

Landing late afternoon, we put in an Uber request and made our way to the hotel, checked in and after taking in our views, ventured out to the sidewalk that ran opposite us and close to the shoreline to get our bearings before darkness set in. Buildings dating back to the British settlement in the late 1700’s are interspersed with high rises, monasteries, chapels, nunneries, abandoned schools, temples, wats, mosques and cranes producing yet more buildings on the skyline. In a four mile stretch, the diversity of influence and mixed cultures was heavily represented. The skyline and the neighborhoods were enthralling.