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Penang Snapshots: Historic George Town Scenes

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural mosaic of food, arts and architecture, language and religion, I immediately fell in love with historic George Town on the island of Penang in Malaysia on my second visit after many years.

These photos taken on my meanderings by foot one full day and a few hours early the next morning just touch the surface. I’ll be posting more and I’ll definitely be returning for a longer visit!

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi Chinese temple

Hok Teik Cheng Sin, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chinese temple courtyard and lanterns, Hok Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Hok Teik Cheng Sin, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Close-up of Chinese lanterns, Hok Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Alleyway, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Alleyway

Alleyway, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Alleyway with hanging laundry

Mahamariamman Temple, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Mahamariamman Temple, a Hindu temple in Little India

Flower sellers, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Flower sellers in Little India

Lam Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Lam Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi Chinese temple

Bicycle shop, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Bicycle shop in Armenian Street

Loo Pun Hong, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Loo Pun Hong Chinese temple

Old building with washing line in the street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Old building with washing line in the street

View from inside noodle shop, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View from inside noodle shop of food cart vendor selling sweets

Festival fire in street outside Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Festival fire in the street outside Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple celebrating Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival

Incense burning at Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Giant, colorful incense burning at Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple celebrating Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival

Temple goods store seller, Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Temple goods store seller outside Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple during Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations

Qaryah Masjid Jamek Benggali Mosque, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Qaryah Masjid Jamek Benggali Mosque against a stormy sky

Tokong NG Fook Thong Temple, Cantonese Districts Association, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

The Cantonese Districts Association Tokong NG Fook Thong Chinese temple

Rickshaw, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Colorful rickshaw with driver taking a break on the pavement reading a newspaper

Kapitan Keling Mosque, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kapitan Keling Mosque against a stormy, late afternoon sky

Crumbling old building, Love Lane, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Crumbling old building in Love Lane

Rickshaw taxi stand, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Rickshaw taxi stand with motorcyclist riding on pavement

Cycling past old building and metal street art, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Lady cycling past old building with metal street art on the walls

Street food cart, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Street food cart in the early morning sunshine

Flower stalls, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Flower stalls in Little India bathed in early morning sunshine


Vientiane Views: Snapshots of a Laos Capital

Vientiane. The capital of Laos faces neighboring Thailand through shimmering heat waves across a wide flood plain and muddy waters of the Mekong river. Golden stupas, reclining buddhas and vibrant temples contrast against remnants of French rule: rambling colonial mansions and Arc de Triomphe style victory gate.

My first visit to Vientiane, while living in Nakhon Sawan in Central Thailand, saw my friend Sophie and I wading along flooded, potholed streets during rainy season. I have vague memories of wandering in a small town. Not a capital city!

Now, 14 years on in the swelter and dust of the dry season, traffic scurries along streets rimmed with a frosty air-con oasis of modern cafés, restaurants and hotels linking the plethora of Laotian Buddhist temples while condo developments sprout up along the riverside. A city in progress but it still feels relaxed and exotic.

Wat Inpeng, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Inpeng

Wat Inpeng, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Inpeng

Wat Haysoke, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Haysoke

Patuxay Victory Gate & Patuxay Park, Vientiane, Laos

Patuxay Victory Gate & Patuxay Park

Ceiling inside Patuxay Victory Gate, Vientiane, Laos

Ceiling inside Patuxay Victory Gate

View from top of Patuxay Victory Gate, Vientiane, Laos

View from top of Patuxay Victory Gate

View from top of Patuxay Victory Gate, Vientiane, Laos

View from top of Patuxay Victory Gate

Patuxay Park, Vientiane, Laos

Patuxay Park

For visitors tuk tuks or bicycles are the way to get around and see the sights. After a few days of exhausting footwork and motorized laziness I rented a bicycle and peddled around Vientiane visiting temples and museums.

Tuk tuks opposite Patuxay Park, Vientiane, Laos

Tuk tuks opposite Patuxay Park

Phra That Luang, Vientiane, Laos

Phra That Luang

Wat That Luang, Vientiane, Laos

Wat That Luang

Wat That Luang Neua, Vientiane, Laos

Wat That Luang Neua

Wat That Luang Tai, Vientiane, Laos

Wat That Luang Tai

Wat That Luang Tai, Vientiane, Laos

Wat That Luang Tai

Wat That Luang Neua, Vientiane, Laos

Wat That Luang Neua

Sunset fishing in the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos

Sunset fishing in the Mekong River

Sunset fishing in the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos

Sunset fishing in the Mekong River

Sunset fishing in the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos

Sunset fishing in the Mekong River

Sunset lit derelict buildings along the Mekong riverbank, Vientiane, Laos

Sunset lit derelict buildings along the Mekong riverbank

Chilling out during the heat of the day in cafés, reviving on French baguette and iced coffee I’d venture out to photograph again during the late afternoon glow. Around sunset, relishing in the slightly less steamy air, I joined other cyclists, walkers, joggers and skate boarders along Vientiane’s riverside.

Leisure time at sunset along the Mekong riverbank, Vientiane, Laos

Leisure time at sunset along the Mekong riverbank

Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Presidential Palace

Wat Sisaket, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Sisaket

Tomb offerings, Wat Sisaket, Vientiane, Laos

Tomb offerings, Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Sisaket

Derelict house, Vientiane, Laos

Derelict house

Derelict house, Vientiane, Laos

Derelict house

Wat Ho Phra Keo, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Ho Phra Keo

Offerings at That Dam, Vientiane, Laos

Offerings at That Dam

Tombs at Wat Sisavat, Vientiane, Laos

Tombs at Wat Sisavat

Wat Sidamduan, Vientiane, laos

Wat Sidamduan

Monks' robes drying in the sun among tombs, Wat Sidamduan, Vientiane, laos

Monks’ robes drying in the sun among tombs, Wat Sidamduan

Wat Sidamduan, Vientiane, laos

Wat Sidamduan

Temple gateway, Wat Sidamduan, Vientiane, laos

Temple gateway, Wat Sidamduan


Getting Hitched in Mongolia – A Temple, a Ger and a Buddha

After leaving the Wedding Palace the entire party went on a tour of the city’s main tourist sights starting with Choijin Lama Temple Museum just around the corner.

Entrance to Choijin Lama Temple Museum.

Anna in front of a ger temple souvenir store.

Kissing outside the temple.

Anna and her niece.

Mike with Anna’s niece.

Old and new.

Mike and Anna kissing again!

Inside the temple.

Inside the temple.

Anna’s cousin and niece.

English friends Kerry, Andy and Mark.

My older brother Matt and my younger brother Mike.

Matt, Kerry, Andy and Mark.

Anna.


Visiting buddha.

Close-up of buddha.

Anna.

Wedding car.

In Sukhbaatar Square.

Mike and Anna in Sukhbaatar Square.

In the car.