Penang Top Five: Tiffany Choong

Updated: 17 Aug 2012

Tiffany Choong is the designer of home grown eco label Bulan that produces chic bags made out of natural cotton which are perfect for shopping, beach or everyday wear. She is fiercely proud of the lifestyle, culture and heritage of her hometown. Here is her Penang Top Five:

1. Penang Hill
Exercise like the locals. There are several popular marked trails to hike up Penang Hill. It takes about an hour to walk up to the top if you follow the 5km road from botanical gardens. Otherwise, a leisurely 20-minute track from moongate to no 5 station where there is a free community café is a must. The views up there is definitely worth the sweat.

2. Wat Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple
This is the temple famous for the reclining Buddha for many people, but for me, I have fond memories of it as a child. My grandmother would bring me here to pray and pay respects to our ancestors. I still enjoy going there to visit. Once a year I will seek out the old and wise resident monk to be blessed with prayers and holy water.

3. Live music at The Canteen, China House
Since the arrival of this cool artsy venue, attached to China House, the music scene is thriving as finally local budding musicians have a home to showcase their vibrant talent to an appreciative audience. Regardless of your pace, this is the perfect place to start or end the weekend.

4. Bora Bora by Sunset Bistro, Batu Ferringhi
It’s not all about historical buildings and temples. Do take time out to kick back your feet, feel the warm sand between your toes, relax with a cold drink and watch the amazingly beautiful Penang sunset at this chill out beach shack.

5. George Town night walk
Traffic in George Town can be rather congested during the day. I prefer to soak in the atmosphere and sights of this historical town at night when the atmosphere is calmer, and when the air is cooler. A night walk is by far the most intimate way of getting to know this interesting city.

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