My trips were good organized before coming to Indonesia. Expression “get lost” wasn’t in my vocabulary or I even couldn’t think that it can happen to me :). But Indonesia changed me and my traveling habit a bit (I believe that many people who stay longer in Indonesia or other South East Asia countries changed at least a little bit).
If you have been in Georgetown, Penang island (Malaysia) or will go there, you will see that get lost there something unbelievable. But it happened to me. I got lost even with a map in my hands. And it was probably the most exciting experience there.
My honest advice, if you are planning to go to Georgetown, Penang – forget anything that you read, marked what you want to see. Just go with the flow and follow the intuition. Because Georgetown so cozy and not big area that each corner, street, place will offer you something inspiring. As well (I believe) even if you let yourself to get lost, you will pass all “must to see” places, just open your eyes, wonder around and enjoy the walk or ride.
Why you should get lost in Georgetown, Penang?
It will get you of the beaten track.
Just let yourself be curious and enter each street, corner, shop that looks interesting for you.
Funny, but I was trying to find few street art murals with the map on first day but didn’t manage (like it was a bit hidden from the main road). But when I get lost I found it!
Getting lost most probably will give you best memories and stories.
Because you will be more open to speak with the strangers, hear their stories, maybe they will show you something unique, hidden.
Somewhere (like I get lost, so I don’t know exact street :D) I saw very nice barber shop and I ask the worker if I can make a picture. We started to chat and I got a lot of interesting information about Penang.
Getting lost may help you learn how to relax, be flexible and go with the travel flow.
When I realize that I get lost I saw one coffee place and decided to take time and think what I will do next. And it was just amazing place.
You can learn more about area where you are.
Just open your eyes widely and you will see things that maybe in other case you would pass.
I was looking around and trying to remember all the details that I saw, places that I pass in a case if I will make a circle around. And I found little Chinese offering place, some cute decoration in the street and etc.
You can enjoy finding some unique eating places that is far from main street.
In this place was the most delicious coffee tarik I have tried during my trip in Penang. As well cheaper, like not a lot of travelers goes through that place.
Getting lost can give you opportunity be more “brave” to try something new.
Coconut ice-cream with corn, beans and something else (I didn’t identify the taste). Would you try it? Usually I like food combinations that suit together. But this time I just tried my luck and was nicely surprised.
You can see different view of already visited places.
Day before getting lost, I was visiting Jetty clan (during daytime). But only because I get lost I saw this beautiful Chinese temple on the water in the evening.
After getting lost in Georgetown, Penang I started to believe that “getting lost is the best part of travel.” Do you agree or disagree? Have you been lost somewhere on purpose or not? How did you find yourself in that situation – enjoyed or felt a bit stressed?
P.S. we stayed in 75 Travellers Lodge, Central Georgetown. It’s good location, nothing fancy, rooms are quite small but cheap place (dormitory and private rooms). Or you can find any other place to stay: