Take a stroll through the lively morning market or among quaint traditional village houses – Air Itam is a slice of Old Penang. Whether you are enjoying local coffee, curry mee, laksa or a soya bean drink by the roadside, hiking up the hills, or wrestling with pedestrians, hawkers, motorists and buses for space in the narrow streets, Air Itam takes you to a world like no other. Flanked by Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si temple on one side, it extends into the Rifle Range Flats and Farlim housing estates.
Air Itam is a place where the old meets the new – the home of labourers and, increasingly, a destination for domestic and foreign tourists.
Ooi Kok Hin is an INTP who lives to write and writes to live. Follow him at https:// www.facebook.com/ ooikokhin.