Balik Pulau is one of the earliest Malay settlements in Penang, populated by refugees from Kedah who sought escape from Siamese invaders. Colonial-era buildings scattered in the area blend with traditional houses and paddy fields. If you prefer a different vibe and relief from the hustle and bustle of town, then laidback Balik Pulau may just be your cup of tea.
Mohd Izzuddin Ramli is a research analyst at Penang Institute. He graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Political Science and Anthropology. His research interests include culture, local politics and subaltern studies. He writes occasionally for local news portals.
Khairunnisa’ Ahmad Mokhtar is a property analyst by day and a coffee connoisseur by night.