Penang and Kuching Redefine Malaysia’s Urban Cool

By Marco Ferrarese

July 2016 FEATURE
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Dawn colours Sarawak river a blazing pink.
These two cities – though far from each other – are dancing to a similar beatSaying that Penang and Kuching have a lot in common can disorientate – they sit at two separate ends of the nation, with an ocean of differences in between. When thinking of Penang, it is images of heritage buildings, colourful festivals and omnipresent food that spring to mind first. Kuching, on the other hand, inspires very different visions – steamy rainforests, orangutans and Dayak blowpipes.Similarities...

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Marco Ferrarese

is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia, and blogs at He also curates the Penang Insider, the smart guide for traveling and living in Penang, at His latest book, The Travels of Marco Yolo, is available in bookstores. Follow him on Twitter @monkeyrockworld.