Investment banker turned hotelier, Chris opened the award-winning Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka with his then partner Karl Steinberg. Returning home to Penang for family reasons,he now owns four boutique, heritage properties under the George Town Heritage and Hotels (GTHH) brand. www.georgetownheritage.com
For some ‘air’, head up to Penang Hill by foot or funicular and experience what made this the setting for the famous TV series ‘Indian Summers’.
Street food is an absolute must, but you must try the heritage restaurants too – Toh Yuen, Sin Kheng Aun and Goh Hup Kee are all institutions that have been doing sterling business in Penang for over 60 years.
To get some amazing pictures, visit a wet market to see what ingredients the locals buy for their meals. My favourite is Chowrasta in the day and Cecil Street in the evening.