A few minutes drive from George Town one can find a lovely street which is consists entirely of well maintained heritage buildings. Generally it is not so busy, so one can walk peacefully along it. However, it has very few parking spaces.
Bangkok Lane – Lorong Bangkok – can be found between Burma Road and Kelawei Road in Pulau Tikus, and is a one way street, with traffic running from Burma Road. According to the December 2012 edition of “Penang International” magazine, the street is lined by two rows of forty semi-detached houses built in 1928 by a Cheah Leong Kah, for his family. The family trust owns them, and rents out the houses not occupied by family. Both the interior and exterior are maintained in a uniform fashion, with no modifications permitted.
It is possible to rent a house as if it were a hotel room, and for a similar price, too. Of course, you do not have facilities such as a swimming pool, bar etc., but you still have maid service so that bed sheets are changed and the rooms cleaned. And you get to live like a local in local and historical accommodation. Markets and supermarkets are within easy walking distance. But this is not for the purpose of advertising.
I was fortunate one day to have been able to look around inside one of the houses. Following are some photos.