Little India in Malaysia

By Abi King | Asia

Oct 21

A Sonnet of Spice & A Cauldron of Colour

Little India in Orange

Little India, Penang

Take a look at these photos. Then imagine the percussion of hissing and fizzing around you.

Close your eyes and feel the sticky weight of the sunshine, its humidity heavy on your skin while sonnets of spice and a chorus of cardamon clash with cloves, cumin and chopped coriander on the streets of Little India in Penang.

Close your eyes and let this Photo Friday take you to northwest Malaysia.

Little India Pancakes

Little India Cooked Pancakes

Little India

Little India Man in Doorway

Little India Tandoori

Little India Penang

Little India Penang Malaysia

Little India Serving Food

Little India Dolls

Little India Street


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Camels & Chocolate October 21, 2011

Um, weird…I was just in Little India in Penang TODAY. Beautiful shots!

    Tracy October 22, 2011

    That’s even weirder – we were there today!

    Gorgeous shots, I now want to go back and try to recreate some of these!

    Abi King October 22, 2011

    Ooh, that IS spooky! Hope you made it to Gurney Street as well.

dtravelsround October 21, 2011

These are gorgeous shots. In a single post, you have me convinced I need to make time for this trip next time in am in the area. Beautiful!

    Abi King October 22, 2011

    And so close to Thailand…you could just hop over the border! :)

    Hogga October 27, 2011

    I’m coming with! And I agreeeeee! NOM NOM NOM

      Abi King November 12, 2011

      Take me back with you!

My entire apartment smells like cumin still from what I cooked last night. And now these photos are making me hungry.

    Abi King October 22, 2011

    My place currently smells of fish. That’s not so good…

Federico October 22, 2011

Hmmm…Malaysia…love the food there, and so much more. Nice pics!

    Abi King October 22, 2011

    I had a such a great adventure there and hope to get back to see the rest of the country one day…

Keith Jenkins October 22, 2011

Wow, stunning pics Abi! I LOVE Penang – it’s biggest draw is definitely the food. The fried kuey teow and laksa are my absolute favourites. But there’s so much more like the goodies in Little India. YUM! One thing I miss most about Malaysia: the food!

    Abi King October 22, 2011

    Hm…I’m just realising how much I’ve focused on the food in Malaysia and I haven’t even got to the street food in KL or Gurney Street yet! Such choice, such a range of flavours…I miss it. Thanks for the recommendations…

Ayngelina October 23, 2011

Love the saturation in the photos, really creates energy in the photos.

    Abi King February 6, 2012

    It’s such a colourful place…

Gerard ~ GQ trippin November 14, 2011

Your words and photos have really transported me to northern Malaysia. It’s truly tempting to go up to Penang now as I only have about 8 days to spend in Singapore & Malaysia. I thought i would just spend my limited time in KL, but Penang looks like it might be a worth side trip. :)

    Abi King February 6, 2012

    So…did you make it to Penang?

Sheila-Yusof-Johnson January 19, 2012

@Gerard – There is Little India in KL too, so, if you cannot make it to Penang, maybe this will do. Not too much variation than the one in Penang….

    Gerard ~ GQ trippin January 20, 2012

    Well… After talking to some other Malay friends, we are definitely making a trip to Penang now too. :)

      Abi King March 23, 2012

      Oh, my tastebuds are jealous…Hope you have a great time.

Yum, your photos really take me back to my Penang visit – such taste and colour and culture!

    Abi King October 15, 2012

    I feel hungry every time I come back to this post!

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