Our time on the beach is stammering to an end: We have to figure out what we will do between December 3 and December 11. That’s about a week to get from one isolated island in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand to another island on the southern tip of Southeast Asia.

But we figured it out! Where we’re going next:

Penang

Penang. Photo by Marcus Tan/Flickr CC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43483480@N02/4945307142

Penang. Photo by Marcus Tan/Flickr CC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43483480@N02/4945307142

Penang looks like it will turn out to be the sleeper hit of the trip, due to its many cafes and food stalls. And, Georgetown, the main city on the island of Penang, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means it’ll be charming (and probably crowded.)

Kuala Lumpur

Petronas towers. Photo by Mike Villiger/Flickr CC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64489320@N00/517485755

Petronas towers. Photo by Mike Villiger/Flickr CC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64489320@N00/517485755

Kiwi worked in KL for about a month a few years ago. Will be cool to look up at the Petronas Towers and explore a major modern Asian city.

Singapore

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool. Photo by Sarah_Ackerman/Flickr CC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/86665756@N00/9764343043

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool. Photo by Sarah_Ackerman/Flickr CC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/86665756@N00/9764343043

The main things I’m looking forward to: Seeing one of my best friends and the three of us going to a hawker center (hawkre centre?) and eating everything (chicken rice and chili crab please) and washing it down with Tiger beer and wiping my face with roti.

Then: Going to Marina Bay Sands to swim in a infinity pool on top of a skyscraper. (I don’t actually know if you can do this without staying at the resort.)

Got any bar or cafe recs for Penang, KL or Singapore? Please share!