Georgetown, Penang, has certainly evolved since my first visit there in December 1996. Georgetown’s gracefully decaying buildings and mixed culture were the real scene of that area.
In recent years, however, backpacker haunts like Lebuh Chulia has taken the back seat to the area on and around Lebuh Armenian street where old buildings have been nicely preserved (their decay arrested, but not overly masked) and interesting murals and other street art adorn walls and columns. Here is where the tourist (predominantly Chinese now) spend hours taking photos and riding bicycles. Yea bicycles!