Georgetown, Penang, has certainly evolved since my first visit there in December 1996. Back then the place to be was on Lebuh Chulia, the street where (mostly western) backpackers and expats stayed on in cheap guest houses, sipping not so cheap beer, while waiting for their visas to elsewhere was being processed. Georgetown’s gracefully decaying buildings and mixed culture were the real scene of that area.
In recent years, however, Lebuh Chulia has taken a back seat: now the place to go and be seen (and selfied at) is 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!