“We wanted to let visitors know how locals live,” explains Jusung Ng, one of three young Penangites partnering in Moon Tree 47, an appealingly quirky guest house occupying a former incense maker’s shop house. So when refurbishing the early 20th–century structure, the trio applied a light hand, preserving its old patterned floor tiles, unvarnished timber floors and weathered wooden doors. Above the lobby, three bathroom-sharing, fan-cooled bedrooms are furnished with Midcentury finds like mirrored dressing tables and wardrobes and nostalgic knick-knacks. Out back, six air-conditioned ensuites offer privacy in a long, narrow courtyard enclosed by pretty pastel lime-washed walls. In Moon Tree’s petite open-air café, black-and-white family photos depicting life in Penang from the turn of the 20th century through the swinging sixties watch over guests tucking into Ng’s Greece-inspired light bites, such as souvlaki and kofte accompanied by tzatziki. The best way to tour George Town’s atmospheric inner city? On one of Moon Tree’s refurbished upright rental bikes.
47 Muntri Street, George Town,
Telephone: +60 4 264 4021