1938 heritage house on quaint street

Entire home hosted by Jasmine Hong Chun

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bath
Furry friends welcome
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Welcome home! Be inspired and enjoy modern comforts in an authentic 2-storey heritage town house on one of most well-preserved rows along Bangkok Lane just behind Wat Chaiyamangkalaram & the majestic Burmese Temple grounds. You'll have the entire house to fulfill an authentic experience as a local while in Penang. Pulau Tikus Wet Market has awesome local food, day market & night stalls, 10-mins walk to Gurney Drive for breakfast or modern malls. Our place is one of Penang's best kept secrets!

The space
Experience 'real' Penang. A labour of love, this double-storey townhouse is one of 41 built in the 1930s by philanthropist Cheah Leong Keah. It still retains much of its original form & structure. You could say the architect of the time successfully infused Asian and Western design in the houses. Cheah built the homes and laid the trust to keep the families together and until today, uncles and cousins live just across the road. If the whitewashed walls could talk, you'd be host to a thousand tales! Born in Swatow, China, Cheah began by making and repairing horse carriages, and later evolved into one of the pioneers of the motor industry.

Today, the eclectic Bangkok Lane community includes the Raingarden Bar cafe, A Place Cafe, Hair & Nail Salons, a designer Handbag shop, a tea shop, boutique home stays, a Thai cafe, two florists and many more. There's also the MUST-TRY famous Hussain’s Indian Mee Goreng, Tammin Pasembur Rojak & Halal Hokkien Prawn Mee noodles at the end of the street!

Upstairs, there's one large master bedroom with air-conditioning, one king-sized real bed (sleeps 2), a writing table & chair, private balcony so you can enjoy lazy mornings and watch the world go by. Bamboo blinds keep it shady for hot tropical afternoons. There's another real bed (sleeps 1) in the room next door but that room has no doors and is not air-conditioned.

Downstairs, we have a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. We've a real bed (sleeps 1) with an air conditioning unit in the living room itself for an extra guest.

There's only one shower and one W.C. toilet. Our bathroom is not renovated and is dated with faded blue tiles, but it's clean and fitted with a brand new Alpha water heater with jet shower. We have a washing machine too! Kitchen has the basics - a fridge, utensils, kettle and gas stove. There is no TV in the house.

INTERNET We provide an Internet SIM CARD, so if you need WiFi for work or to stream movies, please advise us so we can assist in making the arrangements.

WHO LIVES HERE? Mum & I do. I shuttle between Kuala Lumpur and Penang for work and spend a weekend every month in the house. When I'm in town, I will sleep in the LIVING ROOM and would love to show you around. If I'm not around, be my guest and make yourself at home! You'll have the entire house to yourself.

WHY LE COQ? The home space is called Le CoQ, inspired by Mum who was born in the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster wakes up very early and announces the dawn of a new day/the dispersing of darkness. We dedicate a month in a year to host musicians and artists. So your stay supports our arts and music program and the upkeep of the home space. Looking forward to welcoming you to Le Coq.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Pets allowed
Free washer – In unit
AC - split type ductless system
Private patio or balcony
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

George Town, Penang, Malaysia

The townhouse is snuggled right in the heart of suburb called 'Pulau Tikus'. Behind it, is the famed Wat Chaiyamangkalaram (reclining Buddha) Thai and Burmese temples. Just 100m away is the Pulau Tikus wet market where locals go to market, and surrounding the area are coffee shops serving up hot food from as early as 7am. Be sure to try Koay Teow th'ng (soup or dry), Koay kak, Hokkien prawn mee polished off with 'Tau Hua' soya bean custard from the market food court for breakfast. Have it with black sugar. Delicious!

For early risers and for a morning walk, there's Gurney Drive just a 10-min stroll away (where Grandpa used to go swim and Grandma swore sightings of dolphins in the 1960s). Enjoy gorgeous sunrises and sunsets along the esplanade and modern shopping malls at Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon. You'll likely stumble onto my favourite Crepe Cottage on 77D Gurney Drive. Don't miss their scrumptious sweet and savoury pancakes/crepes especially the 'Penang Special', Hot Apple or Nutella Banana. They open from 6pm-12am daily (closed Tuesdays).

Hosted by Jasmine Hong Chun

  1. Joined in August 2011
  • 118 Reviews
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Hi! I'm an avid traveller but there's really nothing like a home built from the heart. Penang is the town in which I was born, and the city in which my Mum grew up in the 1950s/60s. I've lived in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Sydney but Penang always pulls at my heartstrings.

A UNESCO status city, Penang has a unique heritage as the one of the most important melting pots resulting from the spice trade during the turn of the century. While most of the time I'm in KL, I may not be at the house in Penang to host you personally. This means, you'll have complete privacy yet I'm always a text away to assist you.

Mum and I especially welcome artists and musicians at 15 Bangkok Lane - as we are inspired by artist-in-residence programs and hope to one day run one. It'll be an unforgettable quaint experience - lived like a true Penangite! Who knows what you could create :)
Hi! I'm an avid traveller but there's really nothing like a home built from the heart. Penang is the town in which I was born, and the city in which my Mum grew up in the 1950s/60s…


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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
Pets are allowed

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Carbon monoxide alarm

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