We provide an inspirational space that seeps authenticity in a 1938-built quaint cottage.
** At first glance
Le CoQ Home Space has welcomed dozens of emerging musicians, artistes & friends! It's a comfortable cottage for friends to hang out, chill and just seep in 'real' Penang. Centrally located in-between George Town and Batu Ferringhi beach at Pulau Tikus, it's just a 10-minute walk from Gurney Drive.
** What to expect?
The house is furnished simply to retain the original feel of the quaint 1930s-built cottage. You can even host a music gig / mini art exhibition! It sleeps up to 3 adults comfortably on real beds.
** ACCOMMODATION (upstairs)
There are 2 rooms upstairs and a spare day bed downstairs.
ROOM 1: The MASTER LOFT is air-conditioned with one king-sized real bed (sleeps 2), has a writing table & stool. There's a private balcony with a breakfast table and 2 chairs so you can enjoy lazy mornings and watch the world go by. Bamboo blinds keep it shady for hot tropical afternoons.
ROOM 2: Table-fan in the second open-concept room with one single bed (sleeps 1) opens up to a private balcony that amazes with stunning views of the temple steeple. One spare mattress (sleeps 1) is available free of charge in case you have an extra friend to accommodate. Note: this room has no walls nor doors.
** AMENITIES (downstairs)
Downstairs, there is one shower and one W.C. toilet. We've fitted in a brand new Johnson Suisse seated flush toilet - a tiny peak-hole allows you sneak peak to the sky while on the throne :P The bathroom is not renovated so it's still dated with faded blue tiles, but it's clean and fitted with a brand new Alpha water heater with strong jet shower.
We have a mini kitchen equipped with a fridge, utensils, kettle, electric stove, microwave oven, mini BBQ-set (BYO charcoal). However, we hardly cook and usually eat out as Penang food is tasty and inexpensive!
We also have a TV and DVD player. We now offer Free Internet for guests (USB modem stick for PC/Mac). Closest free WiFi is at Starbucks/ McDonald's/Mr. Pot cafe (open24-hrs) along Gurney Drive.
** THE ART SPACE (downstairs)
The retro-fit living room is the 'unofficial' arts space, where we'll occasionally invite local artists to jam and gig at our open mic sessions. We also have housed many local musicians in-residence at 15 Bangkok Lane as emerging singer songwriters and poets are always welcome!
** SOME BACKGROUND
A labour of love, a work-in-progress... this double-storey cottage is one of 41 built in the late 1930s by philanthropist Cheah Leong Keah and 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 Nail Spa, Beep Beep Q cafe, The Palanquinn & Dwell - a boutique heritage hotel, fashion designer Richard Rivalee Collections, NOIT interior decor, a florist and many more. There's also the MUST-TRY famous Indian Mee Goreng and Nasi Kandar at the end of the street!
The cottage 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 'Tau Hua' soya bean custard from the market food court for breakfast. Have it with black sugar. Delicious!
A 15-minute stroll away is Gurney Drive (where Grandpa used to go swim and Grandma swore sightings of dolphins in the 1960s) and the shopping mall paradise at Gurney Plaza. You'll likely stumble onto my favourite Crepe Cottage on 77 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).
*** WHO LIVES HERE?
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 take Room 2 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 love hosting musicians and artists at the place. So your stay supports our arts / music programs and the upkeep of the home space. Looking forward to welcoming you to 15 Bangkok Lane :)
The entire house, at their privacy.
Bangkok Lane is located in the heart of Pulau Tikus, just a short walk away from the Thai sleeping Buddha and Burmese heritage temples, the famous wet market and famous Moulmein coffee shops, Gurney Drive and it's two main shopping malls.
Yes! Rapid Penang bus no.10 or 11 take you from George Town to the other end.
No smoking inside the house, nor drugs. Just because mum would really frown at you, then me!
The neighbourhood was just what we expected and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of staying in a local area where there were few other tourists. Our neighbours were very friendly and the local coffee shop treated us as old friends every morning. Pulau Tikkus market is close and interesting and we found fresh food to cook and eat at home. We were close to Bali Hai, our favourite seafood restaurant in the world. We also found a great Northern Chinese restaurant where everyone was friendly and the food fantastic. Lorong Bangkok is close to Gourney shops etc and an easy bus ride to the old Georgetown. We also recommend the Penang Hop-on Hop-off bus, which stops nearby. Bus tickets last 24 hours and the bus covers the main places of interest on the whole island. Jasmine's house was clean and comfortable and all we were asking for. Jasmine responded promptly to any questions we had.
The house has a lot of charm in a street that has kept its original architectural integrity. For those who like local food this area is perfect with a number of very good eateries in walking distance. For those that prefer air conditioning Paragon is nearby, with a supermarket as well.
The house itself is a bit rustic with very simple furnishing and bathroom but it is clean and has nice feeling about it. It is not well insulated so if you are a light sleeper it can be quite noisy. At night the smallest noises outside sound like they are right in the bedroom e.g. garbage truck and a dog fight outside one night meant that we were woken up on a number of occasions.
We were asked to check in at 3:00pm to allow for the house to be cleaned after the previous guests. I arrived at 3:15 and no one was there. Jasmine called back shortly to let me know how to get in, but then she realised the cleaners had not come yet. They arrived at 4:20 and cleaned for two hours.
The beds are ok, but would benefit from top sheets. There were only bottom sheets and blankets, which is a little unusual.
Jasmine was responsive and keen to ensure we had a pleasant stay. There is wifi, water and recommendations on what to do which are useful. Overall we had a good experience.
Jasmine was away during our stay but she did provide a lot of information plus tips and guides on Penang. A very welcoming host
Enjoyed the stay at her quaint home. The location of the place was great too.
Jasmine was very hospitable & welcoming. She was flexible and very informative. Loved the house, in a quiet beautiful neighborhood walking distance to eateries & public transportation. Bus no. 101 is really handy trust me. The house was simple, yet quaint as per the description - but had everything I needed. If it wasn't there,it was within walking distance. I could have lived on, it is not only a house but a home. The nice thoughtful touches e.g. snacks in the fridge, tea, mineral water & heaps of personalized local info,brochures, maps etc of eateries & places of Interest was devoured thoroughly. Though I never got to meet Jasmine we communicated pretty well. Jasmine was very prompt & the way the house is organised reflects care & attention to guests' needs. Thanks Jasmine for making my visit to penang memorable. I will certainly return in future!
De taxi chauffeur kon de locatie goed vinden. Het is een mooi huis in een mooie buurt. De verhuurder was niet aanwezig gedurende ons verblijf.
Jasmine herself was away for the weekend, but she was helpful before and during our stay.
The location / street are lovely. The house is a beautiful heritage house, though it could use some more decoration / furniture, it is a bit barren on the inside to our taste. The photo's do show that, so no false expectations raised.
We enjoyed our stay, Georgetown is a brilliant place and the house is in a very nice street with friendly neighbours.
We arrived late, nearly midnight, and found the key where Jasmine said. There was no trouble settling in as everything was in place. The house, as described, is old, particularly with the plumbing. The neighbourhood is quaint - we found out later the area is under special heritage protection bylaws. Great local street eats within walking distance. We had a rental car and had no trouble parking on the street as Jasmine has thoughtfully left parking tickets for us.
Hi! I'm 4th generation Malaysian Chinese, and 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 Sydney for a decade and now shuttle between Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Sydney.
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. I must share, that most of the time, I'm travelling for work, so I'm afraid I may not be at the house to host you. This means, you'll have complete privacy.
Some tips for the foodies: on Bangkok Lane in Penang, you must start with the Pork Satay cart for breakfast, lunch at the famous Mee Goreng & Mee Rebus, followed by the Asam Laksa opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station - just a few delicious must-haves! To fend off the heat, rock up to the drinks stall under the tree along Burma Road and ask for an ICE BALL. Cools you off! So enjoy the Penang experience like a true Penangite!
On my wishlist: San Francisco, New Orleans, New York, Prague, Paris, Santiago, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro. And a place to chill and relax is Perhentian Islands in Malaysia! Finally, thanks to a friend Nell who introduced me to Airbnb!! I love the service and I look forward to travelling the world with you. Kudos, guys!
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 :)