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March 12th 2009
Published: March 12th 2009
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Back to the beach: Pulau Penang Thursday 12th March 2009

We have been in Malaysia over one week and this is the first chance we’ve had to enjoy the beach (because we have been enjoying cities and mountains). Yesterday we came to Pulau Penang (Penang Island) by bus from the Cameron Highlands. Since our arrival it has been sunshine, sunshine, sunshine, with just a little bit of rain last night to freshen things up. So nice! We are hoping that we’ve now left the rains behind us and it will be sunshine all the way to Bangkok.

Although Penang has its fair share of four and five star hotels and resorts, it can still cater well for the backpacker, and so although it is pretty quiet with few tourists at the moment, there are a fair percentage of backpackers here. We are in Batu Ferringhi in a great little guesthouse (“Lonely Planet” recommended) right by the beach. It is basic and clean, run by a really friendly Chinese family for many years and it is cheap. We can thoroughly recommend “Baba’s Guesthouse“, on Batu Ferringhi Beach. Also, just up the road, we got the best curry since we left
"Tiger" the Cockatoo"Tiger" the Cockatoo"Tiger" the Cockatoo

Lives at the beach bar and named after the beer!
Spain (where the curry houses are tops) at a small Indian Malay café; cost us less than six pounds for the whole meal, including garlic Naan. The beers, (two Tigers each) cost as much as the food.

Tomorrow we are going to get the bus in to Georgetown to see the sights; it is about 14 kilometres away from here. On Saturday we are going by ferry (two hours) from Georgetown to the island of Pulau Langkawi, where we’ll stay a while before getting another ferry to Thailand. We think that entering Thailand by sea should be pretty good, and a little different to going by yet another long bus trip. Langkawi is part of a group of islands, rated highly for snorkelling, in the Southern Andaman Sea. The rest of the group are in Thailand and are a Thai National Marine Park. Meanwhile, we are enjoying the beach here in Penang and the beautiful sunsets. Life’s a beach!



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Malaysian sunset

First one we've seen, not the last!
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John busy doing nothing

Beach view looking west
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Viv doing even less

Beach view looking east


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