Day 6 Saturday 23rd May Penang. After a refreshing night’s sleep we went down to breakfast in the restaurant. What a difference to JB. A huge variety of food is available on the buffet, with plenty of fresh fruit and cooked foods of all sorts including Western, Indian and Malay.
After brekkie we went for a walk down to the beach, with huge signs saying that you swim in the sea at your own risk due to jellyfish. The beach is nice and white with coral sand, so a bit rough on the feet. Today and tomorrow is to be relaxing and we have booked for massages this afternoon.
We then went for a walk heading towards the main resort strip at Batu Ferrighi and enquired about cars. We cashed some Aussie dollars and got quite a good rate of RM2.69 to the dollar. As we walked back to the hotel, which incidently, will have a new neighbour in a Hard Rock Hotel, we bought a few supplies in a mini mart close to here.
After lunch, we all went down to the pool and had a relaxing few hours lounging around and then we had our massage.
Had another Singapore Sling but not quite as good as the one at the Zoo.
We all agree that this was the best massage we had ever had in our lives. At RM60 for a full hour it had to be the best value ever. It felt like all the tension was relieved from the body and pushed and pulled out through the toes, the fingers and the top the head. The massage was in beach hut about 20 metres from the sand and sound of the breakers rolling in contributed to the feeling of well being.
This evening we headed of the main tourist strip here in search of a feed and some more shopping. We got a taxi to the main shopping strip and walked for a while checking out prices on the various stalls and then decide to have a feed. We had a look in a few restaurants and decided on Magic 1 Restaurant, which turned out to be extremely nice.
David had satay sticks and sizzled beef, Mary had a seafood steamboat, Gina had a salad and mussels and Peter had fresh deep fried squid with a Thai salad. Off course we
all sampled each others meals as we have done all holiday, which is the perfect way of finding out if you like something.
After the meal, we went back to the night markets for some serious bargaining and negotiating. David has learnt the art of haggling very well and puts his sister to shame in that regard. He is really screwing them down on price, where some of the vendors even walk away from him. And that’s unusual.
Prices here compare well with KL and Chinatown in respect to most things but we are able to buy DVDs for RM4 which on current exchange rates is about $1.50 per disc.
So another day draws to and end about midnight, but as things don’t get going until about 6.30 pm there’s no point in going to bed at 9 and missing out on everything
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