Blogs from Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia, Asia - page 4


Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi September 23rd 2009

After a quick nap and a hot shower (both well deserved), we hit the town in search for some trinkets and whatsits at Batu Ferringhi’s huge night market. What used to be a calm sidewalk by day, transforms into a frenzy of activity, full of shoppers trying to strike a deal. The bright fluorescent lights of each table and crazy neon colors of trishaws passing by reminded me of a Eastern influenced Las Vegas. It was madness! Scoping the goods at the night market. Shopkeepers were hawking their wares with gusto. You could buy literally anything, including: - Sunglasses - T-Shirts - Toys - Handbags - “Real” DVD’s and CD’s - “Real” software Then there was one table we walked by, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi September 22nd 2009

The hotel we were staying at in Penang was one of the many which sit on the beachfront strip of Batu Ferringhi (Foreigner’s Rock), Penang’s most famous resort district and nightspot. The popularity with visitors to Malaysia which gave the region its name hasn’t diminished over the years: we spotted plenty of Americans, Brits and Aussies soaking up the sun and lazing on the beach. We checked into our hotel, one of many that open directly onto the beachfront. The ground floor of the Holiday Inn merged seamlessly into the trees and sand, with bars and deckchairs scattered out to the water. We didn’t have as much time on our hands as most of the beach’s inhabit... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi May 28th 2009

Day 11 Today’s planned expedition to George Town was scuppered by the weather. When we woke up, the heavens had done the same and torrential rain was falling with a little bit of flash flooding. In the morning we found out the the Governor of Penang was visiting the hotel so watched when he arrived as a formal ceremony was performed. We decided that we would wait a while to see if it cleared up and round about midday we decided to head to one of the shopping malls instead. We commandeered a taxi and negotiated a price of RM50 instead of RM60. He quoted RM60 and said the mall was near the airport but that is bullshit so we didn’t feel like paying his quoted price and walked away to catch the bus. We went ... read more
01 Waiting for Governor 1
02 Band for Governor
03 Governor of Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi May 26th 2009

Day 09 Penang Today we woke up to torrential rain. Until about 9am the rain just bucketed down. This was only the second time on the holiday that that we had seen really serious rain. There was one afternoon in JB where the heavens just opened and dumped probably a month’s worth of normal Brisbane rain in an hour. Once the rain had cleared we went for walk into the main town for the girls to check out about manicures and pedicures. We walked the whole stretch of the strip (about 3 kms) until they settled upon a suitable looking place. They also do reflexology and massage so Dave and Peter had foot reflexology while the girls had their pedicures and manicures After this we returned to the hotel where we all had a Malay massage ... read more
Batu Ferringhi gardens
Batu Ferringhi
Carp in pool at restaurant

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi May 24th 2009

Day 7 Did I say something about food and massage in our itinerary? This has to be one of the best places to indulge or over indulge in both. Once again we started off in the hotel veranda restaurant for breakfast, the feast there really giving us a good start to the day. After that , Peter went up to the room to write the previous day’s blog whilst the others took the laundry to a dobi wallah down the road. As we had a week’s supply of laundry to do, the laudry people charged less than $10 each couple for all that load. I must apologise for not posting the blog everyday but there’s no free wi-fi at the hotel so we have to search out a hotspot and load up a couple of days ... read more
Batu Ferrringhi
Hotel Gardens

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi May 23rd 2009

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 ... read more
At the sunken bar
Beach at hotel 2
Beach at hotel

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi April 3rd 2009

Hey again… feels like loads has happened since we last wrote (even though you will be getting our last blog today too… we have been having computer nightmares in Malaysia)! So Pilch got an unconditional offer after his interview and starts at Plumpton on 11th May! We had to reschedule the telephone interview after realizing that we were in fact in a different timezone (we had gone ahead 1hour from Thailand to Malaysia) - we hadn’t realized for two days!! The day after our last blog we had a little bit of a nightmare day - involving trying to find somewhere half decent to stay on the island and then discovering the time zone change and then realizing we had a virus on our memory stick and had lost all our photos! We spent a long ... read more
Langkawi Geopark
Going up....
Looking down on Langkawi

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi March 15th 2009

Spent 2 nights in the Cameron Highlands, the big tea plantations are here and the scenery is very different to anything I've ever seen before. Went on a tour and the guide was fantastic, a young Malaysian guy who was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We went for a trek into the 'mossy' jungle, which was great. You couldn't have done the walk without a guide and it was a proper jungle trek. The guide knew loads about the local plants, which normally wouldn't interest me much but it was interesting here. Stayed in a really nice guesthouse with lots of other backpackers, and near a small town. Felt like we were in an Asian skiing village, and randomly the style of houses here is quite similar to skiing resorts in Europe. We 'treked' down to a ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi March 12th 2009

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 ... read more
"Tiger" the Cockatoo
Malaysian sunset
John busy doing nothing

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi January 12th 2009

If you ever wanna go and hang out at a cool bar by yourself in Batu Ferringhi one day, this is defiantly the place to do it. It's called the LAB Beach Bar and is part of Ali Ferringhi's Guest house were I stayed. The food's is amazing, the view's are awesome and the music was really good. I pretty much spent most of my five days there hanging out with the staff, in fact it became my second office. The three barman are just brilliant and its worth the trip just to see them and their antics. I dubbed them 'The Beach Bar Gangsters' not because there were bad but they had this cool vibe that only gangsters seem to have if you know what I mean. Don't mind the silly photo's, that’s just them ... read more
Beach Bar at Night
Beach Bar at Sunset
..and in the quiter times.. it cards

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