Blogs from George Town, Penang, Malaysia, Asia - page 6


Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town April 24th 2013

Our exploration of Malaysia lasted about three weeks and was limited to Peninsular Malaysia. Due to weather conditions and a beach-overload in Thailand, we chose this to be a cultural exploration focused on cities. Where better to do this than a country where Malay, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnicities live together. Food adventures, people and history abound. We travelled overland by bus from Thailand to Georgetown on the island Penang, to Melaka and to Kuala Lumpur. The difference in prosperity between Thailand became immediately apparent when crossing the border and became greater with every place we visited. These were our last stops in six months of travel crossing the Eurasian continent, just before creating a temporary nest in Western Australia. This blog comes mainly in pictures and is bilingual. Enjoy Malaysia's multitude of faces!... read more
Georgetown, Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 31st 2013

The heat is oppressive, unrelenting, surreal. It takes your strength, appetite and will. You can’t fight it, there’s no reason, you can’t win. It’s a thick heat, the humidity is so high.The moisture peels the paint from the walls and then peels the stucco until the red brick shows. You tie a ribbon on your fan so you’re sure it’s still moving. You try to sleep, but the heat gives you strange dreams. Dreams of jungles and strange voices you can’t understand. Your clothes stick and you dread walking. You learn to survive in the morning before the sun comes or in the evening as it subsides. You learn to find relief in anything cool, a breeze, an umbrella, a cool drink. Anything to survive for a few more minutes. You curse the people who block ... read more
Love Lane
Tiger Beer
Georgetown Trishaw

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 29th 2013

This morning, we woke up, had breakfast, and headed out exploring. Since my arm got burnt through the window on the awful bus journey, I had to keep covered up. And the weather was so hot! We stumbled upon Fort Cornwallis, the largest fort in Malaysia, and decided to check it out. The fort was named after the late 18th century governor-general of Bengal, India, Charles Cornwallis. It was originally built from palm trunks in 1876 by Sir Francis Light, to protect Penang from pirates and the north-western peninsular state of Kedah. In 1804, however, it was rebuilt using bricks and stone, reaching completion in 1810. There was once a moat surrounding the structure, but due to a malarial outbreak in the 1920s, it was filled in. In its entire history, Fort Cornwallis never engaged in ... read more
Steel rodded street art
Amazing stone carvings
Tandoori set

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 29th 2013

The Koh Phangan Full Moon Party. Oh dear. Well, I went, but unfortunately didn't conquer. Quite the opposite, in fact. There were hundreds of thousands of party-goers on Haad Rin beach - quite a sight. I had two buckets and that's where things went a little fuzzy. I vaguely remember vomiting in a bucket, and taking a motorbike taxi back to the resort. Apparently, Sophie was knocking on the door for some time and getting verbal abuse from me in response before I finally opened it. Bad times. *Update: apparently, I had four buckets.* I spent most of the next day in bed, mainly because going outside would've entailed putting on suncream and I simply couldn't be bothered. Plus, I was a little hungover. And so brings me to our Thailand to Malaysia bus journey. We ... read more
Yes, we went there.
Packed in like sardines!

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 26th 2013

Ah, the romance of the train. The clickety-clacking of the rails, being gently rocked side to side as you fall asleep like a newborn. The romance of waiters in white uniforms serving our wonderful meal on crisp linen tablecloths and sparkling china while we clink our wine glasses to the end of a perfect day. After a peaceful night’s sleep, going to the restaurant car for steaming cups of coffee and freshly-made croissants. That’s what we saw as our train passed the Singapore to Bangkok Orient Express going the other way. Now the reality of the 2nd-class sleeper. After leaving our beautiful apartment in Bangkok, we caught a cab. We had heard that the traffic could be miserable, so we didn’t want to take any chances. We got to the train station with two hours to ... read more
Line Clear - Nasi Kandar
Chinatown Poker
Botanical Garden Monkey

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 20th 2013

We were both excited to be entering a new country and experience a different culture, but first we had a long day of travel ahead of us before we got to Malaysia. We were picked up by mini van from our hotel in Koh Lanta at 7.30 am, along with a couple from Finland, and once it had made several stops to pick up the other 7 passengers and organised the luggage for the 3rd time, we made our way to the vehiecle ferry to cross over to the mainland. Then it was a 3 hour drive to Trang, where we had to swap to a different mini van, before continuing on to Had Yai. Once there we had a 2 hour wait until we got in the last mini van of the journey which would ... read more
Chinese Temple
Trail through Penang National Park
Our favourite dining area!

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 24th 2013

Apologies for having not written for a while but i've been very busy doing nothing i've still got a little bit of nothing to do before heading off to the beach for my last week of doing nothing. So after I left Chaing Mai I spent a couple of days in Bangkok before my flight to Singapore. I usually stay somewhere around the travellers ghetto of the Khan San road but decided to have a change and stayed Silom near two small lanes called Patpong 1 and 2. Its quite a well known area with a famous night market and a couple of strips of bars, resturant, and clubs. I saw a sign in a club window for a ping pong show so thought i'd have a look......BLOODY HELL.....table tennis wasn't like that at the olympics!! ... read more
Tea shop China town
China Town
Dried sea cucumber

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 8th 2013

The British has colonized half of the world and I seem to be following its footprints from UK, India, Singapore and now Penang. Penang is an island off the mainland of Malaysia formally ruled by the British (There is a fort called Fort Cornwalis and not many of us want to remember him in India). It was the only holiday option for me and my friend as we were travelling during the busy Chinese New Year. The overnight bus journey almost froze me and I did all sorts of things (inserting paper chits from the ticket into the A/C veins) but no change. I thawed finally when we landed in Penang. We stayed with friends and the view from 33rd floor was simply magnificent. Gurney Drive is a smaller and quieter version of Marine Drive (Mumbai) ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town January 30th 2013

The night train from Bangkok to Butterworth was on the Malaysian trains, which were not entirely as nice and a bit older, but still clean and the staff was friendlier. We got into Buttwerworth on time after passing through immigration at the border, which was painless, and took the ferry into Georgetown where we were to spend the night on non-rolling land. We booked a simple guesthouse room at Muntri House (Penang accomodation is quite expensive, which we didn't know when we decided to stop over there, so our room was just a box with a door and two beds, a fan and no ceiling (so no sound privacy per se), but it was clean and superfriendly and cheap so we were happy. Malaysia marked the beginning of our overeating, the food courts dotted all over ... read more
Komtar tower
Petrona towers
Looking good

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town January 27th 2013

Realise the hostel computer wouldn't let me up upload photos. I think you can guess what these photos are: trip up to the top of Penang Hill, botanic gardens, where I normally ate in the eveing and old house in Love Lane, where I was staying... read more

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