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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 14th 2020

We were so fortunate to book a Home Exchange at 8 Gurney in Penang. We had the entire 6000 sq. ft. 17th floor penthouse to ourselves! Lazy days spent at the pool, soaking the sun up at Batu Ferringhi Beach and exploring Georgetown, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our apartment was like a museum; Buddha statues inside and on the wrap around balcony, gorgeous Chinese pottery, Art pieces everywhere and Asian Bric Brac scattered throughout. In Penang, we are introduced to Grab, the company that put Uber out of business in Malaysia. Our condo is centrally located so grab fares to Batu Ferringhi beach is about $6 Can/18 RM and Georgetown $2 Can/6 RM. What a foodie paradise. So many restaurants and street food markets. We rarely spent more than $30 Can/90 RM for a dinner ... read more
Delicious Expresso Chicken!
Darold in Jungle on Penang Hill
Giant reclining Buddha at Thai Buddhist temple - Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 28th 2020

Today we got the train from KL Sentral to Butterworth for Penang, another new experience. I had booked the tickets online and chosen seats behind each other so we could both be next to a window. The cost was £15.50 each, as it was only a tiny bit more for Business Class, and this was so worth it! We got to the station early and went in the food court upstairs. I think it’s quite new, I remember going downstairs before. Only a few places were open and it was cheap but very average. We had teh tarik and he did the pouring it from a great height thing, which makes quite a head on it. My roti telur (eggs on toast) were cold as she had said they weren’t mine and then realised they were. ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town August 1st 2019

After five days in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, Linda and I took a bus five hours north to Butterworth on the coast, from where a small ferry (with passengers and cars sharing the top deck!) tackled the ten-minute crossing of the North Channel to George Town, on the island of Penang. Despite being uninhabited until around three centuries ago, Penang's past status as a vital port on the trade routes linking Europe, Africa and Asia has endowed it with a historical significance that – along with that of Melaka further south – rivals that of any other town in Malaysia, if not Southeast Asia. Indeed the central cores of both George Town and Melaka have been inscribed on Unesco's list of cultural World Heritage sites. With such a history of trade between empires ... read more
Evening Prayers
House of Culture (and Colour)
Stunning Symmetry

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 16th 2019

We were disappointed this morning to find that it was raining. But it was still very hot and humid, so we carried on with our plans to go ashore. Maybe 35 - 38 degrees we think. The cruise port in Penang is rather small, but they did have a good exchange bureau, so we used the €30 we got back from the Indian Rupees to buy a few Ringgits. As it was still raining, we thought the best thing to do was to try to catch a bus. Penang has a free bus service that goes around George town, so we thought that would be a great place to start. Unfortunately, there were so many other people on the bus by the time we found where to get on that the bus was totally full. No ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town April 27th 2019

My trip to Georgetown was a real adventure indeed. And not the kind I would like to repeat.. I took the ferry from Ko Phi Phi to Krabi and as I got to the port hitchhiking, I thought it would be just as easy to get a ride back into town. I did get one, but it was a creepy middle aged man who first wanted to make selfies, that I allowed, but then he tried several times to give me a kiss and when I tried to get out of the car he wouldn't let me. I thought "how can I be so stupid to go hitchhiking alone" even though I did it so many times before and never had a bad experience. Then he finally dropped me off at the bus station and I ... read more
Boy and his pet
Biking away
Motorbike

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 16th 2019

Budicek mi zaobstarala studentska kapela co obdalec ubytka nacvicovala. Na whatsapp mi pipla sprava od cs z cdo, ze spolocnu cestu po polsku rusi a bude cestovat sama. To mi len zahralo do kariet, bo com som kukal letenky do gdansku moc ruzovo to z gruzinska, turecka resp grecka nevyzeralo. Tym padom sa asi moj navrat domov priblizi, no ale uvidim podla penez, mozno oddiali ale to nepredpokladam. Na ranajky zapadam k indovy na ulici. Davam si dvakrat roti s vajcom a cibulou, k tomu nesmie chybat klasicka omacka a samozrejme caj. Ten sa povie tak ako po nasi, proste caj. No tento je indicky t.j. mlieko. Velmi chutny napoj. Pri stanku predavali aj cerstvych shrimov a kurata. Bum bum a kura uz bolo bez hlavy. Na lebuh buckhingam je hned aj posta oproti mesite. Ta ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 15th 2019

Noc opat tepla. Z postele som sa vykopal az o 9.30. Na ranajky zapadam do jaya restaurant. Davam nasi lemak a pokracujem na nakup vody (0.8rm 1.5l) do mydin supermarketu. Tentoraz karta fungovala hned po prilozeny. Na ubytku spocitane naklady na filipinach, 28dni ma vyslo cca 590€ bez letenky tam. Na izbe len lezanie v posteli, dvere otvorene nech mi prefukuje. Vacsinu casu pisanie s cs z davao, ozvala sa aj carla z barci. Teoreticky sa mozno ku mne pripoji v kyjeve ale moc tomu nedavam. No na to, ze budem v kyjeve reagovala mami a chce tam doletet. Na obed behnutie na lebuh campbell. Tu pri trhu davam street food (tak sa to cul nazyva aby bol clovek in). Tetula mi dala na vyber nudle, berem zlte, a polievku, berem obycajnu. V polievke trochu masa ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 14th 2019

Noc bola horuca ale nakonec ostavam v rovnakej izbe. Nieco po 9.00 v plane ranajky a navsteva obchodaku mydin na jalan penang. No a samozrejme neaky ten kes. Ako si tak idem ulickou kukam na obchody a vsetko pozatvarane, vratane zmenarni a tiez supermarketu. Navsteva trhu na jalan chowrasta. Ale len okukavacka, bo ziadne prachy. Na zaciatku predavali indovia volne polozene nicim nezakryte maso ale to je klasika tu v azii. Fotky som ani nerobil, mi to pride normalne. Postupne som sa dostal az ku komtar (mhd bus stanica). V uliciach sa uz pohybovali skupinky cinskych (malajzia, singapur, original ?) turistov, obcas aj biely. Obchodaky i tu zavrete. Vsetko otvarali az o 10.00 V maybank som vybral hotovost, chcel som 230rm ale dalo sa vyberat len po 50tkach, tak vyberam 200rm. Prinajhorsom vyberem zas. Do 10.00 ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang March 13th 2019

V noci volado stisil klimu, tak trochu teplo ale vsetko v ramci normy. Na ranajky toast so zapecenou sunkou a syrom, k tomu mini kusky ovocia a caj. Jednoznacne toto ubytko brat bez ranajok, clovek sa vonku za 50p naje viacej, no ja som nemal prachy a zamienat sa mi nechcelo tak som to bookol cez agodu. Rozlucka s fra a pomalicky pesi na letisko. Bol tu aj jeden starsi kanadan co zije na bali, tu si bol obnovit viza. Anda beach na bohole chvalil, pekna dlha biela plaz, minimum ludi avsak ak si chce clovek zaplavat musi ist velmi daleko do mora. Cesta taxikom na letisko z ubytka stoji 85p. Cez grab zrejme menej. Sa cudujem, kratodoby cestovatelia to nevyuzivaju a idu tam pesi, hlavne ked je vonku na skapanie. Cesta pesi asi 15-20min ale ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi March 4th 2019

Our AirAsia flight supposedly landed 30 minutes early. Yay, said the flight attendant, surprisingly called Beyoncé! That cannot be true, the whole flight was only 20 minutes so unless we went supersonic it was never going to take that long! I got onto the free WiFi so I could order a Grab as soon as we landed. It connected upstairs but as soon as we’d got our bags it dropped and didn’t come up again. I was very reluctant to get an overpriced voucher from the taxi desk. The information counter was really unhelpful, just said it didn’t work downstairs, even though I was pointing at the free WiFi sign. Maybe it’s deliberate to make people use the airport taxis. i was not to be beaten so bought an overpriced bottle of coke from a cafe ... read more
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