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November 11, 2017

Penang – last day

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , , — mat @ 2:36 pm

As said we rented a scooter today to go to Botanical Spice Garden and discover the island by ourselves. I got familiar with the traffic really fast and it was a kind of joyride. The garden itself was great. Very well built and maintained. it felt a little bit like being directly in the rain forest. 20 mins after we started the garden tour the rain has started as well. But we got from the service desk „emergency plastic ponchos „ and these items rescued the day. Some pics from the garden will be added later.  During the ride we began to understand why Penang is listed under the top 10 destinations in Southeast Asia for retirement.

On the way back the rain gets heavier and we had a stop for food . Baba Nyonya food is a chinese and malaii mix (fusion) cuisine and tastes awesome.

Next stop was the largest chinese buddhist temple in Malaysia, some might say all over Southeast Asia (but I doubt this). It’s called Kek Lok See temple and yes it’s huge.

So how does someone look like with an emergency plastic poncho? Here is the answer

Next stop was Moonlight Bay (even it was early afternoon) which is pretty nice , but only if the waste has been collected .

Back in Georgetown we drove straight to old town because this city if famous for street art. Here are some impressions

After we returned the scooter (7 € per day) we stopped at an indian food stall to have a roti, which was delicious and quite enough as a snack. I did some exercise at the gym and entered the pool afterwards where I became “the master of the unicorns” have a look here

Time for dinner than so a hawker food stall is closed to our hotel and what should I say, it was awesome!! The small lane was packed with stalls and we picked up a lot of delicious typical local food. We had

  • fried noodles
  • chicken satay
  • assam laksa soup
  • charcoal grilled chicken wings
  • fried rice with duck
  • iced lemon tea

all of these dishes for less than 15€. So great

Now it’s raining again and we are sitting under a small roof, having a Tiger beer. Tomorrow we’ll heading towards Melaka, bud tickets bought already, 12€ pP for a 7 hrs bus ride in a VIP 24 . Not that bad . Will keep you guys posted.

November 10, 2017

Georgetown- Penang

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 9:28 am

Arrived by bus and ferry at the island. Hostel was chosen before, 16 Heritage directly in old town. So I prepared my phone for Über and it was simple fast and cheap. The hostel seemed clean and nice but …. to close to main road, no window shades for the night and toilet water was flushing and flushing and flushing. We ended up with the idea to change the location. In Malaysia you have to pay upfront so I was not sure if I would get my money back. But the staff was helpful and friendly so we were able to make it happen. I need to crawl my memories but can’t remember when we changed a location …… so now we stay at tjr NEO+ hotel which is only 10€ more expensive, have a quiet nice room and a roof top pool as a benefit. Last night food was great , a chinese restaurant where people were queuing to be seated, it was it well worth. View from the roof top

This morning Georgetown looked much more better than yesterday and we discovered old town , bought some stuff and saw the street of harmony where you can find a mosque, a catholic church , a chinese temple , a hindu temple and a buddhist temple all along same way. Really interesting ;)

Another attraction is the colonial quarter with an old english fort named Fort Cornwallis. Old cannons and walls to see, pretty. Best thing today was the 3D museum Made In Penang , which shows plastic images of ancient live st the island instead of pictures.  Second floor was funny , you were able to take pictures in front of wall paintings and it looks like real ;) See me as the dragon fighter here

for tomorrow we’ll rent a scooter and see the Botanical Garden …. 

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