Monday, March 12, 2012

First Stop: Penang Malaysia.

We flew with AirAsia from Seoul to Kuala Lumpur then boarded a plane to Penang just hours after arriving. We had just 6 days in mainland Malaysia and from our research it seemed we would enjoy spending the majority of our time in the historical and culturally diverse cities of Penang and Melaka.

We sure were right!

Penang was the most wonderful place to ease ourselves into the next few months of travelling. Firstly, its incredibly beautiful, secondly everyone speaks perfect English, the foods AMAZING and there's a little taster of a few countries- India, China, Malaysia and a few European countries, all bustling along together within one small area that is Georgetown.

I wanted to photograph EVERYTHING and I pretty much did, but here's just a few to give you an overall view of Penang:

While in Georgetown we spent the day checking out the multitude of temples, mosques, markets and historical sights. Georgetown has so much to see and its great that the area is small enough to be viewed on foot in just a day. There is also a free shuttle bus around the area to all the major attractions.

We ate delicious Indian food, Indonesian Food, Malaysian Food and Chinese Food. Food, food, food!
The following day we took a bus to the national park, we had read of canopy walk ways through the Jungle but upon arrival it was closed so we had to make do with a regular trail alongside some lovely beach areas.

 Unfortunately a storm prevented us from finishing the trail at the lighthouse (although we did push on for some time in declaring  "We are adventurers" but unfortunately my camera just isn't fit for an adventurer). So we took a boat back to the park headquarters after sharing some BBQ'd fish and chicken thanks to a lovely French family we met on the beach.

We spent our final day in Penang visiting South East Asia's biggest temple 'Kek Lok Si'. It was so beautiful and yet again I didn't know where to start with the photographing.

You can take a local bus to the temple and then walk just a kilometer or two to Penang hill to ride the cable car, however it was broke on the day we went.

While in George Town we stayed at 'Old Penang Guesthouse', the prices were a little more than your average hostel but definitely worth it. We had a lovely private room, shared bathroom which was always clean (except for the time the crazy French surfer was so drunk by 6pm he was vomiting everywhere-nice!) and lovely dining area. The guesthouse is located on Love Lane alongside 'Red Inn' hostel.

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