Tacky Tourism and Colonial Buildings

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Well, so far Malaysia has been a sucess and we have been so busy that I only remembered that I had not updated this since Langkawi! Oh well, plenty to tell then...

We caught the ferry from Langkawi to Penang, it was comfy and uneventful to be honest, it took longer than the 2 hours or so that they say it will, but thats Asia for you! Upon arrival in Penang I think that we were all astonished by how built up it was, after a somewhat tranquil Langkawi Penang was a bit of a shock! We junped into a taxi (us being Matt and I and his parents) and headed off around the north coast of the island to the resort town of Batu Ferringhi - what a shock that was! Basically we stayed 4 nights then moved onto Georgetown, we only managed 4 nights in such a place because Matts parents were staying in that resort, we had a hire car to get out and about, we found a great hawker centre to eat at most nights for cheap and the night market which runs the length of the resort road was excellent.
The beach there doesnt deserve a mention and the whole town is heaving with package holiday tourists and tacky inflatables hanging from shop fronts! It was hellish!

Penang island is lovely though, we have been up in the funicular and enjoyed views over Georgetown below as well as visiting a colorful Hindu temple and a mosque at the same time! We went to the Snake Temple, which like the Tiger Temple in Thailand was a bit of a con, but it was a nice temple and we were able to get up close but not personal with some very poisonous snakes.

The past two days we have been busy exploring the fabulous city of Georgetown, the main town on Penang, what a great place...we have explored British colonial buildings which were just stunning, been in the wonderful Chinatown - think smells from the joss sticks, colourful temples, bustling streets - actually this place feels more Chinese than some Chinese cities we have been in...stroll across the road and your are instantly transported to Little India, an area clad with saris, a colourful Hindu Temple and everything Indian..its just great, combine that with the luxurious mosques and muezin calls to prayer and I think that we can safely say its a truly multi cultural city......tommorow we are heading for Kuala Lumpur.


Ali n Matt
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