Days 7-8 Penang to The Cameron Highlands

Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
Trip End Jan 12, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On day 7 I went on a guided tour of Penang, so that I could see as much of it as possible. My guide was a chinese man called Steven Tchium (Stevie T for short), who had a microphone with echo effect in his mini van that he used whilst driving us around Penang pointing out the hot spots!! This amused me! Our first stop off was Fort Cornwallis. The Fort was built on the site where Sir Francis Light made his historic landing in 1786, or more popularly known as the Esplanade. The Fort was named after the Governor General in Bengal, Charles Cornwallis.

Next we made a stop at one of the many chinese Jetties which house chinese families of the same surname. We visited the "Chung" Jetty, which meant that only Chinese families with the surname "Chung" were permitted to live there. Whilst there we visited the chinese temple and learnt about Chinese prayer and rituals.

We also made stops at Thai Buddhist and Burmese Buddhist Temples and Kek Lok Si which means "Temple of Supreme Bliss". Kek Lok Si is is one of the best known temples on the Island and it is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

Also that day I found out that Penang is named after a nut that grows on the Island. The reason for this is because when Sir Francis Light discovered the Island it was unnamed and when a nut fell from the tree above him, he asked what it was called, and so named the place "Penang"!

For lunch that day I had the worst food, not only of the trip but the worst food I've had in my entire life!! No details as it might make you feel a little queasy!! I was very gutted that I'd already ordered my food before I'd seen the washing up taking place in the corner!! My white plate was stained brown underneath my food, let's leave it there!!

On day 8 we were back on the road again bright and early. We were on our way to the Cameron Highlands and had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us. On arrival we had some time to chill out, watch a girlie film in the common roon before heading out for dinner later that evening. The cooler climate of the Highlands was much appreciated and a nice break from the humidity we had left behind. That Fleece came in handy, thanks mum!!! xxx
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