Exploring George Town

Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
Trip End Feb 28, 2010

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Monday, November 30, 2009

The first European and Asian settlements can be traced back to about 1786.Before that there was some form of settlements 3 to 4 thousand years ago. The British East India Co arrived in about 1800 to compete againt the Dutch. The then Sutan was persuaded to lease the area for $10k ( not sure which type) to the British and according to the history here was tricked into the agreement which was meant to be temporry and never formalised. 

Anyway the buildings are very grand and many of the best examples near seafront. The High court for example is a fine white building as are the Town and Chamber Hall.  There is a lot of evidence of Asian architecture. 

Like many towns in this area there is a China Town and Little India both of which were close to where I was staying. Therefore its possible to eat very cheaply eg for about a couple of pounds. I have found lots of new fruits but have no idea what they are called. There is a drink made from soya which is delicious.
This island is a ferry ride from the mainland and its free to get off. You only have to pay the other way. The ferry docks very conveniently by the bus station and I will get the ticket from here when I leave tomorrow. 

I have seen nothing of this Island and will come back. the reason for the rush is the plane ticked that I bougt in 2 days time to fly to Miri in Borneo. So another return visit. i   . 
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