Saturday, 7 January 2012


Ali n Pete in Batu Feringgi Beach

Chinese Lanterns in George Town
Not long ago we had an email from friends of ours who we knew from Berlin, saying they now work in Asia and will be going for a holiday to the Island of Penang, (Photos here) which is 2hrs 45min by ferry, from Langkawi. Fiona and myself had planned to go there anyway, but with the chance to meet Pete and Ali again we thought it was a good idea to bring our plans forward.
The Ferry from Kuah left at 2:30 pm and the price was 115 RM p.P. return and the crossing was very smooth. We are normally quite well prepared for travelling, but this time we forgot to bring our micro-fleece (30°C + and warm clothes?) well, wherever you travel in Asia with A/C it can get cold...and it did. We covered ourselves with a towel as best as possible, but still arrived in George Town, Penang freezing. Once we got there though, it was a really nice surprise to see Pete and Ali waiting for us at the Ferry harbour and after big hellos and laughs we went on to find our accommodation "The Old Penang Guesthouse" in the centre of George Town. The place had a lot of old Colonial Character, high ceilings, wooden floorboards and shutters.
Snake Temple
But the room came as a bit of a disappointment as there was no window, just a double bed and....nothing :) the shared bathroom was clean, but on our floor there must have been about 20 people and only 2 showers and 2 toilets. It is ok to stay there for a short period but I would not recommend it for longer (at least not in our room) Breakfast consists of toast, jam and fresh fruit, tea/coffee, also hot/cold water so  adequate for 65RM a night....