Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Hi everyone,
We had an organised coach tour on Sunday and a day ashore on Monday with Graham and Anne from sv Kakadu.  Both were fun.

Zen Again at Jerejak Anchorage
The coach tour visited Pen Marine, where yachts and also much larger vessels can be hauled out and servicing carried out.  From there we went to the Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre, where we learned about Malaysia's "medical tourism".  Interesting to a point, but not really our thing.

Presidential Suite at the Specialists Centre
We then briefly toured Georgetown, the main city on Penang.  It has a lot of historic buildings and is another Malaysian city awarded UNESCO heritage listing.  Fort Cornwallis was unfortunately just a quick photo opportunity.

We stopped for a while at a Buddhish temple featuring a large "reclining" buddha.  We visited The Coffee Tree, where we bought some very nice local coffee and chocolates.  Finally we visited Straits Quay, where there is a small marina and a large mall.  The tour ended with a really good dinner at an excellent Indian restaurant.

Reclining Buddha
On Monday we took a taxi into Georgetown and walked around exploring.  We started at Tanjung Marina where quite a large marina disintegrated within a few years of completion.  The piles were at all sorts of crazy angles, and not a walkway to be seen.  In town we tried the very tasty Penang "white coffee".  We then spent a couple of hours in the Perakhanan Mansion which is a very interesting museum.

From the museum we walked around a little more and found an excellent spot for lunch - RM30 (A$10) for four!  After that we caught a taxi to Penang Hill where we rode up the railway to the top of the hill.  Impressive views from the top, which just about made the queues and busy train ride worthwhile.
Penang Hill train
View from Penang Hill

All in all Penang is an interesting place.  It has a free trade zone on its SE side, where many semiconductor and electronics factories are located.  The airport nearby has a lot of cargo flights, as well as many international passenger flights.  The traffic around the island, and particularly near Georgetown, is very heavy.  Lots of housing development underway.  Tis a happenin' place.

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