Penang…

…a quaint and unique Malaysian city.

I absolutely love Penang, especially how I have a personal connection to it.

It’s where my mother was born and raised. It’s where my parents met, and where I was conceived.

After spending 24 hours on the train from Bangkok, we embarked at Butterworth – Penang’s main train station and caught a ferry to the island. The ferry only cost us RM1.20 (AUD$0.40) and was a 20 minute ride.

We then took a taxi to our accommodation – Red Inn Heritage, a hostel on Love Lane. We were able to grab a bed for AUD$4 each per night…but it turned out to be a terrible decision. Worst hostel I’ve ever stayed in, although the staff there were lovely. Bed bugs everywhere – we kept on waking up at 2-3AM every night to apply insect repellant. The bathroom was filthy and the showers were just…weird. There were proper shower heads, but they weren’t connected to the water mains…so instead, there were weird water shooters thingies – I don’t know how to explain this one – which shoots water right out of the wall. I can honestly say that this was the most weirdest shower I’ve ever had.

Love Lane is where most hostels are in Penang – and a very popular spot for backpackers. It’s right in the heart of George Town, otherwise known to locals as Penang.

Right around the corner on Chulia Street, there is a cute boutique cafe called The Mugshot Cafe. We fell in love with it, and had the majority of our meals there. They have the BEST bacon and egg bagels, and deeeeeeelicious juices! They also do A to the MAZING meatball pasta meals. Ahhh…how I would love to go back there. Penang is relatively small, and quite easy to get around. I would recommend you to do a walking tour of the main town – or rather, George Town if you will. George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is mainly recognised for its unique architectural and cultural buildings – another reason why you should visit! A visit to Batu Ferringhi is also recommended, especially during evening for its spectacular sunset on the beach – be warned, they have big arsed mosquitos so be prepared to swat them away when they attack you 😉 You can get a taxi to Batu Ferringhi for approximately RM40 (AUD$13.22), or if you want to do it cheaply, you can catch a bus there which shouldn’t be more than RM2 (AUD$0.66). There are night markets as well – worth having a look, although a lot of the stalls pretty much sell the same stuff. I can say that I prefer Penang over Kuala Lumpur 😉 Amineh and Haley said that they didn’t like Malaysia when we left KL, and I said that there’s still Penang to explore on our way back to Singapore… the moral is don’t judge a country based on ONE city 😉 I would definitely go back and spend more time there – 2 nights wasn’t enough! It also helps that Penang is pretty cheap – actually, it’s a whole lot cheaper than Kuala Lumpur! Peace out 🙂 S x

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