After a nice relaxing time by the pool, or on the beach in Langkawi, we took a short 20 minute flight over to Penang. By the time they had finished the safety briefing we were being told we were landing soon, it was great. We again arrived at our hotel before check -in time, so again we tried to work our charm to check-in early, and it worked, all checked in by 12pm. Our hotel was on the beach which was great as we could go on a white sandy beach whenever we wanted without any crowds.
The first day we arrived, we went and did a bit of exploring. We came across “Times Square mall” on the map and thought this would be a large, busy shopping centre, when we got there we couldn’t be more wrong. All of the shops were closed and we were the only people in the whole mall. We quickly got a Grab to another shopping centre (which actually had people in) and looked around for a bit. We realised that they had a really cheap cinema there and they were showing films that hadn’t come out in the UK yet, so we decided to watch Dolittle. Great film, and even better when you only pay £4 to watch it. If you ever want to watch a film in Malaysia and you’re picky about the flavour of popcorn, be careful! The cinema we went in only served 3 flavours, Bubblegum, Caramel or… DOUBLE Caramel, so 2 sweet maybe even sickly flavours, and then diabetes in a bag.
The next day we headed to the Penang Hill station, this is one of the main attractions that Penang is known for, as the train takes you to the highest peak of Penang hill. This railway has the steepest tunnel track in the world and offers amazing views and observatories at the top. When we reached the top, we took pictures of the city and also saw monkeys in the trees which was pretty cool.
Penang has well-known street-art throughout the city so we decided in the evening to go and see what was about. All the street-art is throughout the Georgetown area of the city and is really good as you unknowingly cover a lot of the city in search of street art. A lot of the art is by one artist and they use 3D objects alongside the paintings which make it seem even cooler. Our favourite piece was the ‘Kids on the swing’ piece where you can sit on a swing, coming out of the wall.
Another place we visited was the ‘Secret Garden’. The was a short walk from our hotel and the trees in this garden are covered in lights. It looks a bit like some of the scenery you’d see in the Avatar film without 10ft blue people walking about. It’s really cool at night and got quite busy when we got there as there were celebrations at the Chinese temple for Chinese New Year.
We have to give a shout out to the Andrew Kampung’s restaurant in Batu Ferringhi. This was recommended by Ali’s cousin Ed, so we thought we’d give it a try. It was a short Grab ride away from our hotel and it was amazing and incredibly cheap. Our favourite dishes were Marmite Chicken and the Penang curry. We would have included pictures but they don’t do the food justice. If you are ever in Penang, this is a must!
Next stop Kota Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo!