A brief stop in Penang
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After a couple of days in the Cameron Highlands we bought ourselves a bus ticket and headed for Penang. The bus was a massively comfortable coach; a complete contrast to the sort of things we'd got used to in India. The journey was long but very smooth. The final leg of the trip to Georgetown was to hop on the ferry to get across to Penang.
On arrival in the town we didn't need to long to find somewhere to stay, although walking around in the heat with our rucksacks on we worked up quite a sweat. We were pleased to settle down and have a shower.
We found Georgetown to be a little disappointing. We were able to find places to eat with quite nice food, but were a little disappointed by both Little India and Chinatown; we thought that it might be because we'd just come from India, and before that China.
We did an excursion to Penang Hill, where we had to queue for over an hour for the tram to take us up, and the same to get down. We only spent a short time at the top, because there was nothing much to see or do.
The most interesting thing about Georgetown was looking at some of the British colonial heritage, in particular Fort Cornwallis.
We didn't try the beaches on Penang, having just spent a week on the beach. We met a lot of people on our travels who'd really enjoyed their time in Penang, and perhaps it's because they spent their time on the beach.
After a couple of days we bought ourselves a minibus transfer to Krabi and headed off to Thailand. We changed our Malaysian money into Thai baht at a money changer who tried to pocket some of the money: he quoted us a not-that-great rate, but one we accepted, but when it came to giving us the money I was presumably not supposed to notice that the amount I received was less than I should have got. I had insist three or four times until I got all of the money that we'd agreed I should get, as it came across the counter in dribs and drabs. I insisted down to the last baht. Presumably he's used to people just not noticing, or feeling too self-conscious to insist.