Penang trip - Day 1
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Due to some personal reasons, which I donât think need to be mentioned here, my dear friend and travel buddy Anai decided to halt her Malaysia stay and continue her career back home. At the same time, our friend Gilbert (lolo) also resigned and did the same thing. So to make their last few weeks in Malaysia more memorable, we (Anai, Gilbert, Gen, and I) decided to have our well-deserved weekend break in Penang!
As usual, being the busiest slash parasite in the group, I did nothing in organizing this trip. From booking the accomodation, preparing the itinerary, Anai did everything. Even buying the bus ticket which she travelled from PJ to KL took her like an hour and so whereas the station is just few blocks away from my office, she still did that.
We all met at Pudu Raya bus station. Our bus is scheduled to leave early in the morning. Based from what we know, it will take us 5 hours to go to Georgetown. And based from our own experiences, buses usually always delayed so we werenât that much worried. And alas, we were delay by like an hour. But then again, we werenât that bothered because it was still too early in the morning so we will arrive in Penang just in time. So off we go.
Surprisingly, we arrived at Georgetown earlier than we expect. I was just like chatting with them in the bus, had a very short stopover for whoever wants to wee-wee or pooh-pooh, then had a quick nap, and the next thing we know we were already there in Penang.
Going back to our trip, we arrived at Mingood Hotel way too early that the check-in time. But good thing, the room we booked is already available. We booked a room with 4 single beds for a night. The room is tidy with basic necessities but a bit old and worn-out. The place is quiet and safe, a bit far from the busy drive but all in all in general itâs OK.
After we checked-in our things, we headed outside and looked for a place to have our breakfast. Hmm I forgot what we ordered, if I am not mistaken, we all had our pork rice meal and dumplings and of course the famous white coffee (tama ba Anai? Hehe).
We went back to our hotel and waited âtil 11am. I would say this is a very good idea. No need to worry about how to get from one place to another especially to those who donât have the luxury of time to see the town by their own means. The cab will bring you wherever you like whenever you want.
First stop is Kek Lok Si or better known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss.
Next is Penang Hill or locally well-known as Bukit Bendera. The place is 2750 foot high and way cooler than in the city below. They used to have a funicular railway that will bring you to the top, and change trains halfway. But when we went there, it was under construction. So the only option we have was to rent a 4-wheel drive car that will bring us to the top. The roads were very steep! Love the way the driver manoeuvre the car all the way up. It was a nice ride! And there were so many monkeys along the side! Too bad, the Canopy Walk was also under construction! But the cool and refreshing atmosphere, overlooking the panoramic view of Georgetown and the Strait of Melaka, is more than enough to recommend this place for a must-place-to-visit here in Penang.
After Penang Hill, we went back to downtown to have our late lunch. If my memory serves me right, the place is somewhere along the Batu Ferringhi main road area, though we didnât stay there long as we only want to have something fill-in on our empty stomach. We roamed around the city, passed-by mosque after mosque after mosque, beautiful architectural structures along the way. We went to souvenir shops to buy something that we can bring back to KL. Went to a shop that creates âbatikâ- a hand-made craft painted in clothe. And of course, we bought their famous white coffee! In different flavours such as the regular one, choco-mocca, orange, cappuccino, etc. Not obvious they love coffee (I actually donât fancy coffee that much, I only bought the cappuccino and mocca).
Before sunset, since Gilbert needs to go back to KL that night due to some prior engagement (yes he travelled for almost 5 hrs just for a day trip!) we asked the cab driver to bring us first to the bus station so he can check for bus schedule and buy ticket as well. After he settled everything for that nightâs trip, we finally asked the cab driver to bring us home to rest and refresh for the night.
That night, we decided to have our dinner at very popular Gurney Drive. This is a stretch of road or esplanade facing the Penangâs sea. This is one of Penangâs most happening social areas that is centred on the culture of dining! The whole strength is made for dining it is! A lot of options to choose from! Geez, I forgot the place where we ate. But it was like a huge open restaurant that serves fresh seafoods! Yummy! J
After our sumptuous dinner, we hangout and walk along the stretch (sort of like a baywalk area).