Bridge or Ferry ?

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Georgetown, Penang

If you are going to Penang island via land, chances are you will be crossing via the bridge. It is apparently 13km long, that makes it in the top 10 longest bridges in the world. And the next Penang bridge being built will be connecting the southern end of the island to the mainland! Cost of this ? Don't look at me...

For those having the time and wanting a leisurely cruise on the cross channel ferry, you only pay a pittance as a foot passenger. Unfortunately the waters tend to be rather muddy due to the tides carrying in silt along the Straits of Malacca. However, during certain seasons, you will be able to witness the spectacle of thousands of jellyfish floating along the sea surface !  I'll try to get pics for this, I really can't remember when it happens. Anyone who fancies some crunchy starters for their meal can just reach in with a net and help themselves.

Look at the new coat of paint ! Don't you try poking the hull.
And.. if you happen to fall in, then you can enjoy your swim with those lovely soft floating cushions in the sea.

The view of Georgetown, the city area of Penang can be seen from the ferry. With a good camera and a photo editor, you can transform the usually hazy view into a postcard perfect picture. 


Oh, you don't need David Copperfield to make the Penang bridge disappear. The greater trick would be to make it visible when the haze comes in from Sumatra. The haze made the entire resort island of Jerejak disappear from sight at a distance of less than a km. Free tickets to the show ! Just line up at the jetty at Sg. Nibong.  Bring your own gas mask !

trippin_jen says:
Posted on: Mar 04, 2012
sylviandavid says:
very nicely written, Kong... I love the image of the the jellyfish.... Sylvia
Posted on: Jul 30, 2010
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Georgetown, Penang
Georgetown, Penang
Look at the new coat of paint !
Look at the new coat of paint ! …
You get also fast ferries etc. to …
You get also fast ferries etc. to…
Ferry, Vehicular Deck
Ferry, Vehicular Deck
They sure looked a lot bigger when…
They sure looked a lot bigger whe…
Yup, thats really the colour of t…
Yup, that's really the colour of …
Guess how old was the one I was on…
Guess how old was the one I was o…
Ferry terminal
Ferry terminal
Penang Bridge seen from the ferry …
Penang Bridge seen from the ferry…
View from Ferry
View from Ferry
Pirates ????
Pirates ????
Cruise Terminal
Cruise Terminal
photo by: Aurora78