Bridge or Ferry ?
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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.
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 !