4th Mar 2016 – 6th Mar 2016. 2 nights.
11,919km travelled. 709km travelled excluding flights.
I got the monorail over to Kuala Lumpur Sentral and then the train up to Butterworth station in Penang which took about 4 hours. The ferry across to the island was just across the road. It was about a fifteen minute walk to the hostel but it was 35 degrees.
The hostel was called House of Journey. No complaints and they had decent internet.
Some parts of the town were fairly run down.
There were some colonial buildings around including a Queen Victoria clock tower.
The Chinese clan jetties were fairly dodgy houses and shops, basically an entire street, built out over the ocean.
There were a lot of Muslims about and one of their mosques was around the corner. The men were praying a few times when I passed and the women were waiting outside or in cars with the engine running and air conditioning on.
There were a number of Chinese clan buildings around, apparently Chinese migrants passing down south would stop off here to learn more about their given trade.
One area was supposed to be famous for street art.
I had heard from a number of people that Penang is the best place in Malaysia for food. I tried an Indian place in Little India called Restorna Kapitan and later a Chinese food court called Red Market where they had a various performers taking turns singing cheesy American pop music. There was also a Chinese place called Tek Sen that got extremely busy just after I got the last table. The four person table I was holding was outside just where queue started. They also had Nestle "Traffic Lights" which were like mini Fruit Pastille ice lollies. Most ice cream just melts immediately in the heat.