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May 27, 2007 - Penang

The island of Pulau Penang was literally the first port of call for the British East India Company on its mission to dominate trade in exotic Eastern produce from the Malay peninsula and beyond. Back in the days when men wore pony tails and tight trousers without needing to be the lead singer of a rock band, Penang was a thriving hub of commerce and there is still plenty of sturdy Georgian architecture dotted around the streets of the capital, Georgetown, as a reminder of who was once boss. Sadly, in the same way as my home town, Worcester,...

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Takeaway Tales

Apr 28, 2007 - Penang

After we left the island, we all journied up to Kota Bharu to catch different night buses to our next destinations, but unfortuantly for us both of our buses were full and we all had to overnight it in kota Bharu until the morning. It was great really as it gave us a chance to have a farewell meal, which we had in style in Pizza hut! The next morning we said our goodbyes and Leanne and Mat went off to Kuala Lumpur and we took the bus to the west coast to another, but very different island called Penang. Penang is quite large and extremly...

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Apr 26, 2007 - Penang

What a bloody drama to get here. I got accosted straight away by people wanting to get my business for their buses. I kept checking that it was definitely going to Georgetown and triple checking price. So with all hopefully in order, I climbed on board to be told my seat was the one in front. Roomy seat but literally no leg room. There was board at the seat level that cut out all the leg room. So I plonked my crap down on it, and proceeded to try and find a comfortable position without my feet in anyone's way or the bottoms of my shoes...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Mar 24, 2007 - Penang

Penang is a small island off the coast of Malaysia. They have still managed to cram as many sky scrapers as they can in a v small area though. So on our free day myself, Jo and Emma decided to take the local bus and go to a small fishing village on the coast. The bus had to stop for petrol on the way which was an experience. V funny! The locals were v friendly and unassuming, i think because tourists rarely visit. Our next stop was Batu Ferrengi, a beach resort, but i wish we hadn't bothered. Its just like any other seaside resort,...

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Emily's Adventures

Jan 24, 2007 - From Thailand to Malaysia..

From the rice and cashew nuts of Thailand to the Satay of Malaysia we have now crossed our first border and sampled a little of the delights of Penang....however on the way we did stumble across a beautiful island called Phi Phi. The photos are here for you all to enjoy...hope everyone is well love from us xx

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Dec 4, 2006 - leaving Penang

We had a long but quick day yesterday in Penang walking around the historic town and taking a funicular ride up the mountain for a view of the city at night. Now we are on our way to the bus station. The bridge off of Penang is over 16 km which should be fun this morning! We're on our way to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands.

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Nov 18, 2006 - Georgetown

Zaterdag Rond 8 uur vertrokken met een busje richting Maleisie. De minibusjes hier hebben wel airco maar als zo'n busje vol zit dan is het toch niet echt koel. Vandaag hebben we 10 uur reizen voor de boeg. Alles is goed verlopen en bij de douane ging ook alles goed. Apart is wel dat je geld moet betalen om het land te mogen verlaten. Niet dat het veel geld is (5 baht = 10 eurocent), maar toch. (blijf een Nederlander he haha). Toen we bij de douane van Maleisie aankwamen stonden er 2 "aparte" jongens in de rij. Ze zagen er uit als cowboys,...

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Dutchie on the move

Aug 25, 2006 - Arrives a Penang, en Malaysie

Arrives tard jeudi soir, nous sommes montes a notre hotel en bord de plage. Il fait chaud et tres humide ici. La plage est jolie, mais la plupart des gens se baignent dans les piscines des hotels (meduses). La Malaysie est formee d'une grande peninsule, de la majeure partie de l'ile de Borneo, et de plusieurs petites iles qui entourent la peninsule. Penang est une ile au nord de la Malaysie. Georgetown en est sa ville principale. Notre hotel est situe a l'exterieur de Georgetown, en bord de mer. C'est dommage, mais le bord de mer est...

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Jul 10, 2006 - Off to Penang

After a couple of days in KL we headed off to Penang Island. It was basically a choice between Langkwai and Penang, after a number of people told us Penang was fun and exciting while Langkwai was just a pretty beach for old people we decided Penang was the place for us. It's a short 40 minute plane trip to Penang, I think Joycie fell asleep while people were still boarding the plane and I followed soon after take off. I was a bit distressed when I woke and we were getting ready to land, then i discovered they don't serve any food on such a...

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Jul 5, 2006 - Penang Island

Ok...it's now July 5th - two months after my arrival home...and I'm still not done with my journal! Oops. After leaving the Perhentian Islands, Matt and I took a night bus across Malaysia to Penang - a popular island on the northwest coast. We arrived at the bus station bright and early at around 5am and got in a cab headed for Batu Ferrenghi - a beach town on the north side of the island. About halfway there, we decided that - based on the rainy weather - we would instead treat ourselves to a nice hotel in Georgetown - the main decent...

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Lisa's Journey

Jul 1, 2006 - Cameron Highlands - Panang (George Town)

After just 1hr 45min sleep for Colin, we got up at 6.30am. Colin was still drunk from the late night birthday drinking, which was propbably a good thing! We got ready and checked out the hostel, then met Adam and Jo to walk to the bus station in town. Adam was also still drunk, and had to go and wake Ken, the Irish guy, up so he wouldn't miss the bus. We bought our tickets to Penang and got on board the bus. Ken made it just as it was about to leave at 8am. We slept for most of the 5hr journey, with just a couple of brief stops, and made it...

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Jun 19, 2006 - Malaysia..Penang

Following Vietnam I spent some time in Northern Malaysia, capital K.Lumpur. Malaysia is a mixture if Chinese,Thai,Philipino, Indonesian,and others. Primary religion is Budhism and Islam Muslims, with a minority of Christians. There is a lot of see and do in this country which is split into two parts, Mainland just beldow Thailand leading to Singapore and Borneo just north of Indonesia. I will only be able to do the north this trip but will one day return to do the Borneo section which is full of national parks and some very ancient tribal...

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