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May 15, 2006 - To Penang - MALAYSIA

15 May 06 - To Penang, MALAYSIA Left in a minibus at 0700, to be taken around the corner and dropped off for another minibus. There was just one other European person who was going to Malaysia for a visa run, the other people who locals going to various places en route to Hat Yai. When we got to Hat Yai, not far from the border, just before 1200 I was dropped off at an office and told that another minibus would pick me up at 1230 to go to Penang. It arrived at 1215 and our driver drove very carefully to the border, which was only about an...

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May 10, 2006 - Georgetown, Penang

Don't have much time here, so after stepping over the used condoms in the street outside our hostel, a couple of us decide to get a rickshaw tour around town to take in the main sights. Managed to see quite a lot in a short amount of time. Took in a few ornate temples and mosques, as well as some architecture left over from the Dutch occupation such as St George's Church, Fort Cornwallis and City Hall.

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Skye's Travels

May 9, 2006 - Hai Malaisie... et si nous faisons connaissance? Penang, Cameron Highlands, Perenthian islands et Kota Barhu.

24 avril, 16 heure environ, "C est bon mesdemoiselles, vous pouvez y aller... bienvenue en Malaisie!" nous dit le douanier, sourire aux levres. Un cachet d'une validite de 3 mois sur nos passeports, les portes s'ouvrent, on y est! Mais holaaa, pas si vite! Controle du vehicule... il y a comme qui dirait un "malaise"... c est negatif. Notre chauffeur passe alors 36.000 coups de fil, fait des allers-retours, enerve ses nerfs deja fortement enerves et nous, chauffants dans le minivan et ne comprenons pas un simple mot. Seulement apres une...

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Mar 27, 2006 - Malaysia

We arrived in Malaysia several days ago after a four-plus hour bus ride with Annika through the border from Thailand. She did great. We are staying on an island off the Northwest coast called Penang Island. The main city, Georgetown, is full of colonial type buildings, rows of old Chinese shophouses and all different temples, mosques and churches. The population on this island is made up of Indians, Chinese, Thai and Malay's. They all seem to live together quite well with many different languages being spoken. We have learned a few Malay...

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Mar 7, 2006 - Colonial bath tub

Roger Houston. We have a room with a bathtub. Over. Clean enough for use, yes. Over. She's in there right now. Over. So we had a bit of an "issue" getting our tickets for India sorted out. The plan was to buy Air Asia on line Penang to Bangkok, and then Bangkok to Delhi return on line on Travelocity with Air India (good connection). The reason to buy both is we want to connect on the same day through Bangkok, and you can't enter Thailand by air without an outbound ticket (strangely, you can by land). Anyway, I booked the Penang-Bangkok leg...

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honeymoonplanet

Feb 14, 2006 - Penang (da)

Georgetown, Penang 140206 Valentines Day - ja ikke fordi det er noget vi dyrker specielt!:) Vi har nu været her i Georgetown i to hele dage og har været temmelig aktive, her er meget at se på. Georgetown siges at være en af de mest kinesiske byer udenfor Kina. Ca. 60% af befolkningen her på öen Penang er kinesere, og de fleste bor her i byen, den eneste by på öen - resten er större og mindre landsbyer spredt over öen. Vi bor på Broadway Hostel - et let suspekt sted, i går aftes var der en mus på vores værelse! - mellem Chinatown og Little...

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Feb 12, 2006 - Penang (is)

Það var nú ekkert stress í morgun. Við vorum að slæpast til 10 við að koma okkur af stað og labba niður í garð þar sem leikvellirnir eru. Við sleptum Agli lausum og hann var enga stund að finna leikfélaga. Krökkunum finnst hann mjög forvitnilegur svona ljós og hann nýtur athyglinnar alveg í botn. Allt í allt eyddum við 2 tímum á þessum leikvöllum og Egill var sveittur og þreyttur eftir allt prílið og eltingarleikina. Við fórum á McDonalds að borða og síðan löbbuðum við á rútustöðina. Þar var vagn nr. 8 að leggja af stað. Hann gátum við...

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Jan 19, 2006 - Paneng

Update by JT with small but crucial contribution from Michel We have arrived in Paneng safely. It is very nice here and the locals seem very anxious to help us out with finding places. We are staying at the best hostel here thanks to the Lonely Planet guy. The staff are fantastic and told us everywhere to go and places to eat and the best currency exchange places. The food also is incredible at the hostel, we all had a poppa burger which is 2 beef patties 1 egg pattie carrots cucumber lettuce onions cheese mayo ketchup and more on one...

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Jan 7, 2006 - Georgetown, Penang

04-07 JAN: OF BOATS, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES AND MR T DECLARES GEORGETOWN A HIT So the taxi has dropped me at Mae Haad where I eventually find my way to the right departure jetty for Chumphon, which is not as easy as it should be. Here I am to get my 2.5 hour ferry to Chumphon, arriving 17:00, then wait until 22:45 for the sleeper train (not that it will be on time of course), arriving in Butterworth at 12:55 on 5 Jan. There it is but a short ferry ride to Georgetown, on Penang, and a bus to my accommodation. I get given half an orange sticker...

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Dec 23, 2005 - Georgetown, Malaysia

Text and photos to follow... UPDATE: We took the train up Penang Hill to see the spectacular views Georgetown had to offer. At the top, we also visited a Hindu temple in its elaborately coloured exterior and entertained ourselves with the canon. The next day, we decided to explore the botanical gardens. We have become well accustomed to the hungry monkeys and how to deal with them. We thought it was cute the way the monkey was perched on the very sign telling us not to feed them. How cheeky! Depending on who you ask, the flowers were...

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Dec 7, 2005 - Georgetown, Pulau Penang

We have now left the tropical island Pangkor to arrive at the larger island of Penang. We have really enjoyed the sun while on Pangkor, but the last few days it rained a lot. So weset sails for Georgetown and spent 3 hours in a leaking bus (we've learned to use the curtains as tissues to avoid getting soaked!). Never mind, we have found a very nice hotel "The Cathay Hotel" with a huge room, but no pool this time. The city is the largest we've seen till now in Malaysia having forgone Kuala Lumpur. It has a huge Chinatown and Little India...

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Dec 4, 2005 - Pangkor Island to Panang

Got up, checked out of roach motel and got some brekkie. (Just toast this time, much safer). Then rang a million places in Langkawi trying to get accomm. found one place which is too expensive so booked it anyway. Got ferry to Lumut and then found the next bus to Butterworth (about half way to Langkawi) not until 2pm leaving us nowhere near enough time to get to Langkawi, and in fact buses there don't operate after about 4pm - it's a 4 hour journey. So looks like we've got to stay in Butterworth for the night. Rang the hotel to cancel and...

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