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Mar 11, 2019 - Penang Playtime

March 11 Our flight to Penang was around 1 o’clock and we used the very convenient car service GRAB (which bought out Uber here) to get from Ian’s condo to KLIA for the one hour flight. The only complication was that having skipped breakfast at the condo it turned out there’s no VIP lounge after security clearance in the domestic terminal. Thus, I was pleased that in order to book checked bags we had to take a package including a meal and seat selection. Perhaps it was because, as the French say, “Hunger is the best aperitif”, but the...

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Mar 28, 2018 - Georgetown, Penang Malaysia – Taxi n KFC

We decided to take a break today from tours and buses. The pier is right in town, so the plan was to have breakfast in the sit down restaurant (first time in the whole cruise), wander the town and have lunch in a nice hotel. Didn’t get past the cruise terminal, when plans changed. We decided to hire a taxi for 2 hours and then go to lunch. I had to be back at the ship for a 3 PM hair appointment. Mr D our taxi driver explained what he thought he could fit into two hours and gave us a map to see if we wanted anything else. First stop was...

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Jan 6, 2018 - Malaysia

Hi one and all, hopefully you behaved as you should to bring in 2018. Loads of parties happened around the various pools and in many of the bars here on board. Everyone seems to have had a good time and things were pretty quiet on board until about lunchtime New Year's Day. On 2 Jan we called in to Bali. We dropped anchor about 3 kms off shore and had to tender in. Given we'd done most of the usual touristy things during previous visits to Bali we decided to check out Denpasar and get to other less visited places. As usual Bali was hot and...

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Jan 10, 2017 - Georgetown - Touring by foot

Really hot today (no change there then!) Went out around 11.30am after googling places to go in Georgetown. Got a map from reception (top-tip) Found most of the street art - not brilliant in my opinion but good fun posing by it all. Lunch in market 4RM 74p each (Tom -Yum Rice & Went to the 3d museum which was also good fun! Got some clay bracelets on the way back for Jess & Alice RM12 each £1.84 and a batik make-up purse for Jess RM12 £2.12

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Jan 9, 2017 - Off to Penang

Air Asia 2 hour flight to Penang. 'Pocket Pie' and water included in price. Got Uber driver to Georgetown, not sure he knew how to use their site as asked for RM12, we gave him RM25 £2.74! Barg! Arrived at New Asia Heritage Hotel above a shop. 2* Town & traffic very busy. Stopped for chinese street food - things on a stick which you dip into the boiling water for as long as tolD, eat then show colour coded sticks to pay. Found the Reggae Bar Stef told us about. 'Free' vodka Sprite for me, bottle of Tiger for Tim RM15 £2.75. Just after...

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Apr 4, 2016 - Penang

April 4, 2016, Penang Breakfast at our (Red Rock) hotel is not catered to western appetites. Lots of rice, noodles, soup, vegetables, etc. There is white bread and scrambled eggs. At 9 am we are being picked up by Steven, our driver, with a minivan for our half day city tour. The heat and humidity is already oppressive. Fortunately the sun is not shining. We drive through the city and Steven proves to have a wealth of knowledge of Penang. He was born here. He points out a lot of buildings, schools, temples and businesses. Penang has a large...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Krabi to Penang

April 3, 2016, Krabi - Penang We carry our luggage down to the lobby and have a very bland breakfast - not worth the money we pay for it. Two of our group members look very pale this morning - one has diarrhea and the other vomited half the night! A real happy, healthy bunch we are! The drive to Penang starts at 8:30am. We settle into our minivan (with air conditioning!)for the long haul - 9 hours. The surroundings are not particularly exciting to look at, but the towns we drive through give a nice street-view of life: shops, markets, some...

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Feb 16, 2016 - Penang

We had the morning to ourselves & went for a short walk along past where a large cruise liner was disgorging it's hundreds of guests. We watched the taxi drivers & tour sellers milling round them like flies round a honey pot. Gabby & her dad picked us up at midday & we had another little tour round before lunch. After lunch we went to look around an old Chinese house which has been turned into a museum of sorts. The owner has collected masses of furniture, clothing, jewellery etc and set them out in the old house. It probably wouldn't have...

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South East Asia 2016

Feb 15, 2016 - Heading To Penang, Malaysia

Up early & off to the coach station to catch the 9.15am to George Town, the capital of Penang Island. We stopped off on the way at an Indian cafe for a breakfast of roti & Dahl. Made a change from from our hotel breakfasts. Our coach was called an Aeroliner & the seating was very comfortable with seatback entertainment screens & leg rests. We waved goodbye to Joan & settled back to enjoy the four hour trip. It has been a lovely weekend & we are so grateful to have to Joan for her marvellous hospitality. To top it all she had arranged with...

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Mar 5, 2015 - Entry 18 - Eat, Sleep, Sightsee, Rest - Repeat

It's been just over a month & Malaysia has been the perfect destination to ease our way into the rest of the year. She has made us feel welcome with the familiarity of Thailand & Bali by her heat, humidity, endless supply of street food, fresh fruit & coconuts. Currently its 31 degrees with 71% humidity. Today has been cooler than the norm. Liters of water & and air conditioning have been essential for our sanity over the past few weeks. I have lost track of time. We are both trying to rewire ourselves to sleep when we're tired and wake up...

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Feb 1, 2015 - 1 February

Ok, this hotel has had the worst wifi ever, so getting picture onto this site has been a bit of a pain. When I've been able and have had wifi in a cafe or bar, I've added some here and there - just to trick you, you understand :) 31st January Nothing to report except we sat on a bus for one and a half hours there and the same back. Wasn't particularly interesting when we got there but the journey was enlightening. We'd thought that Penang wasn't built up except around the city area. Yes it is....it's so built up. There's loads of high...

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Jan 30, 2015 - Botanical Gardens

Well. Had a swim before going out in search of breakfast and then on to the botanical gardens as planned. Dropping our towels off at reception on the way out, we met the manager. A really interesting man who engaged us in conversation for a while suggesting places to visit. We're going to the war Cemetary tomorrow and then on to a little village where they make nutmeg necklaces? We went up the road to where we had dinner last night because they had breakfast in the menu....don't open till 11:00am. What? So walked up towards the bus...

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