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Jun 22, 2009 - Penang

Die Fahrt von den Cameron Highlands nach Penang ging problemlos vonstatten - aber schliesslich hatten wir auch einen Super-VIP-Bus (so heisst die luxurioesere Busflotte in Malaysia wirklich!) Super-VIP bedeutet in dem Fall: breitere und komfortablere Sitze mit Beinstuetzen und Air-Condition (Super-VIPs muessen wohl die ganze Zeit frieren - kein Wunder sind die immer so schlecht gelaunt!). Zusaetzlich gabs diesmal einen grottenschlechten Film (Anaconda), den niemand wirklich schaute... Von Butterworth gings mit der Faehre auf die Insel nach...

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Nina in Malaysia

May 8, 2009 - Penang, Malaysia

Penang was a three day stop. Malaysia is a Muslim country with three main cultures - Malay, Indian and Chinese - that make up the distinctive cuisine and traditions. Penang is an island that pays homage to all three cultures. While there we toured the Cheong Fat Tze mansion - one of several homes owned by the Chinese millionaire. The tour of his home was a fascinating introduction to traditional Feng Shui and the guide was a really funny Chinese woman who told a lot of corny jokes and shared some great background on Penang architecture and...

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Apr 24, 2009 - Malaysia

Damn Malaysia is nice!! We didn't expect to like it so much so we havn't left much time to see it which we are a bit gutted about, it's a lot more developed than we expected it to be but in a good way. Anyway it was a grueling journey to get here we had to get on two different boats and three different buses. The passport control at the border took forever as well but so far it has been worth it. We are staying in a really nice hostel which is the center of all the good stuff and it is cheap as chips like everything else here. The first day...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Georgetown, Penang, a UNESCO Heritag SiteWit

With only one full day to spend in Georgetown, Josh and I decided to make the most of it, arming ourselves with the Lonely Planet map and heading out. We plotted a route through Georgetown via all the interesting heritage sites, many of which were religious buildings. Georgetown was first colonised by the British (and the East India Trading Company) in 1786, and since then has expanded into being such a multi-cultural town. Before being taken over by the British, the Malays, Chinese and Indians were already around! The town is just an...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Feb 19, 2009 - Cameron Highlands and the delayed trip to Penang

We made the decision to catch the 2.30pm bus to Penang the next day, because it takes 6 hours to get there, and we wanted to check out some final things in the Cameron Highlands before saying goodbye. So after a relaxing morning of visiting the strawberry farms (yum!) the butterfly farm (beautiful!) and the bee farm (total crap, don't bother going there!!) we arrived at the bus station at 2.15pm as instructed by the rather rude old Chinese fellow we'd bought our tickets off the day before. After sitting there for about 20 minutes, and...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Feb 15, 2009 - George Town, Penang

Started the morning with a visit to Fat Chi Song (find correct spelling later) Mansion with the only Tour of the day 11am. He was the Rockefeller of the East and when he died in 1921? Several governments around the world ordered their citizens to fly their flags at half mast. It was a real rags to riches story. The Mansion was the best example of the many houses he had built and kept to a traditional Chinese (chi and feng sui) design. It was so warm that a few of us hailed a taxi and went to the beach which was mostly full of water sport...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Penang

Arrived Penang which was my first port of call in Malaysia. After arriving I read that the Home Office only recommend train travel in Southern Thailand and only under exceptional circumstances - ignorance is bliss - happy valentines day! The Cathey Hotel was typical ex colonial and ex decorator (probably since that era!) The room I had was vast with 3 beds and a double door that would not be out of place as an entrance to a castle. The bath room had a leaking toilet and a large gaping hole under the bath, where some plumber had started the...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Penang

This morning we headed to Penang in minivans. One of the guys and I are both sick so we quarantined ourselves in the front row and organized ourselves comfortably enough that we slept most of the ride away. We did squeeze in 1 game of cards (I taught him crazy 8s) and I lost, 5 games to 4 after leading 4-2. We arrived in Penang to a great hotel and were pleasantly surprised with hot weather and not much humidity (Penang is an island) and a pool at the hotel. Plus, because I've had roomates up until this point it was my turn for a single...

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Jul 6, 2008 - Penang

We arrived in Kuching late on July 5 and basically just crashed for the night. Got up early the next morning and started walking around, only to realize that it was Sunday and basically everything was closed! Next alternative - temples. We saw about 5 temples - take a picture of the outside, take a picture of the inside, next temple, and so went the routine for the morning. I wasn't too interested because it was so damn humid out, so we sat down and had some dim sum. Apparently, 11am is late in Penang for dim sum because when I was asking...

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Jun 2, 2008 - Georgetown/Penang (MALASIA)

Tome un bus a la isla de Penang en Malasia. El cruce de la frontera fue facilisimo; hasta hubiera podido pasar sin visa con el pasaporte peruano si no fuera porque habia entrado a Tailandia como italiano. Penang fue donde los holandeses establecieron el Dutch East India Company y luego los ingleses la tomaron como sede del British East India Company. Ha sido siempre un centro de comercio. Ahora hay algunos vestigios de ellos, hasta de los portugueses que habian venido primero (especialmente los colegios catolicos). Esta una mansion de un...

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Mar 19, 2008 - Malaysia 1

We arrived into Penang, Malaysia on the morning of March 19. Customs took a bit longer than expected so we didn’t get off the ship until around 2pm. Georgetown is the capital of the island and state of Penang. As one of the largest islands in the Strait of Malacca, it was a hideaway for pirates and later a base for the British East India Company. In Penang, Malays comprise about 30 % of the population. Nearly 2/3 of the population of Penang is Chinese, most of whose ancestors immigrated during the 19th and 20th centuries. Malaysians of...

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Mar 2, 2008 - Marching on to Malaysia

Sat 23 Feb 2008 - Bangkok Flew down courtesy of Air Asia from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Dumped me bags at the guesthouse and then shot straight off to the Lumpini Stadium for some Muay Thai Boxing - bloody stuff tonight with 2 KOs. Then onto a late night street bazaar for some much needed food, and finally the metro home - clean, efficient, and quick. Just like the London Underground! The next day it was mad panic to get it all in before setting off for the station and tye overnight train to Khao Sok, in southern Thailand. Visited the Royal...

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