Tag Archives: Penang

Bangkok Interchange Station

17 May
Bye bye Malaysia - Hello Thailand

Bye bye Malaysia - Hello Thailand

Bangkok seems to be a central point in South East Asia and in my trip around the region: cheap flights, good connections, lovely shopping, exciting nightlife, efficient infrastructure, great people,… It’s like an interchange station between different parts of my trip, between nature and back to civilization, between luxury and back to basics, between shopping mall’s food courts and street food.

This time round, I tried something different and traveled overland, by train, and almost lost my luggage in the process. I took the night train to Bangkok from Butterworth (North Malaysia, in front of Penang island), which set me back 105 Ringit but saved me a night in a hotel. It was also 22 hours of rambling route and forced relaxation, finally having some time to read the brick of a book that I am carrying with me already for a month or two.
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Funny Malaysia Pictures

15 May
Buy your Buddha in the Buddha supermarket

Buy your Buddha in the Buddha supermarket

There’s quite some pictures in my Malaysia posts, but here are a few that I thought were funny, special, weird, different,… (for different reasons – read comments – hehe)

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Penang sunset – the sky is on fire

10 May
Wow - the sky is on fire...

Wow - the sky is on fire...

Just in front of the Kampung House where I am staying, there is a beach bar with chairs and tables in the white soft sand, and some straw thatched umbrellas. The name of the bar was Sunset Bustro, and I thought this was just one of those ‘look good’-names to attract people. Until 6 pm arrived (and their happy hour, when beer ‘only’ costs as much as in Belgium) when the sun was going down. Then I realized that the sunset in Penang is THE reason to come here.

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Happy Wesak 2052 – Buddha’s birth

9 May
Burning my little lotus candle for Buddha

Burning my little lotus candle for Buddha

Yep – Happy New Year again! (for the 4th time this year, I know) This time the New Year took my by surprise. I was walking around town and on the spur of the moment, I thought to do something cultural, instead of only lying at the beach, reading, blogging and gazing at the beautiful sunset every night.

So I went to visit the lying Buddha in the Thai temple, and the Burmese Buddhist temple (in the same street). There were many many people around, and I only realized what was going on when I saw a little paper on the wall explaining that today is Wesak – Buddhist religious new year 2052. It was 2052 years ago that Buddha was born. So I decided to join in and get my blessing from the monks and light a flower candle for Buddha. Continue reading

No more 4 star hotels please

7 May
Sunway 4 star pigeon house

Sunway 4 star pigeon house

I was arriving in gorgeous George Town relatively late at night (with FireFly, another cheap one ;-) so I didn’t want to be stuck for lodging, so I booked a hotel via one of those booking sites (Agoda.com) which of course only have the nicer hotels – but at great value (negotiated prices). So I stayed at the Sunway 4 **** hotel. The view from the 11th floor was great, the room was comfortable, the bed better than my one at home, but I didn’t like it.

So after 2 days I moved down to a Kampung (village style) guesthouse at Batu Feringhi beach. A small wooden room, no reception (just go and find someone of the family), no room service, no shower cap or ironing board – but it was sooo cozy and on top of it there was a wooden veranda overlooking the beach. Continue reading

Gorgeous Georgetown Picture Post

6 May
George Town clock tower at gorgeous sunset

George Town clock tower at gorgeous sunset

At the same time as Melaka, the coastal town of Georgetown, on Penang Island in the North of Malaysia, also got recognized by Unesco as World Heritage. So many buildings in the historical centre are restored and cleaned up, and maps and guided walks are plentiful.

No Dutch or Portuguese here – only British – which you can clearly see in the names of the streets which are a funny mix of an English name and the word for street, lane or road in Malay (e.g. Lebuh Bishop, Lorong Stewart, Jalan Buckingham, etc). For the rest there are too many temples, mosques and churches to describe, so I’ll just make this a picture post. Continue reading

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