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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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Dec 1, 2005 - Malaysia Peninsular - Georgetown

Two taxi's, four buses and a ferry later we had finally arrived at our hotel in Georgetown on the island of Penang, which is supposed to be home to some interesting architecture. Well, we didn't really see any with the exception of a couple of small religious buildings. For a lot of the time here we spent time on the internet trying to arrange our next move, to Laketown Resort, mainly to see their Orang Utan's in their Rehabilitation Sanctuary on a 35 hectare island. Becky's parents friends, Tony and Lindy, had mentioned that they had seen...

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Nov 14, 2005 - Cameron Highlands and Penang Malaysia

Cameron Highlands and Penang We decide to escape the heat for a little while and so headed to the Cameron Highlands, which is an old British tea plantation. The area is in the mountainous central area of the Malaysian Peninsula. The cooler temperatures give us a welcome respite and a chance to recuperate for Heidi who has picked up a nasty cold. As well, she popped her knee out. She is recovering nicely now, so no worries. While in the Highlands we had the opportunity to visit the famous tea plantations. They were truly beautiful. The area...

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Nov 8, 2005 - Pulau Pinang

Have had to spend a little longer on the island as the festivities of the end of Ramadam have made it impossible to get a ferry to Sumatra until tomorrow morning. Prices have risen and now a single fare has risen to RM150pp so leave at 8.30am across the straights of Melaka for Sumatra. Have been awoken the past couple of mornings by the dawn chorus, but not from birds !! The calling to prayer, but what ever happened to the Rabbi calling from the tower? The tower still remains but now has loudspeakers attached !! The sky at dusk was alight...

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Oct 31, 2005 - Pulau Penang, Malaysia

It was fortunate that flights happened to be much cheaper out of Penang than KL because not only were we able to spend more time in Malaysia and see another island but we saved money to boot. I call that a win-win situation. Georgetown is another former colony from back when the Brits had their stab at controlling the trade routes through the straight of Melaka. It still retains quite a few nicely-refurbished colonial buildings as well as a healthy scattering of pubs and good grub. English is widely spoken. It is claimed that Georgetown...

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Sep 30, 2005 - we are on the beach!

Hello!! It has been awhile since we have posted an update so i will backtrack a bit. after cameron highlands (see previous update) we took a bus to georgetown on the island of penang - another big backpackers stop. the town was filled with little shops/markets and lots of places to eat. we did not stay very long because we all were quite excited to get to thailand. so the next day we signed up for the 12 hour "mini-bus" ride to phuket, thailand. We didn't realize til it pulled up infront of our hostel to pick us up that their version of a...

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Sep 26, 2005 - Georgetown, Penang Island (19-20/09/05)

L'île de Penang et la ville de Georgetown sont notre dernière étape en Malaisie avant la traversée du détroit de Malacca vers l'île indonésienne de Sumatra. Georgetown est un peu une enclave de la communauté d'origine chinoise en Malaisie. Cette communauté d'origine chinoise, amenée en Malaisie par les Britanniques à l'époque coloniale, représente 30% de la population malasienne, le reste étant constitué d'une majorité de Malais et d'une minorité d'origine indienne, plus quelques descendants de Britanniques restés sur place. En gros,...

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Sep 21, 2005 - Penang

Costa Del Penang After a long journey from the Cameron Highlands, we eventually reached the Island of Penang. A well established western tourist trade and a rampant over 50's club makes Penang mirror the Costa Del Sol. We're staying in a nice four star beach hotel which we found on Expedia before we arrived. The heat is on. Even the over 50's club doesn't come out until after midday and then they still remain in the shade. Tomorrow we're heading somewhere in Thailand. ---

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Sep 10, 2005 - Georgetown, Malaysia

So I've arrived in Malaysia. I'm in Georgetown which, as you can probably guess from the name, is one of Britain's old colonial trading ports. Georgetown sits on the eastern coast of an island called Penang just off the northwest coast of Malaysia. It's a much bigger place than I expected, a real city with skyscrapers and the like. I don't know why but I was thinking it would be a bit less developed...must be the Thai influence. Things here are very different to where I've come from. Malaysia is a Muslim country and seems generally more...

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Sep 3, 2005 - Penang, Malaysia

Not much to say about this place. It's a bit rubbish really. Not much here. Few interesting lady boys though! Did visit a mosque though - had to wear the kit and everything to get in - looked rather cool! An American guy, recently converted to Muslim, guided us around - which was quite lucky actually as we learnt a lot more about it all. The Saturday night, however, was excellent. VERY FUNNY. We went to a bar to watch the England match. There was a band called the Mickyey Mouse band playing. They were excellent. I wish I took my digi cam...

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Jun 25, 2005 - Georgetown

Georgetown would have to be the first place that made us think "What the hell are we doing here"? When we arrived there was a heavy smoky haze hanging over the city, and it was incredibly hot - sweaty hot. Nothing seemed open and the streets were overly dirty. Not the best first impression!! Malaysia is so different than Thailand - we miss Thailand. In Malaysia there are three very distinct groups: Chinese, Muslim, and Indian. (None of which we fit into!) It's an interesting mix, but it seems to work for them. The best part about it would...

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May 4, 2005 - Penang, Georgetown, Malaysia

All right, I'll fess up. True, we went to Georgetown because the guidebook said that it is famuous for the quality and variety of food there. True, although since I (Charlie) am a creature of habits, got us to go for breakfast every day to a dim sum place where old ladies were pushing around the nicely stocked carts. Here is my question, though: why is that the old ladies at the Malaysian restaurant speak better English that those who work at a similar establishment in Boston????? (I am an immigrant myself and English is not my first...

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