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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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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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