Second Stop: Penang, Malaysia
12.04.2011 30 °C
We gracefully exited Kota Kinabalu and now enters the island of Penang or in Malay, Pulau Penang, which means the island of areca nut palm. Two years ago, Penang was listed as one of the year's must-visits. It is often called as "The Pearl of the Orient". Hmmm, the Philippines was called that name in history books I had in grade school. Oh well.:-)
I would say that Penang has quite a different feel to it compared to Kota Kinabalu. You would sense an air of European influence and Asian traditions mixed with the natural beauty of its well-preserved ecology all around you. You can see it in the architecture, the streets, the people, their lifestyle, and the food, as well.
If you're a food enthusiast and a photo explorer, Penang is the right place for you to indulge in your passions to the fullest without hurting your pocket too much.:-)
...One of the cheapest places to stay in is YMCA.
...Penang Bridge, which can be likened to the Golden Gate Bridge. Once a year, this bridge is closed to hold the country's longest annual marathon run.
...the oldest fort in Penang, named after Charles Marquis Cornwallis, India's governor general during the 17th century and which was built to protect the harbour from the French attacks.
...one of the European architecture evident within the city.
...around Fort Cornwallis
...although we didn't get a chance to see what's inside, travelers who are fond of visiting traditional markets should definitely check out this place.
Penang is witness to a peaceful mishmash of different religions.
In fact, two very popular Buddhist temples that tourists visit in Penang are Kek Lok Si Temple
...this is our driver, a Penangite, who became our instant best friend and protector.
here's a peek at Penang's nightlife.
...the biggest mall in the city.
...the bay walk in front of the mall.
...another night scene.
...just beside Gurney Plaza is a huge hawker center, a definite dining destination for all those visiting Penang for the first time.
...this is my favorite stand.:-)
...seafood and fried food.
let's go to where the real "partay" is...
...Hardrock Cafe Penang!!!\m/
...with the Beatles.
...great view around Hardrock Hotel premises.
...one of the super cool and super nice bartender dudes. great dreads, too!:-)
i guess that pretty much wraps up this post. more on Penang soon!