We had been in Georgetown, Penang for three days around area of the main downtown area walking on average 12kms/7.5miles a day seeing the local sights but decided it was time to go further afield, to do this we purchased a three-day pass on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which travelled to various outlying areas.
First day we jumped on the bus at (Stop 07) Komtar and stayed on without getting on and off other than at the terminal (Stop 22) where we stretched our legs for a few minutes before continuing to see where it went and what stops had items of interest.
From the tour we made note of what stops we would disembark in the fallowing couple of days. That night Catherine googled potential restaurants for dinner that evening and came up with Veloo Villas.
At this restaurant they served the food on a Banana Leaf.
When the food was served they brought steamed rice and sauces dished up in what I would call paint tins, these sauces had of variety of flavours to use on the rice. As tourists we were also given utensils as some of the locals still eat with only the fingers on the right hand.
From here we strolled back in the general direction of the hotel stopping in at an open-air bar called Pakak, they had some live music being played and it appeared to be popular with the younger more affluent crowd in Georgetown.
Next morning, we caught the bus across the street from the police station which was next to our hotel. The policeforce in Georgetown was established in 1807.
Our first stop would be at Stop 13 – Burmese and Thai Buddhist Temples.
The following are just some of the items at this temple:
Next, we walked literally across the street to the Thai Buddhist Temple, again just some of the items if interest:
We hopped back on the bus and continued to Stop 01, this is on the waterfront looking across the Straight of Malacca towards the mainland. At this stop there is a modern shopping mall with some high fluting stores called Gurney Mall, its just like many malls in North America along with NA pricing. After a quick walk around, we decided we would walk back to the hotel, which was about 4kms/2.5miles. We started in the direction we thought was right but asked a local Chinese Malaysian that was passing us to confirm. Well he said we were in-fact going in the right direction but continued to tell us that it was between 3 to 4 kms away, which we had already determined. After we had parted ways we walked to the main road that would pass directly past the end of the street where our hotel was located, we had been walking for about 15 minutes when a car pulls up and the driver tells us to get-in!
As it turns out it was the chap we had asked to confirm our directions saying it was to far to walk. When we met him, he was on his way to pick-up his car. He gave us a quick tour of some good restaurants and pointed out some points of interest. One of the restaurants he mentioned was owned by his niece, funnily we had actually stopped in at for a nightcap after going to the Red Garden a couple of nights prior, he then dropped us off at our hotel.
For our last day we had decided to go to Penang Hill (Stop 03) for our first stop.
To go up Penang Hill we walk but decided to catch the Funicular:
A funicular (/fəˈnɪkjʊlər/) is one of the modes of transportation which uses a cable traction for movement on steep inclined slopes.
A funicular railway employs a pair of passenger vehicles which are pulled on a slope by the same cable which loops over a pulley wheel at the upper end of a track. The vehicles are permanently attached to the ends of the cable and counterbalance each other. They move synchronously: while one vehicle is ascending the other one is descending the track. These particularities distinguish funiculars from other types of cable railways. For example, a funicular is distinguished from an inclined elevator by the presence of two vehicles which counterbalance each other. (Wikipedia)
There was also an original of the old funicular carriage at the top on display.
There were great views of the surrounding area:
Penang Hill also had a Mosque and a Hindu Temple the latter was in the process of being refurbished:
From here we continued to Stop 04, Kek Lok Si Temple:
While on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus we passed the most elaborate Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant we’ve ever seen.
In Malaysia generally, while both driving and walking around you have to watch out for the motorcyclist as they would pass you on either side and come out of nowhere. Even on the sidewalks you had to have your wits about you.
Lots of motorcyclists ware their jackets back to front, I never quite figured out why, other than it stopped bugs getting blown into their clothes.
Our last full day in Georgetown we decided to try and see as much of the street art as possible.
Next: Malaysian Street Art