My fourth visit to Penang was part of a Holland America Cruise that I took over Christmas and the New Year with my sister Brenda just a few years ago. As I mentioned in Penang – Part One, this is one of my favourite places and so I was really excited to share it with my sister. The walk from the cruise ship port to the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, where we had a lunch of local food, is approximately a kilometer and a half and passes by some historical sights. I had a martini to raise a toast to Farquart’s Bar and to Billy Duncan.
Penang Island, in the Straits of Malacca, is my favourite part of Malaysia. In fact, it is one of my favourite places in South East Asia. Last month, I went to Penang for the fifth time and I decided it was time to write about it on this blog.
The first time I went to Penang was about 7 1/2 years ago. I wrote about it on The AFB and if you follow this link you can read about how Penang had been on my list for a long time.
That first trip was to George Town, the capital of Penang and it was love at first sight for me. I spent an entire day wandering around looking at the street art and I ended up at the Clan Jetties.
The next day I visited Penang Hill with its Kek Lok Si Temple which, according to Wikipedia “…is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.” It is also home to a huge statue of the Goddess of Mercy.