Penang – Part Four

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 – Part One

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.

Kek Lok Si

Not only was that trip my first to Penang but it was also my first time staying in a Tune Hotel.  I can recommend it for those whose budget falls between a hostel and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel.