My third visit to Penang included a trip across the bridge to Butterworth, the mainland part of Penang state. I had been invited to attend a wedding in George Town that weekend but the festivities began on Friday night at a nightclub in Butterworth. Clearly, this was going to be a rocking weekend!
The next day my friend Jen took me to some of her favourite places in George Town. Penang is considered by some to be the “Food Capital” of Malaysia.
I was able to visit the apartment of the groom’s parents in the residential area of Air Hitam, a part of Penang with a fascinating history. Please follow this link if you would like to learn more. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Itam
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.
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.