Went for a family holiday over the weekend to Penang … came back without any tau sah piah or Penang white coffee (think we were one of the rare people on board the flight back without, haha), but gained extra 3kg weight!!
Well, the thing is, we would all have gained even more weight had we not done all these “workouts” during the trip:
walk around Botanic Gardens after lunch at Straits Quay, before climbing Penang Hill (start is near to botanic gardens)
3 hour walk up Penang hill on Day 1 (start at Moongate at 430, reach the top at 730 pm)
caught the funicular (like cable car, except goes along the slope of the hill) down, after enjoying the night scenery from Penang Hill top
Next morning (day 2), we went on guided cycling trip around Georgetown (includes local very yummy breakfast of prata, and lunch (char kway teow etc), both quite substantial!!)
everyone takes a photo of this famous scene!!
After a rest back at the hotel, we went to Batu Ferringhi Beach for parasailing! (well, both girls did it, while me and wife were the cameramen)
Morning of Day 3, a swim before breakfast …
“shopping” at Komtar, and
JumpStreet, largest trampoline park in Asia! (it is fairly near to airport; we brought all our luggage along once we checked out, as hotel was in north and did not make sense to double back) (take more flyers from airport to get 2for1 price, as each flyer can be used only for 2 people!!)
And some other highlights of the trip (food!! included below) –
first night seafood dinner (to reward ourselves for the climb up Penang Hill
second round of Indian breakfast while on cycling tour (first round at hotel!) lunch at coffee shop famous for its charcoal fried char kway teow)
Gurney Drive for dinner on second night (char kway teow, Penang laksa, chee cheong fun, etc etc)
dim sum lunch at Komtar on day 3
Japanese dinner after trampoline park, at Queensbay Mall, after trampolining!!
big centipede on hiking trail
the slope after we headed out of the jungle trails (decided to take the last 2.5 km walk up along steep road, as it was getting late)
quite safe to ride as not that many vehicles on Sunday … also, the locals know how to behave towards bicycle riders 🙂
interesting street scenes besides those wall murals, including the beheaded chap, don’t play play!!
sunset at Batu Ferringhi Beach (day 2)
Sunrise from our sea view hotel (this is taken before breakfast)
Very active holiday, “as usual” for us and very poor shoppers (“as usual”, haha .. just bought some stationery from Popular, socks, SY got a “branded bag”, wife got a “hiking type waist pouch”, also a bag 🙂 )
(some travel pointers:
1) taxis are easiest way to travel, but not that cheap!! (especially relative to what we were used to in terms of comparing food prices with what we get in Singapore e.g. Singapore $100 Jap restaurant, Penang $100 ringit)
2) buses are cheap; ask driver for fare, but need to have exact change. Almost all buses can be taken from Komtar or Weld Quay bus station to go to anywhere of tourist interest, but need to give more time)(also may be infrequent)
3) cycling tour is good!! needs someone to explain to appreciate Georgetown better, and to introduce the different community areas i.e. Malay, Chinese and Indian)
4) Penang hill is a relatively challenging climb (i.e. quite steep at parts, and slippery if raining, so must be mentally prepared))
5) Batu Ferringhi Beach – just take Rapidbus 101 or 102, costs very much less than a taxi and almost as fast)