Penang’s Old Town, Malaysia.

Penang has a good public bus networking system that covers all the popular spots a tourist may want to go, but I want to make a round the island trip.  Outside Red Inn on Love lane off Chullia Street, there will be a man who looks like and talks like aged  Jackie Chan suffering a hangover from too much drinking. He has got excellent arrays of motor bikes for rent. Cheapest one costs 27 Ringgits a day. The beauty of this shop is that there is no paper work involved. No passport holding, No receipt, No contact number and No license check. Just chuck 100 Ringgits and  a bike is yours, and he is going to return 73 Ringgits back when you bring the bike back. Very reliable vendor.

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Starting the trip with visiting a petrol station, fueling for 4 Ringgits and off it goes to Batu Ferringhi beach, Penang’s best beach the locals say. Yes Penang has some  beaches.

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Sands on the beach are not finer than those in Koh Samui or Tioman but it still packs enough beach feels for a family.

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A place called “Tropical Spice garden”, is just all about the common samples of spices and trees. Not much to get for the price.

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First fuel stop for the driver(or racer), Malaysian street carbo set, the Chendol.

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Penang has this hop-on, off sightseeing bus too but I rather go on a bike.

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Water supply dam for Penang

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Coming up a hill and turning into a durian plantation. The king of fruit tree is a handsome, tall tree that drops this human head sized spiky fruit to the ground. The netting is for safe landing of the valuable fruit, not for protecting a worker under a tree.

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18 Ringgits a Kg seems to be a good deal, making the second fueling for my body.

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Oh, this creamy, buttery, extremely sweet gift from heaven. Five pieces of this fruit melts away into my stomach in no time.

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A view from the “Tropical fruit garden”, another not worth a try.

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After riding a windy long up/down hill, I am pulling over at a beverage store near Kok-Lok-Si temple.

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Kek-Lok-Si temple, highly commercialized temple but still looks grand from the top. No admission fee.

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If you are going to visit just  one temple in Penang, try this.

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The Penang hill cable car. Malaysia has now adopted  a dual pricing system. It will be a bit of fun just riding on a cable car, but the view at the top of the hill would not reward you much for your buck spent for the cable car.

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Coming back to George town and Komtar tower far end.

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Penang is famous for its old heritage streets and buildings around George town. Best way of enjoying of those is walking.

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Penang’s whitewashed city hall.

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Colonial charm is the right word for this.

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This picture of these kids on a bike will be everywhere, on a T-shirt, Postcards and lots of souvenirs. A Penang’s icon.

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Samlors or Pedi-cabs are still abundant in Penang’s old town only used for navigating narrow alleys carrying tourists.

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A couple holding a big ice cream ball, not a real scene, appears on a printed canvas at a shop.

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If one picture has to  represent Penang, I would pick this one.

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A Tacky humour  still steers clear of the cars.

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Penang keeps its gate open for those who want to enter and experience, and a guide light will be on too. Just drop your guard and embrace this historical old charm.

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The name of this hostel sounds really similar to my family name, Siok? or Seok? .

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Even though Penang is a Malaysian territory following the Muslim’s code of conduct, the drinking culture is quite ripe with lots of bars and street pubs.

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Street food, Banana Roti and a Kwe-Teo-Goreng with a milk tea for 8 Ringgits.

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Seafood balls, pay as you pick.

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Most popular George town noodle, Wan-Tan-Mee. Be in a queue for a 10 mins to buy one.

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