Malaysia – Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu to Pokhara

Kuala Lumpur, June 2018: Time to say good bye to Johor Bahru and head over to Senai Airport for the late afternoon flight to Kuala Lumpur. A night stop there before a flight to Kathmandu and hopefully a flight to Pokhara but with just 35 minutes from landing, applying for the visa then queuing for the passport stamp, making that Pokhara connection will be pretty tight to say the least – if luck is on my side, the Kathmandu flight will arrive early and the Pokhara flight will depart late!

Here’s a few snaps from the airport bus as it travels the motorways north to Senai. A very rustic scene harking back to old Malaysia where dwellings consisted of wood and tin surrounded by jungles…

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This is as close as one gets to the Sultans Palace

Senai Airport is a local regional airport with most flights being on domestic routes. A small terminal with about a dozen departure gates, so the usual advice of turn up 3 hours before departure isn’t really necessary here – I’d say an hour and 10 minutes would suffice. Just a word of warning about the coffee in the departure lounge here – there’s just one place to get it and it tastes damn awful! Bad coffee aside, the place is bright and modern with nice big windows, good enough for a bit of plane spotting before boarding that Air Asia to Kuala Lumpur.

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Approaching the Airport

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Lets fly to Kuala Lumpur

A very quick 35 minutes to Kuala Lumpur with some pretty nice views of rural Malaysia along the way as the aircraft heads towards Melaka, Port Dickson and the final approach to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Over recent decades, Malaysia has bulldozed its natural jungles to create giant ‘Palm Oil’ plantations. Vast swathes of these palms stretch pretty much across the whole country and is seen as an important commodity, especially in food production. More about palm oil here…

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Palm Oil plantations

Another transit stop in Kuala Lumpur. The Skybus to Brickfields – eat – sleep – Skybus back to the airport for a late morning Air Asia departure to Kathmandu. I’ve written plenty about the Brickfields stopover – here’s a link to those past posts.

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Welcome to Malaysia

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Selamat Datang Brickfields

Today’s trip to Kathmandu is a 4 1/4 hour flight on an Air Asia A330 Airbus. There isn’t a great deal to see as the aircraft routes across Thailand, India and into Nepal airspace. Haze and clouds over terrain then nothing but sea until the baron wastelands of India. The best part of the flight comes right at the end as the plane descends into Kathmandu – the scenery is pretty awesome!

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Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu

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Over Thailand

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Nepal

And as luck would have it, were about 15 minutes early and if the folks over at Yeti Airlines in the domestic terminal have a little sympathy, I should be on that last flight to Pokhara! My ticket is actually booked for a flight tomorrow since the connection time for the last flight of the day was pretty tight. Kudos to the Yeti staff for getting me on that flight, the last seat, on the last flight with just minutes to spare! I really didn’t relish spending a night in Kathmandu. 25 minutes to Pokhara on a British built BAE41, just enough time for the hostess to serve a drink and some nuts.

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Lets fly to Pokhara

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Turning over the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway

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Welcome to Pokhara!

 

 

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Malaysia – The Modern face of Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, May 2018: A city that in part owes its success due to its proximity to Singapore. At weekends Singaporeans make a beeline for Johor’s shopping malls to take advantage of cheaper goods. They queue at fuel stations for cheaper fuel and are encouraged to purchase property, indications perhaps that Singapore’s inflated economy is becoming a little too much to bare for ordinary citizens. With Land reclamation over recent years and the rise in condominium constructions all the indications are that Johor will develop into a mini version of Singapore with the focus being on waterfront living.

Having spent the 4 weeks here one can say that despite its gleaming new developments the place is still a little shabby around the edges, a hangover from 1970’s and 80’s developments. An abandoned mall along the waterfront and older malls with empty units around the place are indications that perhaps JB was developing ahead of its time during the 1980’s, attempting to capitalise on the rise of Singapore’s new found social and economic landscape. One can’t help but feel Johor is in a mode of catch-up with its neighbour across the causeway.

Here’s a look at the modern face of Johor Bahru…

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View of Johor Bahru from the Causeway

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Modern Living just a stones throw from the Johor-Singapore Causeway

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Saturday afternoon traffic near the Johor CIQ Checkpoint

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Komtar Mall, Johor Bahru

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Shoppers queuing for the Johor-Singapore shuttle train

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The rise of modern living

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Sentral and the CIQ Checkpoint building on the left

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Chaos at the city’s small bus terminal

Johor Bahru in a nutshell…

Plenty of hotels in downtown although somewhat pricey for average budget traveler. Thanks to Air BnB, there are several options to stay in neighbourhoods just outside the city centre, and well connected by bus routes, a lot cheaper than the hotels. JB is more of a domestic tourists destination – in the few weeks I spent here I probably counted about 12 white tourists. In short, there isn’t a great deal to attract western tourists to JB as a destination thus making the place a good base for digital nomads – little to distract! Most heading to this part of the world are passing through, traversing between Bangkok and Singapore or heading to the township of Danga Bay where there are some Disney style theme parks. Personally, Johor Bahru has a distinctively different character to Singapore, not quite as clean cut, a little rough around the edges but worth exploring for a few days. Google Maps is a good resource for picking out sights to see in and around Johor Bahru!

Arrivals by Air into Senai Airport can get a bus to Downtown for 12 MYR. 1 departure an hour and takes 35 minutes. Arrivals by long distance bus will disembark at the Larkin Bus Terminal some distance north of the city centre. From Larkin there are plenty of local bus routes to Johor Bahru Sentral for the city and the CIQ Checkpoint for onward to Singapore. Bus fares typically 1.50 to 2 MYR, no change given!

NEXT, on the move to Nepal with a transit stop in Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia – The Old Downtown, Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, Malaysia May 2018: When ever I need a cheap place to hangout for a while, a place to recoup from travelers burnout (Read about travel burnout here) and a place to gather ones thoughts, I’ve always ended up here in Johor Bahru. This is my 4th visit to the city since 2011 and each time the city grows on me. Why? because its a city with an interesting mix of modern and historical character, a city that’s easy going and a city that sits right next door to Singapore. Just like anywhere else, Johor has its fair share of shopping malls, but the place has also retained plenty of its shophouses too harking back to the days before malls were even invented. Add to the fact that one can skip across the causeway into Singapore on a whim, then Johor Bahru is a pretty neat place to bunk down for a few weeks.

Johor Bahru, a small city centre with pretty much everything it has to offer within walking distance of the Sentral Bus Station that’s conveniently situated next to the CIQ Checkpoint complex. Before reaching the old original city, one has to navigate through a plethora of malls and for first timers this can be quite frustrating due to the lack of exit signs! Success at beating the system of potential shopping mall entrapment has its rewards though as one arrives at the Johor Bahru city. So, with Starbucks, MacDonald’s and the swanky boutiques left firmly behind, its time to enjoy the character of old Johor Bahru, a character that encompasses all of the ethnicity that is Malaysia.

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Quite a relaxed vibe here as locals enjoy their afternoon tea and toasted coconut jam sandwich. Surprisingly the place isn’t the touristy scene one might expect to find here in the old downtown quarter. Mostly natives, perhaps a few Singaporeans, but definitely not the international tourist hotspot one might have expected given the places proximity to Singapore.

While stomping between the malls and old downtown one comes across a Chinese Temple, in the shadows of a giant office block. A temple with all the usual decorations but here the walls are adorned with some pretty nice artwork. Some good sketching’s to be seen. Although I’m no expert I’d say probably worth some money on a good day at auction! On Google maps as ‘The Old Temple of Johor Bahru’.

The Galleria mall, located right next to the old downtown heritage quarter is a useful spot for getting some panoramic  photos of Johor city. The 6th floor of the car park is free of security guards and one is able to freely wander around at will, with something to be seen in every corner.

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Here’s a few snaps of Johor Bahru taken from the Galleria Mall car park…

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A glimpse across the Johor Straits into Singapore – Marsiling flats and Woodlands Checkpoint

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Representing the City’s diverse ethnicity, this Hindu temple features prominently.

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The administration area and  Johor’s version of a City Hall, the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim building

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Colonial Bungalow

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Malay Villa

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City Mosque

Next, The new downtown, Johor Bahru…

 

 

 

 

Malaysia – Market Night in Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, may 2018:  Mondays is market day, or rather night, here in Taman Melodies . From 4 PM stallholders begin gathering along the Jalan Seladang beginning outside the KSL entrance and extending for about 1/2 a mile south. Having the market at night makes a lot of sense – 33 c heat and crowds wouldn’t be a great mix during the day but with the night temperature of just 28 c then i can tell you it’ll be much more comfortable! I’m not a big fan of these markets generally since they can be somewhat repetitive after the first few vendors, but since this one is just a cross the road from base, a visit to stretch ones legs wouldn’t hurt to much. Who knows, I might even buy something!

Traffic chaos, gridlock outside the KSL Mall all down to a single road closure – reminds me of England and how a road closure there causes chaos! Best to navigate through the mall and out the other end, safer that way since the only thing to run one over is likely to be grandma with a Tesco trolley. Nothing like a good old market to bring folk out onto the streets. Maybe its the food aromas wafting around in the still air or the thought of bagging a bargain bunch of mango’s. Whatever the reason, this market is positively bustling.

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Locals at the market

A vibrant, colourful and busy market bringing together locals and traders with a pretty good humoured vibe about the place. Its not the amazing tourist night market I often read about in blogs, no this is simply a local affair for local people and they’r cramming in here like I’ve not seen in an Asian market before.

Food and produce feature heavily, although girls looking for a new pair of nickers won’t be disappointed with the range on offer here. The range of goods is actually quite astounding, yes this market is turning out to be anything but boring! Fruits a plenty, loads of mango’s and a few strange looking items – one being best described as a giant prickly pair.

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A giant prickly pair perhaps? (rhetorical question)

The range of cooked food here is pretty vast. From shrimp fritters to steamed tofu to spicy soup cauldrons, and a whole lot more – something to satisfy all the sweet and savory taste buds known to mankind. Sadly, I’ve already eaten so the sampling will have to wait until next week – oh what a good reason to return! (Google Map)

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Get your Durian here!

Singapore – Beach, Jungle and Exotic Wild Birds, Pasir Ris Town Part 1

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, May 2018: Pasir Ris on Singapore’s northeast coast is today’s destination. I’m visiting there because I read that one can find snakes, lizards and a few exotic birds and since I like to include a little nature spotting on my travels, Pasir Ris sounds like a pretty good place to go. According to Wikipedia, the place as it is today began life in 1983 from whats was originally an area of undeveloped rural lowlands dotted with Chinese Kampong villages here and there, including Kampong Pasir Ris. Given that Singapore is famous for bulldozing its past, the planners in this case decided to leave some Jungle and created a nature park with a beach. Since the place is connected to the MRT system (Google Map), it should be a pretty straight forward trip, in theory. So, lets go and check it out!

A routine border run between Johor CIQ and the Woodlands Checkpoint. I have an immigration card already prepared having filled in the requited details over breakfast. Yes, I had the brainwave of grabbing a bunch of these cards on the first border run a few days ago. From Woodlands then, its going to be about an hour and 17 minutes on the MTR with a change of line in downtown, according to Google. Also according to Google there is a bus route, more direct but only 5 minutes quicker.

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Pasir Ris Central is where the MTR line ends, buses congregate and shoppers shop. Yes, its the hub of the town which spreads far and wide in all direction except North, for that’s where one will find the Jungle with its beach. before that though, time for some lunch and since the Pasir Ris hawker centre is a prominent feature just across the road, well, lets just go and eat! Hawker centres, also known as food courts are a social fixture in Malay and Singaporean society featuring, in my opinion, some of the worlds best cuisine at the cheapest prices. Right now I’m going to down a wanton and noodle soup topped with fresh raw garlic!

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For good cheap food

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Mouthwatering selection

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Wanton Noodle Soup S$3, about £1.50

Directly opposite the towns central hub lays the Jungle or more precisely ‘Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Boardwalk’. Running next to Tampines (Tam pin ez) River this will be my best chance of spotting a snake, a few lizards will do if not a snake. So, just a short hike across the main road and one finds the entrance, a few warning signs about garbage plus bathroom amenities! Its a real jungle alright – since its Singapore one might be forgiven for assuming the place might have been artificially manufactured such as the recent gardens in downtown bay. So, here we are treading the boardwalk in a cool mangrove, but no sign of a snake yet. Oh, look, Toucan Joe flying around! Oh, on closer look its a Hornbill, but still its nice to see exotic birds naturally, including a flock of parakeets.

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Fire Ant

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Skipper

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Jungle Nuts

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Peter and Paul Parakeets

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Hornbill

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Lovely cool shade from the watch tower

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Asian Koel

A wonderful 45 minutes in the mangroves and jungle spotting all sorts of nature – no snakes, no monkeys but plenty of interesting birds and plants if that’s ones area of interest. As the jungle opens into a well manicured park with the sea on its northern edge, that can only mean one thing – yes indeed, the beach!

See you in part 2.

Malaysia – Johor Bahru for £12 per day

Johor Bahru, Malaysia May 2018:  After landing at Senai Airport (Google Map) I’ve ended up here in the Taman Melodies Township (Google map) just north of Johor City. I’m here because it was the best single room deal I could come up with on Air BnB for a 4 week stay that wasn’t too far from JB Sentral and the CIQ Checkpoint.

So how far does the travel £ stretch in Johor Bahru? Well, having spent a few days here now, the travel expense account is shaping up to be pretty good value. Using the current exchange rate of 5.4 MYR to the British Pound, I’m paying £7.80 per night for a small but adequate room, comes with a fully fitted bathroom and decent air-conditioning. Wifi isn’t super fast but adequate for editing emails and uploading blog pages. Food is running at around £3 per day with groceries adding a further £1 per day, thanks to the nearby Tesco supermarket! Excluded from the account, booze, cigs, drugs because I don’t need any of it. I will admit to drinking more coffee than is probably good for me though, thanks to Starbucks across the road. Transport to JB Sentral hub from here is just 28p a ride. So as one can see, I should be able to survive the month spending less than £380 (estimated) when accounting for transport into Singapore.

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£7.80 per night for a room in this bungalow, Taman Melodies, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The neighbourhoods around here really amalgamate into one vast estate of bungalows, villas and townhouses. In the centre of it all is the KSL city Mall, a resort hotel and shopping centre combined, looks pretty new, quite smart really. Normally I wouldn’t bother with malls but this one has a pretty useful supermarket within – the well know tried and tested Tesco!  Its a good place to grab some cereal and milk for breakfast, tea and coffee for drinks plus a few outdated bargains along the way. “Every little helps” as the saying go’s. Around the edges of the building one finds a plethora of cafes with a variety of food from right across the Malaysian gastronomic spectrum. Its all too much, sensory overload one could say, so for now lets just look around the neighbourhood.

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Contains all our favourite American chain stores and 1 British!

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Overview from the KSL City Mall car park.

Next… A forray into Singapore, the Woodlands border run!

 

Malaysia – Flying South, Good bye Penang

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, May 2018: In a few hours I’m flying south to the city of Johor Bahru. Its as far south as one can go in Malaysia before having to turn around and head back north, if one is without a passport. Johor will be my base for the next 4 weeks as I turn myself into a digital nomad. Why Johor? well, firstly its a good place to find cheap lodgings, secondly its proximity to Singapore is quite attractive and thirdly Johor is a city that boasts charm and character as we shall discover over the coming days. I’ve been here several times in the past and its fair to say I have a soft spot for the place.

Domestic flights are great in Malaysia. Easy automated check-ins without crowds, security checks not quite so strict and of course no immigration to worry about. Here at Penang airport its pretty quiet at 5.54 AM with a handful of passengers for the first flights of the day. Its a 50 minute ride down to Johor leaving at 7 AM on an Air Asia flight that was cheaper than taking a bus!

Watching the sunrise from a moving plane while on the ground is something I haven’t done in a while. Right now the sun is just making an appearance above the wing and what a spectacular view as the aircraft taxi’s to the runway for departure. As it climes away from Penang Island the perspective changes to a different scene with the shadows of the central highlands giving a mystical feel.

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Sunrise, Penang Island

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Penang’s Townships

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Georgetown at dawn

In about 50 minutes then I shall be in Johor Bahru once again and that’s something to get excited about if one is a foodie!

Malaysia – Living with Locals, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Penang, Malaysia, May 2018: Its my final full day here on Penang Island. Staying in Bayan Lepas, well away from any tourist districts, has been an interesting experience. Having to interact with locals and catching public transport to anywhere has made this trip quite a fulfilling experience even though I’ve been to Penang many times over the years. At first one has to adjust to a few little annoyances having arrived from a hectic Kuala Lumpur. Nowhere’s open for breakfast, food courts are mostly closed and when they do eventually open produce only a limited menu. One also has to get used to the frequent  Islamic chanting over loud speakers. This can start as early as 5.30 AM and occurs about every 2-3 hours throughout the day ending around 10.30 PM. Wouldn’t be so bad if they could sing in tune and to something I could recognise! So, for breakfast one has to buy a bag of rice and a carton of milk from the little convenience store under the block, then a bag of fruit (mango or papaya) from the seller next door and hey presto, all the ingredients for a tasty morning meal. Thankfully, the food court in a block down the road a few metres has a better selection. After 11 AM its nasi goreng or chicken rice, maybe noodle soup for fried noodles, but one things certain, I ain’t going to starve!

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self made papaya and mango breakfast

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Catching lizards

Coffee sipping, beer guzzling, shops and malls are about 15-20 minutes on the bus, any bus will infact head towards a mall where from within one can enjoy the American fast food and coffee chains now ingrained into Asian culture. Personally, I can skip all of that and make do with whats available at the little local store underneath the block.

So, for the last time lets take in those views from the 26th floor…  

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Mass public and private housing townships

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Nice view of the airport from the 26th floor

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Al Hidayah Mosque, Bayan Lepas

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Bayan Lepas, right opposite the airport

As its the last day, I’m going to wander down to the creek near to the Sungai Bayan Lepas (river) and attempt a little nature spotting, oh and a few planes too. As one crosses the river, for a moment there’s a sense of being transported back in time to when life was centred in villages (Kampungs) along rivers and around coastlines. Back along the creek that I visited a few days ago and here there’s an array of nature to be seen.

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Back to the traditional kampung days, life beside the river.

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Wallowing in mud, these are Monitor Lizards, they creep around and they can bite!

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Bird on a wire, this is a Bee Eater bird found next to the creek

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This Singapore based aircraft scoots across the creek

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Brahminy Kite or Red Backed Sea Eagle at the mouth of the creek

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OK, one more plane! Cargo Jumbo Jet from Taiwan

So, that was a few days in Bayan Lepas on Penang Island. Good for relaxing, walking in quiet surroundings and good for some sea air with afternoon breezes. A world away from the hot and busy tourist hub of Georgetown and beyond. Tomorrow I’m jetting down to Johor Bahru for a month and hopefully a few visits into Singapore. Its an early flight so I’d better say goodnight, sleep tight and thanks for reading my ramblings.

Malaysia – On the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Penang Island, Malaysia, May 2018: Yesterday was a reminder that southeast Asia is approaching its rainy season since the whole day was pretty wet. Thunder in the morning, drizzle in the afternoon, but on the plus side its a welcome break from the heat and humidity. Today however, the sun is shining brightly while the humidity is still tempered, so its good day for an excursion into Georgetown, the capital and principle town of Penang state. According to the Google Maps transport selection, bus 302 should be outside in about 10 minutes – possible if I can get the lift at first call!

The Rapid Penang bus rolls up pretty much on queue, but I really wouldn’t describe the journey as ‘rapid’. About 1 1/2 hours via just about every housing estate on the Island it seems, but since I’m in no hurry its a chance to relax under the refreshing air-conditioning, and since the ride only costs 40p, well, who can complain at that!

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There go’s the bus!

Georgetown’s town centre has been spared the wrath of development sweeping across Malaysia and indeed across most of southeast Asia over recent years, and as such presents itself as a place of great historical interest. That’s true enough, so much so that the United Nations have Georgetown on their list of interesting places to visit. I’ve been here several times already over the years, but its always good to return to Georgetown and wander its colourful and historical streets. Today I won’t be stomping around the whole place again, but just a few of the streets from Komtar (Google Maps) to the Jetty Bus station at Weld Quay (Google Maps).

Wandering around the streets one can see that Georgetown’s history is very much reflected within its architecture, much of it dating from before World War 2. Streets with Chinese shop houses, streets with Malay shop houses and then the streets with an colourful eclectic architectural mix reflecting a degree of European influence.

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A Terrace of Chinese Shop houses

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Chinese-Malay Shop Houses

Sadly, since my last visit here some 4 years ago decay is creeping up to the fringes of Georgetown. Shop house rows are being left uncared for while some have fallen into complete ruin. One suspects the price of development is to blame as pressures on space and modernisation bow to the highest bidders. There is however still plenty to see as one ventures towards the more vibrant town centre.

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Renovation or Shopping Mall?

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Georgetown’s crumbling walls

Street art is a relatively recent addition to the towns heritage quarter giving visitors something to take their minds off the crumbling walls and decay around the edges. these are dotted all over the place and some are pretty good actually, especially those depicting peoples expressions. Here’s a few that I spotted between the Komtar and Beach Street (Google Maps). There’s a few rather fine temples too as one negotiates the small little streets. Full Chinese myths one assumes from all the fierce rooftop dragons and other mythical creatures on display. I must have stumbled upon at least 3 in just an hour!

Here’s a pictorial rundown of Georgetown…

In Summary…

There’s a whole lot more to Georgetown than has been covered here. Colonial mansions, food, quirky coffee shops and a host of museums will keep visitors busy all day long. What’s more, there,s a free hop on hop off bus to make sightseeing around the town as effortless as possible! I’d recommend clicking over to Eli’s Guide to Penang for a more comprehensive lowdown in conjunction with a look at Google maps which has a wealth of additional information.

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Malaysia – Food and the Clan Jetties of Georgetown, Penang

Penang, Malaysia, May  2018: The Clan Jetties of Georgetown – built late 1800’s to house Chinese dock workers as the port of Penang expanded under British rule. Today, the Chinese clan families are still there and the site is now a popular spot for tourist sightseeing as part of the Georgetown heritage trail. A village of wood and tin structures built out into the Penang Straights giving visitors a unique insight into a community living over water. Today’s outing is primarily a forage for food, but since my favourite food foraging sight happens to be opposite the Clan Jetties, I’m paying them a visit too.

Bus 302 connects Bayan Lepas town with the Georgetown Quayside. From there its just a short walk south towards the jetties. But first, food! Right opposite is my all time favourite food court. Usually they come and go from ones memory because for most these places represent a way of life. For me though, since my first visit a few years ago, the place has remained stuck in the deepest recesses of ones mind ever since. Memorable because never before had I seen such a variety of food on offer at such cheap prices and right in the middle of a tourist district! While most visitors rave about the Penang street food, I’ll instead rave about the food courts. In the main, I’ve found that street foods tend to be defrosted processed items that are then deep fried for boiled. I’d happily swap that for the freshness and variety of a food court, or hawker centre as they are often referred to.

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The name is a mouthful, but its my favourite food joint in Penang

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Glorious food!

Today, well, I didn’t even get past the first counter. 30 plus tins of food to choose from and after a good 10 minute deliberation, I’ve ended up with my favourite sweet and salty chicken on a plentiful bed of rice topped with a creamy scrambled egg and tomato mix – delicious! The best thing about these is its a help yourself routine. Yes, pick and choose at ones leisure and eat as much as one can manage, marvellous value for money at £1.50!

The Clan Jetties next as one precariously tries to cross the busy main road. It quite a unique sight to see and tourists are free to wander around here. The first clump of dwellings are somewhat ramshackle with rusting corrugated iron roofs and broken railings. The next set of houses are considerably better kept. Known as Chew jetty, here one will see a well organised community with a shop or 2 selling delicious homemade tropical fruit ice lollies – hits just the right spot after lunch on a hot afternoon, especially since they only cost 20p each! So, lets take a stroll along the Clan Jetties of Georgetown.

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Lim Jetty

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Not for the nervous or inebriated! Access to the village hall.

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Penang to Butterworth Ferry sails quietly past

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Chew Jetty

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Well maintained Chew Jetty

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Little Shop on Chew Jetty

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Egg shells on Chew Jetty

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Live here if your surname is Chew!

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Hean Boo Thean, Temple over water

at its southern edge the village spills onto dry land. With small passageways and narrow lanes its not easy to navigate the place, especially since its where the entrance to that rather fine looking temple structure happens to be. Yeoh Jetty, the last of the clan jetties then and eventually, thanks to a local, one finds a way to the Hean Boo Temple, my first visit to a temple over water.

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Fierce Dragon, Hean Boo Temple

A fine, if small temple complex although today they are having some kind of a maintenance program going on – one wonders if I should be there at all. No, worries though as the staff smile and beckon me on. Assuming then I have free reign to wander around the place , here’s a few snaps of the views before I head back up to the Quayside bus station and the 302 back to base at Bayan Lepas.