10th July : Still here…

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The chat:

Having felt slightly guilty yesterday for spending most of our time in this amazing city either eating or drinking, we hired a motorbike and set off on a tour around the island’s best bits. After a quick hike in the city’s monkey infested botanical gardens, a climb up a huge hillside Chinese Buddhist temple complex and a spot of durian tasting (an unexplainedly popular fruit which tastes like sweaty feet to the uneducated palate – i.e. us – the Malays/Cambodians/Thais love it), we headed to a seaside village for a delicious bowl of their famous speciality fish laksa, a noodle dish in fish soup. The afternoon was spent in Penang’s beautiful national park walking through lush forested trails to a private white sanded beach, before a sunset swim and ride back to Little India for roti and biryani.

Durian festival – not for westerners.

Chinese people buy these ribbons enscribed with wishes for money/luck/health and attach them to this shrine.

This was the most popular one!

Monkey vs small child fight for small child’s ice cream. Monkey wins.

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2 Responses to 10th July : Still here…

  1. M & M says:

    Hi – Penang looks really fascinating. The street art is great. Not surprised you stayed a while. We’ll have to add it to our list of places (we hope!) to visit one day.

    Lots of love to you both

    M and D

    • tandemasia says:

      Penang is indeed great! Presently on Pulau Perinthian, and heading south down the east coast to Singapore from tomorrow. East coast is super Muslim – with elements of Sharia law, and it’s Ramadam too, so it could be very quiet at lunchtimes…x

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