Monday, October 6, 2008

1 day trip at Penang

Few months back, my aunt gave me a voucher for a Grand Deluxe room at Park Royal Penang, which she got it from a local radio station by winning some games but couldn't make it for the trip. I made the reservation for 4th Oct.

Started journey from KL at 5AM, it was a smooth drive on the Saturday morning, it took us 4 1/2 hour to reach Batu Feringgi. After checking in to the hotel, we started our first visiting at Kek Lok Si temple.

Why chinese temples always have statues of chinese zodiac?

Dog-body bench in the garden of the temple.

The temple is on a hill. At the bottom of the hill is a small town with shops/stalls selling souvenires, local delicacies and of course the famous Asam Laksa and fried kuey teow.

The cable-car to Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) is closed for maintenance, so couldn't go there.

Next we went to the Botanic garden.

Little Penang bridge.

It was a very hot day so we didn't spend too much time in the garden. It is a very big garden but wasn't so well-maintained.

After a long day, we went back to our hotel room.

Room with pool view.

At first wanted to rest in the room after a long day drive, but got attracted by the pool downstairs so decided to go for a dip in the water.

At night we went to the new Gurney Drive for dinner. It's very famous but it's just another food court to me, nothing special.

The next morning, woke up really early (earlier than normal working days), took a long and relaxing bath, then went down for the buffet breakfast.

The food was very nice and what surprised me was the variety of fruits. Not only the usual watermelon-papaya-pineapple-honeydew.

Pomelo, Jack-fruit (Nangka), Star fruit and oranges.

Went for a walk around the hotel after breakfast.

It was an enjoying trip, but the journey back was torturing, it was traffic jam and rain all the way, even in the petrol stations and rest areas along the highway! Shouldn't have picked this weekend for traveling.

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