Malaysia - Penang Island

We got a direct bus to Penang / Georgetown and arrived at about 3pm. We found a reasonable hotel on Lebuh Chulia called the Sky Hotel. We ate, then climbed Penang Hill for a good view of dusk over the city. There was a great cooling breeze at the top. The next day, we say Mosques, Temples and Churches from about every denomination in Malaysia. We wondered into Little India for lunch, Briani or something for 3 RM - rice, meat and veg all eaten off a leaf with the fingers. Great. We wondered around town some more - Georgetown really is a great place to get lost in, had dinner on the Esplanade, then Owen and Nicola caught a bus to KL

My plan for the next few days was to visit the Perhentian Islands. I tried to book a bus ticket, but due to the school or university holidays, everything was booked up for about 3 days. Eventually I tried Malaysian Airlines, and they suggested flying, but all the flights were booked up. Eventually, after much scouring of the Lonely Planet, I decided to fly to Tioman island the next morning. It cost me 250 RM, but I thought - what the heck. You'd pay that for a train ticket back home, and I've only got a few days left. I got up the next morning at 4am for the flight to KL. There was almost no-one in the streets, just a few old men sleeping in trishaws, and the rats scurrying across the road. Occasionally a motorbike passed at a distance, and finally I managed to find a taxi, just as it started raining.