Let's Talk Penang
I was having second thoughts of visiting Penang, since as I was told and have read that it's a little busy compared to the previous places I have been to.
Though I planned to go straight to Cameron Highlands, since it was mid way though, i said I might as well check it out;
In case I don't like it, I can just move the day after rightaway to Cameron.
Then again, as I walk from the Pier in Penang towards Jalan Muntri (where my researched accomodation is), I kind of liked the vintage setup of the town.
Then, I got into my accomodation, and liked my bed and the showers too, so.. that would have been enough reason to stay for 2 nights as intended.
At night, we went to see some ladyboy shows in foodcourt somewhere. I think this is called Red Penang Foodcourt. Only thing is that we waited hours til the ladyboy came out for his 20-30 minute performance. We waited again after, thinking that he'll have second set, but never showed up again.
The following day, I went for a round of Georgetown. I saw a botanical garden, and some landmark buildings, temples, etc in the spots to see, but was just interested and feeling complete so long as i see the murals.
As I chase the trails of the murals from the map that I was given, On the walls, windows, etc of the buildings, you'd see some handicrafts, etc. Art is just so alive in this town.
Food is said to be another reason to visit Penang; And I was assuming it is because of the huge population of Chinese, and the interlace with the cooking style from other cultures that have settled in town. There were a lot of corners where you'd get local food, though, I'm not much of a pro when it comes to naming the recipe. I just select from pictures, or perhaps look around tables, and ask for whichever my eyes thinks looks great :-). Nevertheless, being a fan of chinese cooking, there's never anything I've ordered that I did not like. Or perhaps, I was just not too experimenting when it comes to food.
Inasmuch as I'd like to stay a couple more nights in Penang, unfortunately, I have an upcoming trip to Indonesia, and I was really wanting to see Cameron Highlands. I had to leave on my third way thru a bus to these mountains of Pahang.
From Penang, you can get a bus to Cameron Highlands for 38-40RM. Travel time is about 5-6hours. I took the Unititi Bus (and around 1 hour of that was wasted in going around town and to Penang Sentral to pickup passengers). In between, there's a 15-20 minute stop in Ipoh, though there's really not much stores to get food or something, except for one indian restaurant in the terminal.
For those with motion sickness, while some buses would normally have plastic bags ready for those who'd puke, you might want to assure yourself by carrying one free plastic bag, and/or some tablets in case you get sick of zigzag roads.