Travel: Penang as a World Heritage Site

Hmm… I know I have been missing from blogging for quite some time. I have some issues need to deal with and office workloads are tremendous… Thanks for staying put with me.

During the Ramadan month, I had too much free time on my hand as there was a long holiday and all I did was cycle or to be a tourist in my own hometown. Georgetown, Penang has earned the World Heritage Site (UNESCO) back in July 7, 2008. So, we all decided to do what tourists do. Went to places that we never been before.

Best to travel around the town is by foot or rent a bicycle. There are many places you can rent a bike, tricycle or quad cycle like the one we rented here. It was pretty easy to get around the town with 2 wheels and you can go a bit more distance too.

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There are many things that attract people from around the world or locals to over here are the colonial buildings, food, the murals or street arts in Georgetown. Of course, not to forget the friendly Penangnites like us. 🙂

The UNESCO site covers the Northeastern side on Penang Island as shown in the map below. If you wanted to learn more about the UNESCO site, you can click to the link here http://www.visitpenang.gov.my/UnescoHeritageBrochure.pdf for more information.

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Also, you can read more about Penang from my previous post here:- Scenic Ride: Penang Heritage.

Colonial and Pre-War Buildings

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Floating houses

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Murals or Street Arts

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Trail: Butterworth to Pantai Murni Yan

Tired of riding in Penang Island? How about trying the mainland? I would say 20-30% of this trail was the same route as Gunung Jerai route that I took. Also, parts of these roads were used by Kedah Century ride. We started off from Penang Ferry Terminal – Pantai Merdeka– Sungai Petani – Merbok – Yan. On the way back, we cut short the journey by 21km, so we ended up at 148km only. We have more than 20 people that rode that morning, so it was quite a big and fun crowd.

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If you like flat and riding fast, then this is a place for you. It is pretty much flat all the way to Yan. Only at Yan, there are 3 small hills with about 30-40m climb. Only the last climb is a bit tougher with about 4-5 degree gradient climb. But, if you let the bike momentum picks up the speed from the previous hill, it will get you up easily on this one.

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A long the way, there were trees covering us and fortunately the weather was on our side too. We all pedaled past noon time and it still wasn’t hot. I would rank this place as one of my favorite routes as the roads were nicely paved and they have dedicated motorbike or cyclist lane once we crossed the Kedah state. Moreover there weren’t many trucks that frequent this route which was unlike Dragonback. I am not sure if it was due to a major holiday (Hari Raya) or that was like the normal traffic there. But, I doubt it was holiday as the road weren’t heavily damaged.

It was a nice route, see for yourself.

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Merbok Town

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After the Merbok town, the next town is Yan and when you see the sign below, turn left to Pantai Murni.

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Along the way, there are many petrol kiosk you can stop to refuel your engine. 🙂

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Travel: Food in Penang

Penang is one of the smallest state in Malaysia but rich in food culture. There are so many good foods surrounding us and most of the local or foreign tourists come here for 2 things – the World Heritage site and good food.

Well, this Sunday we are going to have a very big event in Penang which is CFAL (Campaign for A Lane). So, there will be tourist flock into the Island and come let’s feast before ride.

Cendul

The Penang Road Cendul is one the famous here. There are 2 stores next to each other and I don’t find them any different. Just that one is more famous than the other. You will know which is the famous when you get there. But, I still think the one in Malacca is better.

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Wan Tan Mee

In Penang, you can’t go wrong with any Wan Tan Mee store that you visited. It is pretty much standard except for a few. This particular store in Pulau Tikus I like it the most as the wan tan is full of flavor and the source is different from others. The opening hours are from morning to about 2pm but do go early if you want the fried wan tan which is famous for. It is closed on Thursday and it is right opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station.

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Tong Sui (Chinese Dessert)

Literally translation of Tong Sui means “sweeten soup dessert”. This is more towards Cantonese food than Hokkien, so there aren’t many places sell this. The one I like is at Mount Erskine hawker center by the road side of Mount Erskine Road.

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Black glutenous rice with coconut milk

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Malay Food

Nasi 7 Benua is an in thing in Penang now. Mainly it is because of its uniqueness of how they serve the rice. I would say the fragrance of the rice is nice and I also do believe they cooked the rice with some butter or margarine. The side dishes are just so-so. Add: Lintang Bayan 12, Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang Phone: 0174397617.

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Western Food

Want to take your love ones for relaxing and romantic dinner in Penang? Or may be business meeting? Try Ferringhi Garden at Batu Ferringhi Beach (100m from Parkroyal Hotel). This place serves good food, relaxing music, good selection of wines and doesn’t put a hole in your pocket.

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Indonesian

If you are missing your home cook food after leaving your country for longtime, here is another place you can dine Balinese food. Nona Bali food is alright but just a bit pricy. Address and contacts are in the below pic.

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I am not much of a food blogger but I just love to eat especially after a hard day of riding. You can Google a bit for the detail write up. Stay tune for more posting as there are still so many stores and foods to introduce.