Best way to cross over to George Town

If you had read my previous post (if you haven’t, here it is: Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – From the Windowseat) then you already know that we had ditched the option of taking the Penang Bridge and had decided to take the more interesting option, the Penang Ferry to cross over to the Penang Island from Butterworth. We don’t get to take a ferry every day like we take buses or cabs so naturally, this sounded more interesting and hence the decision. A five-minute walk from the Butterworth railway station took us to the jetty which is well-connected to the station. No crossing the road business! And oh yes, it’s the cheapest way to reach George Town from Penang as well.

George Town as seen from the ferry - Penang, Malaysia

George Town as seen from the ferry – Penang, Malaysia

The approaches to the ferry from the station and outside, Butterworth - Penang

The approaches to the jetty from the station and outside, Butterworth – Penang

Both vehicles and people use the ferries to quickly cross-over so they were quite big in size.… continue reading

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – From the Windowseat

We had reached the KL Sentral station a little too early to catch the Komuter from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth which was at 7.50 AM. We had more than half an hour to ourselves before we boarded our train so we decided to walk around. But before that, we had to find our boarding point. Just the previous evening on our way back from Batu Caves to Kuala Lumpur, we had ended our journey at this station and yet, today we were trying to find it. I know it’s embarrassing but I have an excuse! The KL Sentral complex, which houses so many everything from offices, to malls to apartments to Malaysia’s largest railway station was too big and too organized for a rail-head.

The clouds and the Greenery, KL-Butterworth Komuter

The clouds and the Greenery, KL-Butterworth Komuter

Before we could notice the changes in the terrain outside, the Komuter had already left behind the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and was entering the beautiful Malaysian countryside.… continue reading

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

‘It is huge’, was the first thought that came to my mind as soon as the enormity of the main cave came into full view. I had been to other lime-stone caves in the past, like the Mawsmai Caves in Cherrapunjee and to be honest, I had expected something similar here as well. But to my surprise, these caves were so huge that it actually took us 272 steep steps, which is around half-an-hour’s climb including a handful of stops, to make it to the top, from where the actual cave can be accessed. Which involves again going down on the inside of the cave after you are at the top.

batu caves steps photo

The steps you need to take to come inside the cave

Before we started walking down inside the cave we decided to sit down for some time to relax and take-in the view, if only the crazy monkeys let us do that, that is.… continue reading

Merdeka Square – The Square of Independence

Merdeka square was the first place we decided to visit on our first-day in Kuala Lumpur. I mean, we did arrive in Kulala Lumpur the day before and spent some quality time at Bukit Bintang, the most happening place in Kuala Lumpur, but Merdeka square was where we actually started our sight-seeing in Kuala Lumpur. As we walked towards the square, the first thing that caught my attention was that how wonderfully the old and the new complemented each other, standing not far from one another. The more than a century old Sultan Abdul Samad Building that housed various government offices during the British-era now stands perfectly in sync with the modern-day sky-scrapers which stand not far from the historic building.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square - Kuala Lumpur photo

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square – Kuala Lumpur

Right across the Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands yet another historic building, the Royal Selangor Club. … continue reading

Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians

Because the procedure of applying for VISAs differ slightly from one consulate to another in India, even if you are applying for the same country’s VISA, I was slightly confused about How to apply for Malaysian tourist VISA when I started planning the first visit there. Not enough specific information was available online about it. The stuff that was there on VFS’s official website was very generic and hence of not much help. The Customer care representatives were equally confused, they gave me a different list of required documents each of the three times I called them. Also, the fact that my Passport was not issued in South India, the region handled by the Chennai consulate where I was applying, only added to the confusion.

how to apply Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians In Bangalore

Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians In Bangalore

How to apply for Malaysia Tourist VISA in Bangalore?

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Malaysia – My First Impressions

One of my most distinct memories, if not the most distinct from my last trip to Malaysia is, of my aimless wanderings through the narrow lanes of George Town, the capital of Penang state. Be it the charming architecture, the rustic shops, the beautiful the graffiti, everything there was so charming in a rustic way. I could not have enough of this charming place even after roaming around the same places not once, not twice but thrice! There was hardly anything which I did not like there (if only the beer was a little cheaper though 😉 ). As I wandered through the narrow lanes of Georgetown, I could not help but imagine how would it have been life here like, half a century back! [More on Georgetown coming soon]

The beautiful buildings of Georgetown, Penang

The beautiful buildings of Georgetown, Penang

Malaysia was nowhere near the top in my list of south-east Asian countries that I wanted to visit.… continue reading