The ‘Tour’ That Never Happened

One of the things that we wanted to do during our stay in George Town, Penang, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage was to take a tour of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion. While researching for our trip, I had bumped upon this place unexpectedly and had spent some time reading about it. I was quite fascinated by its past (you can read about that on Wiki here) and was even more excited when I found that you could actually stay there. I decided to book the place for our stay in Penang. But one look at the tariff per night and I quickly came back to reality. But I wanted to see the place up close.

The Blue Mansion, George Town, Penang

The Blue Mansion, George Town, Penang

What could I do?… continue reading

Street art In George Town

When I had resigned from my job and moved to the North East, one of the things I had expected to be able to do is to blog more frequently and regularly, among other things. However, if you have been following my blog for a while you would have already noticed that things, at least the blogging bit, have not been going the way I had expected it to be. I haven’t been able to blog regularly even though I have tried to. I have wanted to share so many stories over the past couple of months, actually more than that, but haven’t been able to.

Kids on a bicycle, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

Kids on a bicycle, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

So, let me try to regain my momentum with this photo-post about the beautiful street-art of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Penang, Malaysia.… continue reading

Looking Back at 2016 : In Pictures

The New Year is just round the corner as 2016 comes to an end. This year has been quite exciting for me, both in terms of travel and big decisions that I took in life (finally!!). Looking back at 2016 brings a smile on my face, every time so it’s only natural that I feel like sharing all that had happened over the years. But because that is definitely not a good idea lest the post becomes never-ending, let me share a handful of fun moments which I shared over the course of the year on my Instagram timeline.

A Day-Trip to Yercaud
Yercaud remained elusive to me for quite some time before one fine morning I finally decided to drive down up to this colonial hill-station. Though my visit there was not during the best of seasons when it is most beautiful but the slowness and the charm of the uncrowded place made up for it.… continue reading

Walking the streets of George Town

The glimpse that we had got yesterday of this beauty called George Town had made sure we to keep us all excited for the next morning. We wanted to explore the place as much as we can and we wanted to explore it slow. And what better way to do that than walk. Even better was the fact that we knew where most of the must see things in George Town were, thanks to last evening’s trishaw ride. We had first decided to walk to the heritage area of George Town right from our hotel near Komtar, but thanks to the humidity we soon hopped on one of the Rapid Penang buses (CAT bus) that ply at regular intervals and are free.

Khoo Kongsi, George Town - Penang chinese temple

Khoo Kongsi, George Town – Penang

The street art in George Town was one of the things I had been looking forward to, but yesterday’s quick visit to the heritage area had made me realize that this place was much more than that.… continue reading

The charm called George Town

Of all the place we visited in Malaysia, George Town was the most beautiful. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, this historical little town is a delight for people like me who enjoy getting a look and feel of the historic past of places. George Town with its charm had delighted me more than I had expected it to. No sooner had we walked out of the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal in George Town after crossing over from Butterworth, the ageing but colorful buildings, the narrow roads and the seemingly easy-going people on the road made me fall in love with the place, almost immediately.

George Town - An UNESCO World Heritage Site photo

George Town – An UNESCO World Heritage Site

When you are so impressed by a place at its first look you can’t wait to get under its skin and explore.… continue reading

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