Sunday, 13 February 2011

7 -8 October 2001

Penang turned out to be much like Hanoi with cyclos noodle stands and signs in Roman script, they even sold banh bao. I moved to a cheaper and more salubrious hotel and swapped my Thailand guidebook for a Malaysia one and based on that went off to see Fort Cornwalis.

The exhibits at the fort were closed so I walked round the walls then paid to go to the top of KOMTAR tower and look out over the straits, which looked very narrow from up there.

Despite the bars and Chinese restaurant serving pork the Muslim influence on the city was clear with the call to prayer from three directions and a notable absence of the Israeli's who are everywhere in Thailand.

Tried and failed to find my way to Penang hill and decided it was time to move on.

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