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Around Christmas December 2007, I spent 2 days and one night enjoying Penang as the second paradise in the earth, after Bali.

Well, I was born and grew up in Bali, so I am very familiar with the culture and landscape of my island. I’ve heard about Penang more than 30 years ago, but only just two months ago I realized my dream to visit Penang. Infact Penang is almost like Bali, especially in that resort area called Batu Ferringhi. The night life with cafes and foodmart in the open air, seems like Kuta Beach for me. Even more with the night market along the principal street, where we could buy bags, shoes, acessories, etc.

There’s a bridge connecting this island of Penang to the Malacca peninsula which is about 13,5 kilometers length. I supposed to see Butterworth harbour, but I could not due to my short visit.

I was impressed by the taxi driver, who would give you his name card with his phone number, so that we could call him, whenever we need a taxi.

Like in other part of Malaysia, in Penang there are 3 ethnic groups : malayan, indian and chinese. All these three ethnics are working hand in hand in daily life. Most of the drivers are indians, stores and shopping mall belongs to chinese and the malayans do restaurants and food marts.

And this is a photograph from foodmart at Batu Ferringhi.

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