The train ride from Singapore to Bangkok is a long one, so I decided to take a break in Penang. I arrived late Friday evening, and I’m leaving today, Sunday, at 2:20pm. I’ll arrive in Bangkok a little after 12:00 noon tomorrow.
Penang is a fantastic city for walkers. All of the sites in Georgetown are easily accessible on foot. I spent the day wandering around the downtown area, popping in and out of temples, eating street food, and visiting local crafts people.
Being the 15th of the month meant that most of the temples were busy with worshipers burning incense and praying to the gods. I took this shot inside Kuan Yin Temple. Known as the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, it is thought to be the oldest temple in Penang. The temple was built by Chinese settlers in the 1800’s.
Penang is a fantastic city for budget travelers. Everything I did yesterday was free. Unlike many places in Asia, there is no charge to enter most of the temples. The local crafts people are friendly, and enjoy showing off their skills. There is no pressure to buy. I spent about $15.00 yesterday (excluding my room), and finished the day with a tummy full of delicious local food.