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    Wat Buppharam Thai Temple

    by limkahwan Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    This is the Most popular Thai Temple for the locals. The amazing things that happen in this Temple is the lifting of the Buddha. During the Songkran Festival this temple organized a very large scale ceremony and celebration.

    Wat Buppharam The Dragon Shrine
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    King of Fruit in Penang

    by limkahwan Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    Many foreigners know little about this thorny fruit called Durian, it has a very odd smell, which is why it is not popular with foreigners. Even hotels and many public places put a ban on their premises for the Durian. But the best part is, when you tasted it and like it, you will never forget it. In Asia there are many varieties, but Penang "Balik Pulau" Durian is the most sought after, and many people are willing to pay a high price for its varieties. The best variety can fetch up to RM100.00 per Durian and about 11/2 Kg. The best fruit must taste bitter, sticky, fragrance and smooth texture. Most of the Durian you found in the Supermarket are from Thailand which is rough in texture and sweet.

    At the hill top Durian Station One of its stall The very best you can find
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    Dawn at Ayer Itam Dam

    by limkahwan Updated Mar 25, 2013

    Ayer Itam dam is an untapped attractive place in Penang. When one visit Kek Lok Si Temple go further up the hill you will come to the dam it was opened in 1962. For most people visit the dam is for morning exercise with a track of 2.8 KM rather than scenic view. There are few trails after the dam, and it can take you to Balik Pulau or even Sungai Dua in North-West of Penang. The beauty of Penang is that we have Sea, Hills, Histories, Cultures, Foods of different cultures, and friendly people. For the hospitality we adopted from the British because we are a colonized country. In the olden we used to work under the British and they have taught us many useful manners, education, systems and humbleness.

    Dawn at Ayer Itam Dam Ayer Itam Dam The Trails To Balik Pulau Dam's Signage Tua Pek Kong's Trail
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    Penang Heritage Trail

    by limkahwan Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Penang has become more popular each day. After been gazette as the world's heritage city many has chose Penang for their holiday. For those who are interested in Historical Travel here are a few information that might be handy.

    PENANG was ranked :-
    * 2nd in the New York Time's "The 44 Places To Go.
    * 8th in ECA International's Most Livable & Workable City In Asia.
    * Yahoo Travel's Top 10 Island To Explore Before You Die.
    * UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site in July 2008.
    * CNNGo's Asia 10 Greatest Street Food Cities.
    * 12th in the New York Times' Frugal & Food Category.
    * Penang's Asam Laksa Ranked 7th in CNN's World's 50 Most Delicious Foods.
    * Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Ranked 2nd in the Lonely Planet's Greatest Mansion & Grand
    Houses.
    With all the above, it proved that this small city is worth to visit.

    The Blue House (Cheong Fatt Tze) The Chinese Family House The Clan's House Chinese House Main Door The Decoration of Eight Saint
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    Arrange a VT Meet

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Wherever we go Hubby and I love to meet the locals. And what better way than to arrange a vt meet.

    We were very lucky in Penang because not only did we meet a couple of locals but we were taken around to see the sights and were also invited to a vt'ers wedding! :o)

    Please read my travelogues for the full story. In the meantime check out my pix here for a taste of the fun that we had! :o) A big thank you to Swee Long and your lovely wife Kak Wan and also to Winnie and new husband John. Thank you, thank you!! I love you guys!! :o) xx

    aussirose meets winnietankl in Penang aussirose meets DaHongHua in Penang Kak Wan, aussirose and DaHongHua in Penang aussirose meets the Penang locals winnietankl wedding Penang by aussirose
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    Happy Hour Cocktails

    by aussirose Written Mar 22, 2013

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    After a big day sightseeing, there's nothing better than to arrive back in the hotel and hit the bar for happy hour. So make sure you check out the times as most hotels have happy hour.

    I tried a different cocktail each day and then best thing is that you get 2 for the price of one.

    Howie and I also used that time to have a chat to the bar staff. We got to know them and they looked after us. I gave their names to the manager at the end of our stay and recommended them for the recognition that they deserved. So a big thank you again to Zam, Zaid, Ruslezan and Salina. You guys were fantastic!

    aussirose and Zaid at Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang aussirose and Zam at Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang Happy Hour Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang by aussirose Happy Hour Coctail Parkroyal Penang by aussirose Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang by aussirose
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    Fresh Fruit from the Markets Penang

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Whilst on the food topic, Penang has the best fresh fruit!

    During our day trip with Swee Long and Kak Wan, they took us to the local markets and there I saw my favourite bananas (sweet little lady fingers). I grew up with these in Queensland and won't eat the big bananas that we get in Perth because they are not sweet and frankly tasteless. So when I saw my favourite bananas I was definately in heaven!! :o)

    Kak Wan bought me a bunch and also a few Dokong (which is like lychees) pictured in No. 3 pic.

    So when in Penang, don't forget to buy some of these bananas. You can get them just about anywhere.

    aussirose loves sweet lady finger bananas Penang Penang markets fresh fruit by aussirose Dokong fruit Penang (like lychees) by aussirose Sweet Lady Finger Bananas Penang by aussirose
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    Penang - Foodie Heaven

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Please check out my foodie photos here. OMG!! Penang is foodie heaven!! :o)
    We had heard about it ..... and now we can vouch for it!

    We had only just arrived in Penang and dear Swee Long and his wife took us on a day trip. During the trip we were to discover some different tastes to wet our culinary appetite. Thanks guys!! :o)

    As you can see from the pic, our plates are clean :o) I was itching to taste the real Mee Goreng noodles so I ordered them for lunch and the dish was totally awesome! (Pic 2).

    Even our bar snacks at the Parkroyal were juicy! (Check out Pic 3).

    At the Magic 1 Restaurant in Batu Ferringhi, hubby ordered a Lobster and WoW!, it was awesome! The seafood in Penang was fresh and yummy. (See Pic 4). In fact the Magic 1 was our favourite restaurant in Batu Ferringhi. The Lamb Shank is the best I have ever had!.... check that out on my restaurant tip.

    And this is my absolute favourite ( Pic 5). The sweet Nyonya dessert made out of sago in thick sweetened coconut milk with sweet potato and yam...... Haw!!!.... yummy, yummy!!.

    In short, Penang is definately a foodie heaven and hubby and I certainly made the most of that :o) Now, we are on a strict diet to loose all those extra kilos lol.

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    Hire a Car in Penang

    by aussirose Written Mar 22, 2013

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    The best way to see Penang is to hire a car. We booked it through our hotel.

    We managed to see most of the island and as usual hubby drove and I directed. Our favourite spot was a lookout on top of the hill on the southern side of the island. To get there you drive past the Spice Garden, Butterfly Park and up the hill past the dam and the Tropical Fruit place.

    At the lookout there is a shop where we enjoyed a chat with the owner and a chilled Tiger Beer.

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    Spice Gardens - Batu Ferringhi

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Hubby and I really enjoyed the Spice Gardens as it was a lush rainforest with beautiful tropical plants and flowers, a nice little water garden and a tea house amongst the rainforest.

    There are a maze of walking trails and around 500 different plant species.

    Next to the tea house there is a spice shop which is interesting to wander around in.
    We then sat down at the tea house for a nice cuppa. I ordered a coffee with spices in and enjoyed sitting in our cabana and looking out at the view and chatting with the monkeys. (See Pic 5).

    I recommend a visit here. We had hired a car but you can take a bus from Batu Ferringhi or a taxi.

    Penang Spice Garden by aussirose Penang Spice Garden Tropical Flower by aussirose Penang Spice Garden by aussirose Penang Spice Garden by aussirose Penang Spice Garden by aussirose
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    The Old Penang

    by limkahwan Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Penang was found in the 1786s by the British and they have left behind many memories. All the buildings in the pictures shown here are built by the British during their colonial days and still exist today and was gazetted under the UNESCO World Heritage.

    Water Front Sampan The Clock Tower The Old Clan Jetty The Goddess Of Mercy Temple Kapitan Mosque
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    Penang Cultural Religious Heritage Buildings

    by limkahwan Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Cultural Heritage Buildings is a proof of our diversity and rich culture in Penang, which dated back two centuries. Penang not only offers Heritage Buildings but also the recipient of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards in 2006 with the Penang Teochew Association Ancestral Home in Chulia Street. Beside the Heritage buildings Penang also offer abundance of street foods from different Race (Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nonya, etc...etc...) . With an area of 109 hectares heritage trails you can find all the rich history, culture and all the local foods easily within walking distance.

    TEOCHEW ASSOCIATION ANSCESTRAL HOME (1855) HOCK TEIK CHENG SIN TEMPLE ARMENIAN STREET (1850s) GODDESS OF MERCY TEMPLE, PITT STREET (1728) CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION, LEITH'S STREET St George's Church 1819
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    UNESCO WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE CITY

    by limkahwan Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Within 109 hectares, Penang offers you a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site consists of Indo-Malay Palladian Style, Anglo-Indian, Sino-Anglo, Neo-Classical, Early Modern houses, shops and bungalows. Numerous multiculturalism, religious buildings such as Mosques, Churches, Chinese and Indian Temples dated as far back as more than 200 years old. Besides these, Penang offers you the unique Chinese Clan Jetties along Weld Quay. The Clan Jetties are very laid back compared to the city.

    The Penang Peranakan Mansion The Logan House The Logan House Royal Bank Of Scotland The Cantonese and Teochew Association Building
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    The Straits Quay Exhibition Centre

    by DaHongHua Updated Sep 17, 2012

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    A new tourist and shopping spot in 2012. It is located by the sea on reclaimed land. The Straits Quay is a shopping mall with many franchaise eating outlets and branded products retail shops. It also has halls for exhibition, wedding function and an open area for street hawkers. By the seaside, it is the jetty for private yachts. There are ample parking lots in the multi storey car park. At the early operation stage, 1st hour parking is free while after that is it only RM1 per entry. The 2012 Travel and Tourism Fair was held here - The Straits Quay Exhibition Centre.

    The main entrance a big area for street hawkers private yachts are parked and maintained here it is priced, but you can bargain The 3D puzzles price from RM9.90 to RM89
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    Penang Toy Museum - Suhardy

    by AngMimi Written Sep 14, 2012

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    Another interesting place to visit - Penang Toy Museum - the museum exhibit a collection of toys and figurine collections, may be the biggest collection in the world.
    Thanks for Suhardy again for the pictures.

    Please read more on Penang Toy Museum.
    http://www.penang-vacations.com/penang-toy-museum.html

    Opening Hour:
    Open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm including weekends and Public Holidays.

    To get there:
    Penang Toy Museum is located at Jalan Tanjung Bungah in front of Copthorne
    Orchid Hotel.

    Admission fee :
    Adult : RM10 ; Children : RM6
    Last Admisson at 8:30 pm. H/P: 6012-460 2096

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