01.01.2017 29 °C
After our last night out in Thailand and seeing in the New Year, which turned out to be a nice night out but pretty much a low key event,
with several fire lanterns being set off and just a few fireworks at about 12.10am, (they must have had problems lighting them !)
we grabbed a few hours sleep before leaving Thailand and starting the new year with a new country - Malaysia.
However, this meant getting up on New Years day at 5.30am ! for an early departure and
a 10 hour driving day across the boarder into Malaysia and on to Georgetown, the old colonial part of Penang.
We reached the boarder checkpoint after about 5 hours and entered into Malaysia and lost another hour, as we advanced to +8 hrs GMT,
eventually arriving at Georgetown at 6pm after a long day driving and gladly it wasn't me doing it !
Georgetown was the old colonial capital established by the British back in 1786 during which time they invited other Asian countries to settle there, the largest being China.
After a quick check-in to our hotel, we went out to stretch the legs, had a brief orientation tour of the neighbourhood,
then stopped at a street cafe for some local food, we had a very traditional and popular Malaysian dish called "Mee Goerang"
which is a very spicy noodle based dish which you add your choice of meat, fish or veg too.
As it was still early we had a walkabout trying to find some local bars, although these were scarce as Malaysia has a very strong Muslim culture and hence alcohol and bars are hard to find. We actually found a karaoke bar with nobody in it and another bar with only 2 in !
So we decided to have a dry and early night.