02.01.2017 28 °C
We spent our first full day in Malaysia in George Town a quaint colonial quarter of Penang.
Penang is split up in 2 parts; one part on the mainland and the other on an island connected by 2 bridges;
one 13Km long and the other 23km long !
We drove across the shorter one with great views of the new longer one completed only 2 years ago.
Our Hotel was just outside the George Town area on the Island.
After breakfast we went on a walking tour of Penang's various Temples covering different faiths due to the multicultural population of Malaysia,
the majority of Malaysia is made up of around 60% Chinese, 30% Muslim, then Buddhist and
then Christian. Key Temples were the Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple, the Chinese Wat Chaiya Temple and
finally the Burmese Dharmikarama Temple.
Afterwards we headed towards to waterfront to discover the numerous Jetty's where "clans" of Chinese immigrants arrived and established small communities, now serving as a tourist attraction.
One of the other attractions over recent years is the growing amount of street art around George Town,
all basically their version of a Malaysian Banksy !
We managed to get hold of a map with the key art works highlighted on it, so after a spot of street food for lunch, (a spicy Malaysian Laksa) we spent the afternoon strolling around the streets viewing the artwork, all very good (and very much like Banksy's).
Today was the only real day so far with some rain, although it was around 28c and in between the showers it dried up immediately.
Eventually we got back to the hotel, crossed out for a couple of hours before going out to discover more of Penang by night.