Jan 06, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Penang - 20th March 2008. A tender port again but only 10 minutes away from shore this time. On to the coach for our around the island tour. Georgetown, Malaysia's 2nd biggest city has the bridge to the mainland, one of the longest in the world. Saw the signs for Butterworth (Tommy) The coach took us into the countryside, very verdant, 1st stop to look at a tipical house in the country. (still inhabited!?!) The surrounding areas was like a rubbish tip but further down the path was a beautiful built bungalow no doubt for the head man of the village. Next we stopped at a fruit stall to view the vast array of local produce. Off again to a butterfly farm, very interesting as there was also a selection of all manner of creepy crawlies. Last call was at the Batik factory were we saw most of the processes of applying the wax to various types of cloths, (silk and cotton no synthetics). All very colourful and bright and each piece goes through the dyeing process 3 or 4 times very long and labour intensive process. Beautiful colours so we just has to buy 1 or 2 pieces as momentos. We traveled around the whole of the island and took in the different scenery such as the beach areas as well as the fruit plantations. We returned to the port so tired from the heat we decided to get on the next shuttle ferry back to our abode.