But once you are in Penang, getting around can be a pain. Taxi drivers here don't use the meter, so fares quoted are arbitrary and on the high end. I paid Rm30 for the 10-minute ride from the bus terminal at Sungei Nibong to Evergreen Laurel Hotel along Persiaran Gurney. Although public transportation has improved tremendously with the introduction of RapidPenang buses, you have to be familiar with the bus routes and schedules to enjoy exploring Penang by bus.
The skyline has changed drastically over the past few years. There are now more high rise luxury condominiums and shopping malls that can rival those in KL. Thankfully, visitors can still find the old Penang behind the modern facade of the island city of Georgetown.
|A stroll along Penang Street takes one back to the old days when mama and |
papa shops like this one were a ubiquitous sight. The wide assortment of
products sold in these shops boggles the mind.
|Itinerant street vendors like this rojak (Malaysian salad) man above are a |
dying breed in the cities. He was actually taking a nap when I photographed
him. Business must be slow in the hot afternoon.
|The famous Penang 'char kwei teow' or fried white noodles with |
bean sprouts and prawns.A real culinary treat at only Rm4 a plate.
This place was highly recommended by our taxi driver.
|Making coffee and toasting bread the old-fashioned way at a kopitiam in one of the alleys. |
The last time I saw a scene like this was in the 1950s during my primary school days!
|THIS is the genuine black coffee and toast, served the original old town kopitiam style. |
Only Rm4 for all - real value for money.
|Dinner at Gurney Drive is a must. A haven for food-lovers who enjoy hawker fare.|
|Stall selling boiled squid and clams with water convolbus (kangkong) and served |
with chilly sauce if you like it spicy.
|Indian rojak - a mouth-watering selection, just pick what you like.|
|A police patrol van passing by. A whole kilometre of parked cars along Gurney Drive.|
And not one jaga kereta boy in sight! Penangites say they now enjoy a new
sense of peace and security going for evening walks after dinner..