Malaysia; Penang – A ferry trip across the Penang Straits.

Hi there! This post is long overdue … way overdue. It’s about a my trip from Penang island to the mainland Peninsular Malaysia across the South Straits or commonly know to the locals as Penang Straits.

As you would have known ( but it if you do not know), you can get to the island by 4 ways from mainland. 2 by road which is going across the Penang bridge or the 2nd Penang bridge (which is the longest in S.E.A; just opened on 1st Mar 2014) or you can fly in to Penang Island. And the 4th is, you can take the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown, Penang island or vice versa. It will cost you rm7 per car and for a pedestrian is rm1.20 and rm0.60 if you are a student. You only have to pay one way; the trip to the island and it’s free if you take from island to mainland.

This time, I will be sharing on my trip by ferry across the South Straits. The journey takes about 20min. Here’s a brief history of the Penang ferry service. It is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia which connects Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth to Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay in George Town in Penang Island. There are total of 17 ferries but 9 of them has already retired.

Here’s a picture of the layout of the ferry.

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A shot from inside the ferry on the lower deck overlooking the quay.

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Another shot overlooking the island.

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Cars park bumper to bumper. You are allowed to get out from your car once the ferry starts moving.

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Sand ‘pit’.

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Entry to the engine room but of course you are not allowed in.

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A view looking at the mainland which you can Penang port.

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Enjoyed the short trip with me on the ferry? Anyway…  stay tune and see what coming up next. =)

Malaysia – Georgetown; The continuation search for Street Art (2)

Still at Chew Jetty, we were strolling along the passageways, passing the clustered wooden houses which were still occupied by the occupants of the Chew Clan communities.

The passageway made of wooden planks. The houses built on wooden stilts.

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One of the typical wooden houses at the Chew Jetty.

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Colourful sign boards…. so that you do not get lost lol!!!

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Wooden houses on stilts. If you look at the picture below on the far left, there used to be an Ernest Zacharevic’s painting; Children in a boat but due to the rain and sunshine… it was slowly disappearing. You can catch this painting in my earlier posting – Street Art around town; of a different kind

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Boats tied to the jetty and it was low tide.

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A view at the end of the jetty overlooking Penang Bridge from afar.

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Walking out from the Chew Jetty…. we were heading to the Gat Lebuh Armenian (Armenian Street Ghaut) road.

Old shops doing metal works… and this one was doing anchors for boats or ships.

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Want more? Then dun stop… let’s continue ‘walking’ with me and let’s find those street art. =)

Malaysia – A View from the Airplane Window

This is my one of trip back from Penang to Kuala Lumpur using flight. As flights were getting more affordable (provided you book early) it is more convenient to fly than to take a bus which may even cost more. Malaysia have a lot of choices of flights to choose from such as Firefly, Berjaya Airlines and Malindo which flies to Subang Skypark, and Airasia to LCCT. Flight time is usually around 45mins to 1 hr whereas a bus trip will take about 4 to 5 hours.

In the Firefly ATR 72-500 propeller plane taxing to take off.

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passing by an Airasia 737-400 which just arrived.

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A nice shot from the airplane window overlooking the 2nd Penang Bridge link; which is 24km long (land and sea) which is expected to be open in Nov 2014 linking the island to the mainland at Batu Kawan.

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The Island of Pulau Jerejak which is a short 5min ferry ride from the island. This island was formerly the main leper asylum for The Straits Settlements (1868), then Quarantine Station(1875) and later penal colony (1969) for the ISA detainees. Now, it has been converted to a resort which is facing the island side. While the other side of the island of Jerejak is a shipyard.

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Lastly…. a short out of the window of the clouds at 25,000 feet.

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Catch me on my next posting. 😊