It was an exciting first hour on the bus from Cameron Highlands to Penang (32 MYR). There were several stops in which people were shooting at each other, trying to board the bus, getting kicked (literally) off the bus, and getting hit some more once the bus had left them in the street. The bus driver later told us that the guy unceremoniously removed from the bus was a thief. As to what it was he stole I have no idea.
Then while navigating the zig zag roads, some passengers started to feel uncomfortable. It became clear to me at that point why there were plastic bags provided for each seat. After the first wave of discharges, a second wave started from those who were empathetic with the first batch. This was not the best environment to try and get some rest. Good thing the road started turning less curvaceous after that first hour and stomachs settled down.
4.5 hours later, we arrived in Penang about 9km from Georgetown heritage town. I followed the locals and got on bus 401 bound for Komtar bus terminal in Georgetown. This was the central hub for busses in Georgetown. Good thing my guesthouse was just a few minutes walk away. Very handy for catching busses to the airport, Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si temple and any other destination outside Georgetown.
I grabbed one of the free tourist maps from the front desk and started walking around the old town. Surprisingly, I was able to visit most of the sights in 4 hours. I wasn’t able to go inside a few of them after 5 PM and some of them were closed due to the holiday today while others were under renovation. Still, if ever I don’t come back early enough tomorrow to visit these places then at least I saw their facade.
For dinner, I ventured some distance from the old town to the Nyonya Breeze. This was the most expensive dinner I’ve had this whole trip but it was worth every cent. Since the person who recommended this was a Penang native, I had no doubts about its authenticity. A great way to end my first day in Penang!