This was a short 3D2N family trip made in Oct. The initial idea was just hubby, baby and I. Well, eventually the group got bigger and it became a entourage of 8 pax (maternal grandma, auntie, MIL, mum, brother & his GF, hubby and I) and 1 baby! Come to think of it, it's been almost 20 years since I last visited Penang! I remembered dad drove us all the way there, but couldn't remember where I stayed then, or probably we didn't stay overnight? Anyway, we decided to stay at the G Hotel next to Gurney Plaza. Initially had wanted to stay at Batu Ferringhi area but changed our mind as Gurney Drive area would be more convenient for us.
We took a morning flight on Airasia and reached Penang around noon time. The hotel transport came to pick us as arranged. Along the way, noticed quite a number of high rise luxury condominiums along the coastal region. Apparently, these properties are highly sought after by foreigners.
G Hotel, relatively new hotel establishment, next to Gurney Plaza and a short walk to Gurney Drive hawker centre. Overall, I like the hotel, comfortable, stylish and convenient location.
By the time we settled down, it was past lunch time. We made our way to Gurney Plaza and had lunch at one of the eatery not worth mentioning. Thereafter, we went back to the hotel to nurse baby and let him take his nap while the rest continued shopping.
Salivating yet? Since we came all the way to Penang for food, we had to order a bit of almost everything to try.
I think we ordered a few other dishes and desserts as well, but I didn't manage to take photos for all. Couldn't wait to tuck in already. All in all, Gurney Drive hawker lives up to our expectations and if we have a chance to go to Penang again, I would go there again.
After the dinner, we decided to take cab to the Batu Ferringhi night market. The journey took some 20-30 mins and well, I would say not worth the trip at all. Nothing special and interesting. After about 45 mins of aimless walking through the boring stalls, we called it a day and headed back to the hotel.
The next day, breakfast was at g cafe. The spread was the usual, with bread and pastries selection, juices, salads, egg station, prawn noodle station, waffle station, hot selections etc.
After breakfast, we set off for our sightseeing.
After the refreshing dessert, we walked around the marketplace.
After the marketplace, we walked around the Penang old town and found most of the shops closed (Sunday). Oh well. We decided to make our way to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. It was actually not easy to hail cabs along the streets. Strange we thought. Then while on the cab, the driver checked with us whether we were interested to visit some other tourist attractions and even whipped out a map to show us some package he could offer. It seemed that most cabs were 'booked' by tourists on hourly basis to take them to different destinations. Hmmm, is this some sort of cartel?
When we reached Kek Lok Si Temple, the cab driver offered to fetch us for the return trip but hubby turned down the offer (as he didn't like this cartel practise and he didn't want to be tied down for a fixed timing). The cab driver warned us it's difficult to get cabs but hubby felt otherwise. Well...
As it was past lunch time, we decided to eat lunch at the vegetarian restaurant before exploring the temple. Ordered a 8-dish set menu to feed our growling stomach.
Time to head back as we were all tired and sweaty but couldn't find any cabs at all. I was like -_-
One of the shop owners advised us to walk around 10 mins (descending stairways/path with shops) to the main street. But after reaching the main street, still no sight of cabs. Finally we asked around and one shop owner helped us get his cab friend and another private car to send us back to the hotel (have to pay of course).
Finally we reached the hotel for a bit of rest before dinner.
Dinner was at this seafood restaurant (recommended by a friend) about 15 mins' walk from our hotel.
Salad lobster! I wanted to order this as it was a long time since I last had lobster. It felt so good to put one whole chunk of crunchy lobster meat drenched in salad sauce into my mouth. Hmmm hmmm. I like it that the lobster meat was cut into large chunks instead of thin wafer-like pieces at some restaurants.
It was a hearty meal fit for our last night in Penang. Cost about RM500+ which is considered value-for-money (as compared to SG prices). With this, we took a slow stroll along the windy coastline and headed back to the hotel. Took early morning flight back to SG the next day.
Would I go Penang again? Probably, for the food but not the attractions. Probably, another 20 years later?