Trip Report by Stumpy June 2002
We arrived home this morning from our first trip to Penang and just loved it. We stayed at the Bayview Beach Resort and had an ocean facing suite on the 6th floor which was absolutely amazing. We have had 19 trips to Bali and our preference is usually the budget type of accommodation but this time we decided to spend a bit more and go upmarket and I am sure glad we did. We had a bedroom with the biggest bed I have ever seen, lounge and ensuite bathroom, two balconies and two remote TVs. With accommodation like this I guess it's no wonder we only made it out for breakfast (brunch) about 3 or 4 times during our 2 weeks holiday. The Happy Garden serves a really good Breakfast and we had most of our evening meals at the Long Beach. We were fortunate enough to meet another couple from Perth on our first day and they showed us around and took us into Komtar in Georgetown on the bus. Being rookies in Penang, we had no idea of where to go or how to get there but the help we received from our new friends Noelene and Greg and the info received from postings on this forum made a real difference to our holiday. I can't thank everybody enough for that. In Batu Ferringhi we changed most of our money at Ocean Jupiter which is opposite Happy Garden and also booked a tour through them. Our guide, Stephen was very helpful, informative and had a great sense of humour. We went to the butterfly farm, snake temple, fruit orchard, had a look at the bridge and went on the Penang Hill Railway - what an incredible experience that was. While we still love Bali and will go back there, somehow Bali will never be quite the same after Penang. We have had a wonderful holiday in a wonderful hotel, we will be back next year- we're hooked.