Penang is a lot of cruisers' favorite place in Malaysia. Lots of old Chinese customs and culture as well as great food. The old and new seem to mix easily here. We came to get our Thai visas here and didn't spend much time here looking around at tourist sights this time. We got ripped off buying fuel here from a dubious source. Yachts aren't allowed to buy fuel from the gas station on shore and must resort to getting it from a fuel barge in the anchorage. A boat near us dragged twice in one day and we were glad to leave the iffy holding and move on towards Langkawi after only a few days. Finding provisions here was tough. The grocery store was miles away and most people just resort to eating the street food instead of buying food to prepare themselves. We tried the famous Penang laksa, a spicy noodle soup that is known to be different here from everywhere else.
These are some glittery dragons outside of a Buddhist temple. The monks keep the place spotless and shiny. So colorful.