About Adyba Jee

Adyba Jee is a lifestyle & entertainment (Lifestainment) blogger based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Travel: Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

George Town, the capital city of Penang state, is located on Penang Island in the North-West of Malaysia. It might be Malaysia’s second largest city after Kuala Lumpur, but it’s nowhere near as crazy and in your face as the country’s capital. Especially in its quaint old town centre.

5 Things You Should Explore in Georgetown, Penang

Penang Ferry began its operations in 1920, making it the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. These iconic ferries ply between the Seberang Perai mainland and Penang island, ferrying both passengers and vehicles to and from the island.

The ferries are designed for vehicles to roll-on/roll-off. Some board pedestrian passengers on the upper deck and small vehicles (cars) on the lower deck, whereas some board vehicles on both decks.

The benches for passengers on the upper decks have pivoting backs that can be flipped back and forth so passengers can sit facing in the direction of travel regardless of which way the ferry is going.

The 15 minute ferry ride allows visitors to enjoy the spectacular view of Penang island and serves as a reliable mode of transportation to and from the island.

A fleet of eight ferries, named after the many beautiful islands in Malaysia, the ferries are named Pulau Pinang, Pulau Payar, Pulau Angsa, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rimau, Pulau Undan, Pulau Rawa and Pulau Talang-Talang ply the waters. Penang Port is unique, in that it is the only port in Malaysia that runs a ferry service, linking Georgetown on Penang Island (Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda) and Butterworth on the mainland (Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim)

Important Note:

First ferry from Butterworth to George Town at 05.20 am.
Last ferry to Penang at 00.10 am.

First ferry from Penang Island to Butterworth at 05.40 am.
Last ferry to Butterworth at 00.40 am.

The Penang ferry runs roughly every 20 to 30 minutes, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 3km distance.

After 10pm, there are less frequent boats, with just one departure every 60 minutes.

Georgetown Ferry Schedule

nasi biryani briyani kapatan penang

Kapitan’s has made a name for itself and namely, its Tandoori Chicken. Be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper or those unnamed in-between meals, Kapitan’s, while initially boosted to fame with its tandoori chicken, has since gone on to attracting as many customers for its nasi briyani, naans and a rather eccentric mix of a drink, badam milk (pure cow milk boiled with ground almond, cashew nuts and raisins with sugar).

Another specials that you MUST find for breakfast in Georgetown is the toast. “Roti Bakar Telur Goyang” or in English will be Toast and Poaches Eggs. Nothing can go wrong with this toast as it’s traditional toasted on the charcoal. It is located at Roti Bakar Hutton Lane, GPS will help you to find the place. It’s walking distance from  the street art though.

Roti bakar telur goyang georgetown penang breakfast

Some shot of the street art in Georgetown that’s one of the attraction to take picture with.

 

A little more sightseeing at Georgetown that may attract you and a MUST to see there. There are a lot of museums that you might want to visit, as for our case, we don’t really have time to visit due to limited time. From the Ghost Museum, Penang 3D Art Museum to Camera Museum to whatever weird animal Museum (I couldn’t recall the name) LOL!

 

If you would like to visit Georgetown, I would recommend you to stay within the radius of Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street or Beach Street. It is convenient for you to walk around. So have fun!

 

#CafeHopKL: Heli Lounge Bar KL The Rooftop Bar on Helipad with 360° Views of KL City

Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

Heli Lounge Bar

A helipad by day and bar by night? Yes, that’s exactly what Heli Lounge Bar is all about. When you’ve finally accomplished climbing a flight of stairs up to the Heli Lounge, you’ll find yourself standing out in the open surrounded by 360 degree views of KL and some mismatched furniture. Downstairs, there’s a club with a Resident DJ and aviation-inspired decor.

34th floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 
Mon-Wed 6pm-12am, Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am.

A little reminder you will see before you go up to the stair case. And Oh! You have to buy at least a drink before you can go up. That’s a good catch since it is FREE for you to enjoy the scenery at the roof top, a drink is a good deal! :p Do not get drunk, we don’t want anyone to jump down from the 34th floor. LOL!

HeliPad Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Carefully walk up the stairs, for 2 floors, and there you go, the beautiful view of this hustle city is ready to welcome you! It is open air, right on a functional helipad which is used as landing area for aircrart by day, and transformed into a “sky bar on helipad” by night – memorable.

Roof Top Lounge Kuala Lumpur Helipad

SkyBar Lounge in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

And

Roof Top View of Kuala Lumpur at Night

Tip: Come early in order to get a good seat with a good sunset view. Heli Lounge Bar opens at 5pm so try to get in before 6pm.

Dress Code: No shorts or slipper after 9PM but it is okay before the night comes 🙂

Hiking: Bukit Saga, Ampang

While there are parts of Ampang’s Bukit Saga or Saga Hill, that are quiet and unspoilt, other parts can feel overly tended and less than natural. Still Bukit Saga is beloved by the community it serves. And the community loves it straight back.

There are many routes to choose from, which start from various sides of the hill. Saga Hill refers to the hilltop nearest the small town of Taman Saga, where the starting point is. Before you are considering Saga Hill, I strongly suggest wear a pair of proper hiking shoe and prepare a hiking stick for this hill.

Hiking Bukit Saga Ampang Malaysia Asia

Saga Hill is a great hike for nature lovers. Mildly challenging trails that will work up a bit of a sweat. Many trails to choose from so be aware of your route or hike with someone experienced and knows the trails. Nice waterfall that will help cool you down.

Hiking Bukit Saga Amapang Malaysia nature  Hiking Bukit Saga Amapang Malaysia Top peak

Once you have reached the peak of Bukit Saga, you may proceed further to reach the roundabout that will lead you to the Hilltop & Waterfall trail. We decided to take the waterfall trail instead of the hilltop. The Hilltop trail is very popular with hikers who are doing their trainings for mountain trekking.

Overall, it was a challenging trail for a beginner but with perseverance and persistence, it was worth it especially the satisfaction of reaching the waterfall. Would recommend everyone to at least have a go at Bukit Saga. As there seems to be some people who are maintaining the trail there, the area is well kept and very clean. Even the waterfall area is rubbish free allowing hikers to just enjoy the natural beauty.

The residents (many of which are more senior and like to climb every day) apparently prefer that climbers don’t park too near their houses, so the suggested parking space is a small park in front of a kindergarten (I think). From there, Saga Hill is clearly visible.