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We left Indonesia on the morning of the first day of Ramadan – which was completely fluke – and which turned out to be a really interesting experience. We left Bukit Lawang at around 5.30am and the streets most of the way to Medan (about 2.5 hours away) were lined with partying muslims letting off fireworks to celebrate the beginning of their fasting period. Once at the airport we decided to console ourselves about leaving Indo with massages before getting on the plane.
We spent the first afternoon in Penang pretty much just chilling on the beach opposite our guesthouse, then the next day in Georgetown. We saw all the usual sights – the British Colonial buildings, waterfront and Little India (where we spent most of our time). We decided to spend the next morning at Kek Lok Si Temple, and ended up loving it so much that we spent almost the entire day there, wandering the extensive temple grounds and climbing the stairs of the Pagoda of ten thousand buddhas. Kek Lok Si was definitely the highlight of our time in Penang. In the following couple of days we went to Batu Ferringhi (the main touristy beach) and hung out on our beach, went to the floating mosque and basically just chilled. We felt a little underwhelmed at both Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi, and are glad that we opted to stay on the beach between the two, near an awesome hawker centre. Tonight we’re getting the overnight train to KL which we’re both really looking forward to, so will report back soon! Our photos are here.