Today we went on a tour organised by the hotel. The tour we chose was the Penang Hill and temple tour. We got up in the morning to discover it was raining, but very hot with it. Later in the day we discovered the temperature had hit 42 degrees, yikes.....
First of all we went to Kek Lok Si Temple, which like other temples we have visited was stunning. Located up in a hill it has a cable car to get you back down. Kek Lok Si is a Buddhist temple, and great detail has been taken in its building.
Next we were taken to the bottom of Penang Hill and to my horror (with my fear of heights) were faced with a mountain railway train. Similar to the Cairngorm one, not as high, but on a far steeper incline. After nearly having a panic attack (maybe slightly exxagerated), we made it on to the train and up to the top, which took about 10 minutes. The view from the top of Penang and Penang bridge was lovely.
We were then taken to the Botanical Garden, where we were taken round on a tram, lots of nice plants to see. Though my favourite part was the monkey at the beginning, who stole the ladies lunch who worked at the admission counter. The monkey cheekily grabbed her bag of food and climbed a tree with it.
We then went to cocoa Boutique, where the coffee lovers (including Allena) tried a wide range of coffees, I did attempt to, but shortly decided against it, after pulling a few faces.
Then a boy who worked there showed us lots of different chocolates that they make and also provided lots of scrummy samples. I thought it rude to leave empty handed, so decided I had better buy some chocolate to take away ;-) ........
Finally we were taken to Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple (reclining buddha temple). This is a Thai temple which inside has a massive reclining buddha statue.
Accross the road was Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhest Temple, where we also looked round and saw monks praying. One monk gave me a lovely smile as I snapped his photo once they had finished paying, and nodded politely.
We were returned to our hotel following this. The tour took around 5 hours and was well worth it.