We got a good nights sleep for the first time in a couple of days until we were woken up at 6am by some people from the next dorm that were unbelievably heavy footed and loud. A elephant would have been quieter!!
We headed out to find some lunch as we'd slept through breakfast to find that the haze was still lingering. This was annoying as the main attractions in Penang are beaches, a view of the whole island from the top of the hill or temples and we'd already seen plenty of those.
We decided to go up the mountain to see what the view was like. We got a taxi there and the driver was telling us all about the haze. So here goes, Malaysian businesses are buying land in Sumatra so they can plant Palm trees or build factories but this land is currently a jungle so instead of hiring labourers to chop the trees down it is cheaper to burn the trees to the ground. So this is what they are doing and so the smoke is drifting over Malaysia and southern Thailand. It has been hazy in Malaysia for 2 months apparently and people are getting sick because of it. It's crazy how it's allowed to happen!
The taxi dropped us off at the bottom of the mountain and we took a train up, straight up at a 29 degree angle to 1,900m. We could just about make out some of the taller buildings through the haze. One positive is that I had a decent cup of tea at the top with actual milk!
We found an Indian restaurant for tea and I had a lovely chicken biryani. Then back to the hostel and my bottle of vodka