We caught the 9am train from KL Sentral, which arrived into Butterworth at 1pm.
Our tickets were all spread out. Two seats in the D carriage but in aisle 1 and 10, whilst the other two were in carriage F. Buying tickets online using the ktmb.com.my website using a phone is impossible. If you’re going to buy ETS tickets then best to use a tablet or a computer. We booked our accommodation the night before arriving to Penang.
The train journey to Butterworth went by pretty quickly with entertainment, colouring in and playing games. We received a complimentary morning tea snack from the workers.
I was quite impressed that there is a constant cleaner on board, ready to sweep and ensure the toilets are clean. Whilst I was thankful that the train was clean, there was something about the new Malaysian trains that did not quite have the same ambiance/vibe as the older trains we travelled in Vietnam. They seem almost too clinical. It’s hard to explain.
Once arriving into Butterworth, we caught a shuttle bus to the Ferry that took us to Penang.
It has been a long day and we needed to find lunch as it was nearing 2pm.
We found a nice spot around the corner from where we were staying called Sri Ananda Bahwan. Excellent Indian food and well priced.
Things to see/do in Penang
1. Magic world
The boys loved Magic world, although Mr 4 found it a little scary at times – particularly when they “chopped me in half”. It was a good time killer away from the heat and they loved it.
2. Fort Cornwallis
Not a whole lot to see here. Just a few canons and bit of interesting reading.
3. Butterfly farm
This place is really interesting and well laid out. There’s so much to see and I would definitely recommend this for families. It isn’t all about butterflies. There is a lot about bugs and insects and overall the underworld.
We enjoyed Penang. It reminded us a little of Hoi An. It’s not quite like Hoi An, in the sense that it is still missing more of the cultural atmosphere, but the colonial buildings, the street art and people certainly make this place attractive.