We emerged from the hotel a half an hour later after settling my grumbling tummy and made our way to the bus stop along Jalan Penang in front of the 7-Eleven. Here we caught a Rapid Penang #201 bus to KOMTAR for a fare of RM1.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.20).
We were planning to visit an area of Penang Island that we’ve never been to, that is Balik Pulau. In order to do this we waited for the Rapid Penang #401E bus right at the last lane of KOMTAR Bus Terminal.
We boarded the bus at twenty after eleven in the morning and paid the fare of RM4.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.90). This bus ride promised to be loads of fun since it would take an hour, passing through areas such as Gelugor, Sungai Nibong, Queensbay Mall, Bukit Jambul, Penang Airport, Teluk Kumbar, Genting before eventually arriving in Balik Pulau.
We arrived in Balik Pulau an hour and twenty minutes later, and after consulting with the bus driver about where we could have lunch, we got off at Pekan Kongsi.
Here we strolled along this tiny town before deciding on lunch at Nasi Kandar Roundabout. We had an excellent round of Nasi Kandar, Brendan and I had rice with fried chicken while Cat settled on fried noodles. Together with a round of drinks our lunch came to RM25.70 (approximately USD/EUR6).
The weather was getting warmer, so I decided to get a haircut at the local barber, Sri Mun Barbershop. A young Indian gentleman attended to me and the haircut cost only RM13.00 (approximately USD/EUR3).
We walked out the barbershop and narrowly missed a Rapid Penang #401E bus. Another bus came along, the #502 bus but we were told it did not go to KOMTAR.
We eventually caught another Rapid Penang #401E bus some time later and again paid the fare of RM4.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.90). The bus ride took a little over an hour before arriving back at KOMTAR Bus Terminal. We got off and headed to the Maybank nearby to settle a banking matter, and then walked back to the hotel.
We will be going on yet another walkabout later in the evening, so please stay tuned.
Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/Sa3pp5NKAQgx5pij6
Komtar Bus Terminal - https://goo.gl/maps/kiMomEA7ye3HuNVU6
Pekan Kongsi - https://goo.gl/maps/qF6GYCAZXtLwyeq6A
Nasi Kandar Roundabout - https://goo.gl/maps/yJFsDQnnRd9kDLz97
Sri Mun Barbershop - https://goo.gl/maps/whiGjiVwKXQFrpEH8
We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.