The island of Penang is a favourite destination for the R@SKLs. We’ve gone there annually since 2016 for the Campaign For A Lane (CFAL) rides, and have always done at least one other ride on the island during those weekends.
Penang has one of the longest histories of the cities and towns in Malaysia. It was founded in 1786 upon the establishment of George Town by Francis Light. Penang formed part of the Straits Settlements in 1826, which became a British crown colony in 1867.
We always stay at the Tien Hotel, which belongs to one of the R@SKLS.
Cyclists in residence.
Some of the sights in Penang are temples. The Kek Lok Si temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
The temple grounds house a towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy.
There is a garden.
The Snake Temple is another well-known Chinese temple.
Also called the Temple of the Azure Cloud, the temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers.
Penang is noted for its many murals and wall paintings. This one is outside the Snake Temple.
Others are scattered around Gorge Town, the capital of Penang.
Also in George Town is Penang City Hall, which was completed in 1903. One of the many colonial buildings left behind by the British.
This is a much more modern mosque with a CFAL participant riding a bicycle invented well before the Penang City Hall was built.
Tourists visit Penang for its beaches as well.
The R@SKLs had a beach party one year.
One of the first sights on the ride south out of George Town is the Penang Bridge.
The CFAL rides raise money for the construction of bicycle paths and other cycling facilities on the island. This spiral pedestrian and cyclist’s bridge for example.
Once out of George Town the roads are quiet.
The view from the top of the climb.
This is Teluk Bahang reservoir.
A visit to Penang would not be complete without sampling the local food. These are all examples of hawker fare.
These are traditional Baba-Nyonya cakes. The Baba-Nyonya are a sub-ethnic group that resulted from the intermarriage between Chinese settlers and their Malay, Thai and Javanese predecessors in the region. This contributed to the emergence of a distinctive hybrid culture.
The R@SKLs are planning a trip back to Penang as soon a semblance of normalcy returns.