Of course, in Malaysia, because as soon as we set foot outside this country there is little chance that we can go back. Or you have to choose to stay for two weeks in a quarantined hotel where three times a day a plate of rice is put in front of your door. We decided to take the train to the island of Penang. This was Jeroen’s first time, so I could take my tour guide role again, I have missed it lately. Wednesday afternoon the train left from KL Sentral. This is the largest station in Malaysia, and from here trains depart to the north and south of the country, but also the airport. Over the station, they continuously call out that you have to keep at least a meter distance from each other and have your mask on.
Ferry to Georgetown
The mask is not a problem, you see everyone walking with it. Keeping your distance seems a little harder. There was quite a queue at check-in in front of the train and keeping one-meter distance? No chance, of course, but in the train itself, everything worked fine. Four hours later, with that mask on it gets quite warm, we arrived in Butterworth. This is a town on the west side of Malaysia, and from here the ferry leaves in 15 minutes to Georgetown, Penang. Ideal, because from the ferry it was a five-minute walk to our hotel ‘The Prestige’.
Hotel The Prestige
Arriving at the hotel everything was very well arranged! You were checked on the temperature before you entered the hotel. Also, the hotel rooms were only cleaned on request, so the cleaning lady did not come into contact with several guests. Besides, you had to keep your mask on everywhere in the hotel, except when you were served breakfast. And you chose your breakfast via your mobile phone. You only had to scan the QR code that you sent to the menu. Worked fine! This new hotel is spotless, has a good breakfast, a nice swimming pool, and a perfect location in the middle of Georgetown!