RHK's annual Asia trip

Oct 29th, 2018, 02:15 PM
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Correction: Sipson Tandori--- It was excellent.
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Oct 31st, 2018, 04:13 AM
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Decent night's sleep at Hilton Garden Inn, Heathrow... 70. Btw, the inn is directly across the road from Sixt, making it very convenient, with a gas station next door.

Up at 5 cause I could not sleep... Breakfast at 6 and hotel departure by 6:45.

Rental car van to Terminal 2. Easy check in to Singapore Air. Asked for a free empty seat between us and was granted it. 12 hour flight to Singapore... not too bad, but tiring. In Sing. had to change terminals which was quite an issue--- won't do that again--- 6 hour wait and then a 1+ hour flight to Penang. Had a car service from Expedia (ATZ travel and tours) pick us up and take us the 30 min. ride to the E+O Hotel. ($35. round trip).

The new annexe is quite large, maybe 15 floors. Our suite is quite large with a great balcony overlooking the sea-- we are in 1018. Could not be nicer.
All rooms in this building come with lounge privledges. At 5 we went for cocktails and some nibbles one hour-- btw, not enough to make a dinner out of.

Mushroom potage for us from room service and an early night.
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Oct 31st, 2018, 08:13 PM
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Nice breakfast this AM after K finished her yoga session. Best egQgs I've had in years...

Benita- almost as nice as on island VN.

Bed last night at 9---12 hrs in bed.

Quiet day today, still recovering from travel.

The Air Asia flight yesterday was fine for what it was .

we will be in Penang for 5 nights. Hotel is lovely-- our room faces the ocean--- large room, huge bath. This wing opened in 2013. #1 on your list for Penang, for sure.

Like all of Asia Georgetown, Penang has changed a lot since we were last here--8-10 years ago.
Huge restoration projects of old "shop house" blocks and many hirise buildings... Lots of foreign business here--free port.
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Oct 31st, 2018, 08:38 PM
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Veranda of E and O

Breakfast at E and O
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Nov 1st, 2018, 05:11 AM
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Great photos! Brings back good memories of our trip and the E & O. So glad we can post photos here now! Have fun!
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Nov 1st, 2018, 03:27 PM
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Looking forward to reading more! Thanks for taking the time to write this on the go trip report.
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Nov 2nd, 2018, 01:12 AM
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Karen has spent some time at the pool and enjoys the new one on floor six of our building.

we are also enjoying the large lounge here. The food is good in all venues. Tonight we have hired a car and driver to take us out for some shopping and an Indian meal--$10/hr.

It is warm and humid here so I have stayed in the a/c since arrival. We have visited all the major sites on a previous trip here, so primarily we came here to fill a time gap and to enjoy this lovely hotel-- kathie sure was right about that.
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Nov 2nd, 2018, 05:25 AM
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Did some shopping at Sam's Batik, a great shop packed with Indian imports. She got 4-5 heavily embroidered cotton tops. I got 5 large cotton western style hankies-- I bought a bunch there 10 years ago and they are still like new. Will be perfect to line my coffin I guess.

After that we were driven around old parts of the city. We viewed magnificent English buildins from the colonial period, many shop house renovations and those still in decay. Traffic is 1000 times worse than 10 years ago. Parking is at a premium. Our driver pointed many of the noteworthy buildings.

We drove thru many clogged streets in Little India which is busy preparing for an upcoming Holliday.

We were dropped off for an hour at a "local" Indian Restaurant-- Karaikudi Restaurant which the driver suggested. Nothing fancy, but good reasonable eats---Heinekins, naan, rice, Dahl (best I've ever had), chicken tikka, prawn Marsala, brownie and ice cream served on a sizzling platter.

Back to the hotel. K is trying to upload pics, but having difficulty.

No plans for tomorrow.
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Nov 2nd, 2018, 05:27 AM
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Dinner was $19, car $44 incl tip.
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We love Penang and keep talking about returning. As you know the E&O is one of our favorite hotels. I look forward to staying in the new wing.
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Kathie: I do hope you will get to stay in the Victory Annexe. Remember we had this discussion of the Victory Annexe versus the traditional wing and I have been Victory Annexe since the beginning. Also, typo correction to 2014 instead of 2013 as it opened the year before my Dec 2014-Feb 2015 S.E. Asia trip.

Happy Travels!
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Waiting for a ride

Wall art

Street light in little India

Old shop house being renovated

Victorian clock tower

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Indian restaurant


NaN bread

Dessert...sizzling brownie

Street in little India
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Nov 2nd, 2018, 10:13 PM
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I see the top of the clock tower got chopped off when the photos down loaded. That is the prettiest part.. another quiet day by the pool
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Nov 3rd, 2018, 06:02 AM
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So it's Saturday and guess what??? We layed low again, except that K walked around our block and swam. We had lunch in the lounge and tonight had dinner downstairs at Sarkies with a cast of thousands.

It is a weekend and it is a holiday weekend at that. The place was full for a huge buffet, not our fav.
There was a great variety from oysters to roasted duck, to flan, etc. $40 each I think. Generally disappointed. I would say food here at the hotel ranks average. We have not been disappointed with the a la Carter menu in the lounge, however.

Surprise of the evening: sushi-- egg salad on rice wrapped in Nigri. Also, seaweed done up the same way.
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Fruit carvings

Duck at the roasting station

Egg salad sushi
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Nov 4th, 2018, 01:48 AM
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Note to wheelchair patrons: I was charged 33 Singapore dollars on Air Asia for the use of an airport wheelchair-- covers both ends of flight.
Scoot charged me $25.34 US for the same thing.
So this adds $50 to the cost of a r.t. Singapore to Penang
So much for discount airlines--I think the fare was only $100. r.t.
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Nov 4th, 2018, 03:59 AM
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Oh, boy, your report has me hankering to go back to Penang. I've not been there since a few trips in the 80s! The E&O certainly has come a long way since then. But from your pics, the city looks like it still retains lots of charm, despite the modernization.

Have fun......maximum shopping, eating and swimming..what could be bad!?
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Nov 4th, 2018, 04:50 AM
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Text lost, more tomorrow from Singapore--1 night stop, then Bangkok
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Nov 4th, 2018, 01:34 PM
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Haven't been here for a while but am following along now. Enjoyed the Malaysia portion and the always creative ways to fly to Asia. Congrats on the lifetime Marriott status - that is awesome. Karen - keep posting photos here. That is new to me. Good to see some long time Fodorites posting here - Guen, Kathie, Eks, etc but sad to not see some others that probably won't post due to their extremely divisive political views. Peter and Linda - hope we can connect sometime again in the future. Right now, we are dealing with updating a southeast US lake home which we closed on in July...
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Thank you for taking the time to post. I have never been to Penang. But it is interesting to read.
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