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Snake Temple in Penang

Snake temple

Relaxing at the beach, Diamond Factory, Snake Temple and fishing village
1 January

We began our day at the hotel beach after the breakfast. The weather was windy and sky was a bit cloudy. Just relaxing was perfect with that weather. We just played catching the coins in the pool, ping-pong at the shore of the ocean and some of us read the books.

At the lunchtime we visited the Mini-Market cross the street from our hotel and even there the food was excellent, although even cheaper we have had so far. We ordered famous Tom Yam soup, this was really hot.

Having had a good lunch, minivan waited us to go to explore the island again. We still had several things to see and explore.

We started with a Diamond Factory. As it was Saturday, the factory itself was closed, but shop was opened. The jewelry sold there was very beautiful and the diamonds shined perfectly. This was a chance for ladies to try on the most expensive rings. We also heard that a day before there were also Estonians an they have bought jewelry.

After the diamond factory we visited Snake Temple. The legend told that at the time when they started to build that temple a lot of snakes came to that place and habituated the place. The temple is dedicated to Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist priest and healer, it was built in 1850. At the time the temple was built, it was in the middle of the rainforest, now it is at the noisy street. The admission to the temple (and all the others) is technically free, but donations are expected. Inside the temple we also saw snakes lying in different places. They were well hided, so that at first we did not notice them.

Fisherman in MalaysiaAs we also wanted to see, how the real life in Penang looks like, the driver took us next to the fishing village. This really was real, what we saw there. Here we also saw some damage made by tsunami, but it seemed the life was already back to normal - men looked after fishing nets, children running and laughing, etc We also decided to have famous Penang Laksa in the village restaurant. Laksa was tasteful. Here we also had the smallest restaurant bill - 15 ringgits for 8 people. Okey, this included one Laksa and drinks for everybody. We made several pictures of village life. It seemed that locals like then you take pictures of them.

At that evening we had a dinner in Georgetown. We found a good Chinese restaurant May Garden Palace and again the meal was delicious and bill small - about 300 ringgits for 8 people.