I loved Naomi’s tips on travelling to Bintan with her kids that I decided I should document our trips too, for fellow travel bugs!
Last September, we decided to go for a little family holiday, partly to celebrate our wedding anniversary (our fifth!). And because Mr Thick and I are foodies, we decided to pop over to Penang for a quick holiday to check out its cuisine.
Initially, we toyed with the idea of leaving Aidan behind with my mum. But when we tried to have him stay over with Por Por one night while we headed out for some Formula One action, he was a blubbering mess. So that plan went out of the window and he came along with us.
Where we stayed
I was fortunate enough to know wonderful folks via social media and I reached out to one of the lovely ladies I knew on Twitter/Instagram for recommendations. She suggested staying at G Hotel as it was located very conveniently within Penang.
And what a great recommendation it was! The hotel is situated right in front of the coastline so we had a very nice view of the sea. It also sits next to a couple of shopping malls so we were able to stock up on groceries and food for the little man.
We were also lucky enough to be bumped up to a suite, which meant that we could put Aidan down for the night at 830/9pm and still enjoy each other’s company. A bottle of vino may or may not have been consumed.
On the suggestion of his clients, who are based in Penang, husband decided to rent a car. If you intend to travel freely within the city centre with kids, then a car would make perfect sense. We were able to load up our Uppababy Vista in the car and it was a godsend on those days when we were exploring Georgetown and the kid had to nap.
We mostly relied on the iPhone app Waze to help us get around. Do note that Penang drivers tend to be more haphazard in their driving though, to Singaporeans who are used to keeping to their lanes. Peak hour traffic can get a little mad so it takes an experienced driver to navigate the busy roads.
The streets of Georgetown are also very stroller-friendly and we had no problems wheeling our monster of a stroller around.
Other than mural hunting and food chasing, we didn’t do much in the three days that we had. The hotel had a lovely pool, which we indulged in when we were tired from all that walking. We didn’t have much time to head to the beach either, although I have heard good things about it.
Oh, fellow shutterbugs should check out The Camera Museum. We had a great time there and the guided tour was most useful.
Ah, glorious food! We ate so much when we were there. The adults, that is.
At that time, Aidan was only 18 months old and we were still pretty strict about his diet. That’s right, no char kway teow or assam laksa for him! Whenever we could, we would order simple dishes like rice, fried egg and tofu/vegetable soup for him. We also packed along nibbles like bread and organic fruit snack bars. In the mornings, we made sure that he had a big, full breakfast and then we fed him yogurt, milk and fruit in the evenings before bedtime.
Do note that most of the the kopitiams that we went to did not have high chairs and may not have the space to hold a stroller. So that means, you need to find a way to contain your child (assuming it’s a super active toddler like ours) while scoffing down that bowl of laksa. We relied mainly on toys and tag teaming, phew.
Honestly, Penang was pretty manageable with a toddler in tow. Maybe we’d head to a beach resort there for our next trip!