Mounted our trusty Sri Maja steed at the Jalan Bendahara bus station 15 mins prior to departure for George Town via Butterworth (the recommended route).
The trip was uneventful and the bus and the road was super smooth. The just over 2 hour trip was interrupted by a comfort stop half way there. We were surprised to see about half the bus dismount to use the facilities. This may be because the bus station we departed from only had Elephant Foot Toilets or their bladders were weak. We will never know.
Dismounted at Butterworth and followed the crowd across a railway overbridge and along lots of well signed covered walkways to the ferry. A word of warning. We chose to just take carry on bags with us but it was still a physical effort to climb all the steps to the ferry. Anyone not physically fit would not be able to make it. Interestingly at the bottom of the railway overpass were several wheel chairs awaiting the wounded!
The ferry trip was great as we mingled with the cars on the same deck as the people. Georgetown was obscured by pollution but we still got some good pics. We would advise the elderly and infirm (and those younger souls with heavy cases) to take a bus to Georgetown to book to the Sungi Nibong bus terminal in Penang and Taxi to their hotel as it might well save a trip to A&E at the local hospital.
We are staying at the Armenian Street Heritage Hotel. Take heritage in this case to mean old and tired! Stained bath mat, chair etc. met our gaze. This was reminiscent of a Government run Hotel we stayed in while in Calcutta India where even the breakfast waiters white jackets were stained (but clean). There are many other things including that the mock timber floor has a coating of something (could be palm oil) that makes negotiating it akin to ice skating. It also leaves a nasty stain on bare feet. We have 2 mugs and had to buy our own coffee. No spoons supplied so we had to buy 12 in a pack at a supermarket to stir our coffee. Other than the above and a few other things the hotel is OK. The room is spacious and quiet apart from motorbikes on the road outside roaring along at all hours, the sound transmitted to us via ill-fitting windows. How we wish our nest egg was bigger!
Will explore Old Town in the morning.