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We arrived in Malaysia in Georgetown, on the island of Penang. There was few to no sights, and the sights there were were in a state of disrepair. We should have gone back to Thailand..

We arrived in Malaysia in Georgetown, on the island of Penang.  Yeah, that's a pretty odd first picture.  The first hotel we stayed in, Cathay Hotel, advertised in our guidebook as an "old romantic colonial" was a dive, complete with a brothel in the back, and a note handscrawled beside the mirror by some long-since departed guest: "Do not leave anything of value in this room, it <b>will</b> be stolen by the staff".  Nice. So we moved on to the next highest rated hotel in our guidebook, the Olive Spring Hotel, where we got this photo of the floorboard.  There was holes everywhere that went right through to the lower floors.  The walls in our room didn't go all the way to the top, it was more like a "cubicle".  At night, some unseen animal ate a chocolate bar that we had left (unopened) on the bedside table.  In most countries, this building would have been condemned.  Anyways... enough whining, the sights must make up for it, right? We visited the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple.  This is a picture of the entry to Sima Hall. After what we saw in Thailand, this place just didn't measure up. Inside the Burmese Temple Dharmikarama. The street leading up to the Khoo Kongsi (Kongsi Clan House).  Notice how beautifully maintained the area is.  Notice the crushing throng of tourists.  Notice this caption's sarcasm.  However, there was a man sitting in that chair who, seeing us trying to take a photo, got up and moved out of the shot.  Malays are incredibly kind, we just didn't really enjoy their country. Khoo Kongsi (Kongsi Clan House).  Detail work in Khoo Kongsi. Wendy's favourite spot in any town was always the food market, with hanging carcasses of some unknown animal.  The Yap Temple.  It sounded so exotic in the book, then we got there and we're like "Are we here? Damn." Inside an Indian temple.  There is a large Indian community in Georgetown. Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple).  Fake paper money is burnt as a ritual for good luck and granting of wishes.  We obviously didn't burn enough, since we were still in Malaysia. Burning fake money. Notice the sign - they love all things American. On our approach to the Kek Lok Si Temple (Pagoda of 10000 Buddhas, which is apparently 10000 more then they had the money to keep up/clean). This is the giant bronze statue of Kuan Yin we saw from the top of the temple. Just out of frame is yet another tourist stand selling the same trinkets we've seen world over.  Right in the middle of their temple.  Nice. This was pretty typical of our experience in Penang.  Half way up the 7-tier Kek Lok Si Temple (The Pagoda of 10000 Buddhas) , we found this mess.  It looked like they'd started renovation on it years ago and had just given up.  It was around this time that we gave up and headed for the mall. Inside the big shopping mall in Komtar, which is a big tall modern building in the middle of the city. I already checked, the domain doesn't exist.  :) On a bus, on our way out of Georgetown towards the East coast of Malaysia.