Taken from Lauren's diary of our trip to South East Asia
We got up at 5.15am. Checked out, and the hotel bus left us at the train station. We got on the Bangkok-Butterworth Express (it didn't actually go very fast). We passed through Customs & Imigration and the Malaysian border and arrived at Butterworth. The Eastern & Oriental Express was there. We got a ferry to Penang and a taxi to our hotel, the Cititel. It's nice. We have a good view over the Melaka Straits from our 11th floor room. We walked to the Komtar centre where we ate at McDonalds and sent some e-mails. It was very hot in Penang today. Back to the hotel, showered and washed some clothes. We had some dinner in the restaurant in the hotel (next to the exclusive "Foo Ling Men" restaurant).