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After being away to study then work in Peninsular Malaysia for a decade, I have found myself starting to appreciate those little things we have in Sarawak.

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

After having relocated from Thailand back to Malaysia, for over half a year my life has been a constant cycle of going to work, coming back to sleep, and waiting for weekend to come. This isn’t the quality life in my dictionary, but there is business to be done.

I’m currently staying in the city center of the Penang island. To be honest, after having been to and settled at a few places over the past 12 years since coming to Peninsular Malaysia on my own (I feel like a nomad at times), after having experienced many things and met many people, nothing in the hustle and bustle of this island can excite me that much anymore.


To be fair, it isn’t that this island has nothing interesting to offer. Contrary to that, it has everything other Malaysian states probably fails to offer: from food to culture to art to shopping. But I’ve seen greater things somewhere else; I’ve also tasted food which I feel is more multi-dimensionally delicious, so my benchmark of what is good and what is just okay in this place maybe different from others.

So today, I decided to explore with my fiancé another area of Penang which is outside of the little island, and this hidden gem at North Seberang Perai, known as Frog Hill, just left us in awe!

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

I was told about this relatively less-known place by a student of mine. After looking at some pictures, I thought it would make an interesting place to explore, since it isn’t too far from where I stay and is said to resemble China’s Jiuzhaigou.

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

After some reading, I got to learn that the Frog Hill is also called Guar Petai, and it is an abandoned quarry located at a rural area in Tasek Gelugor.

Here is the map to Frog Fill or Guar Petai if you’re interested:

Alternately, you may want to also spend a few minutes to watch the following Youtube video – it teaches you how to go about this hidden gem in Tasek Gelugur:

Before you go check this place out, remember that although the views are super scenic, the weather can be scorching hot, so don’t forget to bring along a bottle of water to dehydrate your body.

For those who are scared of getting a sunburn, you may want to apply some sunblock before going. Also, a pair decent shoes will help since you will need to do a little bit of climbing to get to the top of the hill – not too long, probably just five minutes.

So below I will let the pictures do the talking:

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

Before I end  this entry, I just thought to provide an overview of the pros and cons of visiting the Frog Hill or Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, so that you will have a better expectation:


The pros: Scenic/Panoramic scenery with turquoise blue lakes, away from the hustle and bustle of city, zero entrance fee, spacious space to park your car.

The cons: Red laterite/dusty path leading to the site, scorching hot weather; rocky hill – can be slippery after a rain.

Train 46 Padang Besar to Bangkok: Everything You Need to Know

As some of you may have been aware, the International Express Train 36 from Butterworth to Bangkok is no longer continued beginning December 2, 2016.


Train 36 is now replaced by Train 46 from Padang Besar in the northern Malaysian state of Perlis all the way to Bangkok. Butterworth (Penang) and Padang Besar are now connected via the KTM Komuter shuttle service that operates quite a number of times daily between 5.30am and 12am (see table below).

Train 46 Padang Besar to Bangkok: Everything You Need to Know
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The service between Butterworth and Padang Besar normally takes less than 2 hours.

Last month, for the first time since the change of the said service I took Train 46 from Padang Besar to Chumphon. In comparison to Train 36, the new service is of course relatively less convenient for someone like me who takes off from Butterworth, as it now requires more travel time.

Read: Discontinued: Senandung Langkawi (Train No. 20) from KL to Hatyai

Train 46 departs from the Padang Besar KTM Train Station every evening and would arrive at Hua Lamphong in Bangkok at 10.10am Thai time the next day. Here are a few things you should take note of when taking this service:

  1. You can book the ticket either on Thairailwayticket.com, or over the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) counter inside the Padang Besar KTM Train Station. Pay in Baht for the latter service.
  2. Train 46 will depart from the Padang Besar KTM Train Station at 18:00 or 6pm Malaysian time. When purchasing the ticket over the SRT counter or through the SRT website however, it will tell you the departure time is at 17:00 or 5pm instead, because they are using the Thai time. So don’t be confused.
  3. If you are taking the KTM shuttle service from Butterworth to Padang Besar, I would recommend so that you DO NOT take any trip after the 12.25pm one. For reason see point #4.
  4. For the afternoon session of passport stamping, the Thai and Malaysian immigration counters will typically open around the same time at 3pm Malaysian time then close at 4.30pm depending on crowds. I cannot say the same for weekends. Whatever it is, always arrive earlier to avoid any inconvenience.
  5. At the Padang Besar KTM Train Station/Immigration Checkpoint, if you are travelling to Thailand from Malaysia, always get your passport stamped at the Malaysian immigration counter first before the Thai side. If coming from Thailand, then it would be the other way round.
  6. At the Padang Besar KTM Train Station, one can travel to Hatyai costing only 50 Baht per trip, provided he takes the train service either at 9.55am or 3.40pm Malaysian time. If one hops on Train 46 at 6pm just to get to Hatyai, it would cost him a staggering 280 Baht.

Well, that’s it for now! Will update again if anything new crops up.