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This is about my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Cambodia. The first part is pre-trip - information about flights, itineraries, accommodation and all the things that you need to do to plan an overseas holiday. This is my first trip to Asia and I hope it may help others. Comments are very welcome and anyone who has travelled to Malaysia and/or Cambodia, please feel free to comment and offer any advice or tips that you think would be helpful. As of today ( 28th February) , in exactly 11 days (minus 30 minutes) I will be in Kuala Lumpur.

I had the most amazing time and hope you enjoy reading about my trip. Each post is numbered and I'm doing them in order from start to finish - a little like a diary.



75. Hard Rock Hotel at Batu Ferringhi

The Hard Rock Hotel
Out the front in large letters are the words, "Welcome back my friends, the show that never ends..." ELP
I had always wanted to go to a Hard Rock Hotel and now I was able to ~ and I wasn't disappointed, it was a great place.

Above: Hard Rock Hotel Penang
There are only three Hard Rock Hotels in Asia - Penang, Bali and Pattaya. The first Hard Rock Hotel in Malaysia, opened its doors on 19 September, 2009 at Batu Ferringhi, Penang and features a modern structural design with a rockin’ edge and memorabilia from rock stars around the world.

Above: Giant Hard Rock Guitar
This magnificent 18-foot guitar, a signature icon that can be found in most Hard Rocks around the world is located right in front of the lobby entrance. The giant guitar is what defines Hard Rock.
In addition to this predominant guitar feature, both the Hotel and Cafe are filled with over 500 pieces of rock memorabilia from all over the world, from contemporary to classic, as seen in all the Hard Rocks around the world.

The General Manager for Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Mr John Primmer said, “The Hard Rock culture is about being irreverent and living for the moment, so you can expect Hard Rock Hotel Penang to offer an experience that abounds with limitless energy, unparalleled creativity and quality service … very different from the typical sun, sand and sea vacation.”

Above: Entrance sign
The hotel boasts 249 rooms and suites with views of the hill and sea. There are five food and beverage outlets, including the famous Hard Rock Cafe which serves authentic American food, Starz Diner, an all-day dining restaurant featuring Asian and International Cuisine and the Pizzeria by the poolside.

Above: Gold disco lights
As I entered the hotel, I was fascinated with the ever-changing colour of this luminous beading.

Above: Disco lights collage
I tried to snap some photos of the different colours, sometimes they changed so quickly it was hard to hold the camera steady.

Above: The Fab Four ~ The Beatles
As you enter the trendy Hard Rock Hotel, you're greeted by music (loud and energetic) and four busts made of bronze, representing the Beatles.

Above: John, Paul, George and Ringo

Above: John Entwistle's guitar
This limited edition "Tommy" fender precision bass guitar is one of six designed by John Entwistle. He played this bass during many stage performances while on tour with The Who.

John Entwistle was the bass guitarist for the rock band The Who and has been described as "the greatest bassist in the history of rock". Born on the 9th October 1944 in Chiswick, a London suburb, he died on 27th June 2002 in room 658 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Rock Shop
The Rock Shop at the Hard Rock has an assortment of souvenirs ~ city-specific merchandise ~ caps, t-shirts, keychains and pins. Tee shirts and collectible pins are hot commodities at the Rock Shop. One of a kind Rock T Shirts designed by artists like Jon Bon Jovi, Green Day and Shakira make Hard Rock tee shirts top shelf items. I would love to have bought a t-shirt with the words "Hard Rock Hotel Penang" emblazoned on the front, but alas, they don't come in my size.

Above: Souvenirs
I was considering purchasing a cap, but settled for a jewellery pin instead. Costing 45MYR and of a red guitar, I was pleased with my purchase. That said, I regret not buying a cap as well even though they were a bit pricey. However, I'll be in Thailand in four months, so I'll whizz down to Pattaya for a day trip and visit the Hard Rock Hotel there and buy me a hat.

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