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Penang - Pearl of the Orient

18 Oct 2006  My wife and I travel extensively in Asia and have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Penang. The people were friendly, hotel staff caring, food excellent and the shopping great (just ask my wife).
4.0 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

Penang is a great place to visit, as a couple or a family. It is relatively cheap, has excellent restaurants, shopping malls and many intersting sights to see. Go and enjoy.

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  • 1. Northam All Suite

    This hotel is located in Georgetown with sweeping views of the ocean. Batu Ferenghi is about 30 minutes away but this hotel offers affordable, stylish and comfortable accommodation close by to all the amenities.

  • 2. Penang Hill

    One of the highlights of visiting Penang was the Fenuncular Railway from the bottom of the hill to the top. The difference in temperature and humidity is quite surprising and the sightseeing attractions once you reach the top are very interesting, especially the hotel with the snakes residing in the vegetation above the patio. My wife and I met some very interesting people on this trip, one of whom had been in Penang 50 years before as a young RAF member. Well worth the effort to see.

  • 3. Shopping in Penang

    Shopping in Penang is an experience to behold with a broad range of shopping precincts catering for every taste and budget.

    For the best in designer goods I strongly recommend the Plaza Gurney. This is the latest shopping centre to be built in Penang and has a large range of designer goods and up-market stores for the fastidious buyer. There are lots of small shops with exquisite goods ranging from sunglasses through to brand name dresses and accessories. It also has a range of restaurants that cater for every taste. I had to drag my wife away before my credit card melted.

    The Komtar is another shopping precinct and is somewhat like "Lucky Plaza" in Singapore. It has a range of interesting stores but be prepared to be hassled by shop keepers. All in all it was a good place to go and get items at a good price.

    1 - Stop is the shopping centre where the local people tend to shop but don't be put off by that, it is a fascinating and inexpensive place to shop. We found the "death shops" interesting. These are shops that sell paper replicas of materialistic items that are burnt on the funeral pyre when someone dies so that the person will be comfortable in the after life.

    China town was also an interesting place to visit and is a great place to get electronic gear at a very good price as well as tailor made clothing. I purchased 2 x portable DVD players for MYR250 each and several pairs of trousers for less than MYR50 which I thought was a good deal.