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Stories and Tips Penang

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Penang: Home of the Best Coffee in the World

Written by alias843 on 07 Apr, 2010

We arrived in Georgetown by ferry. Practically this meant that the cool sea breeze obscured the fact that the city was a broiler. So when we arrived at the ferry terminal we decided we'd rather walk to our hotel. It was only…Read More

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Penang, Multicultural Melange of the tropics

Written by Richard Cain on 25 Jan, 2006

The last time I was visited Penang Island was in 1989, on my first backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. Returning in 2005, I was a bit concerned that the charming old town of Georgetown might have been bulldozed in line with the headlong development in…Read More

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As exotic as it gets

Written by phileasfogg on 22 Feb, 2004

Penang, say the guidebooks, is the Pearl of the Orient. Never mind that the tourist boards of every other city (or country, for that matter) east of the Suez say the same -- Hong Kong, Philippines, Goa, Sri Lanka. But this is the real McCoy.…Read More

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Gurney Drive and surrounds: Eat till you drop!

Written by Composthp on 29 May, 2005

Gurney Drive is the "food mecca" of Penang. Well-known to locals and tourists for inexpensive and delicious food, it comes alive after sundown every day, without fail, and stays open till the wee hours of the morning. Here, you can try every imaginable delight that…Read More


Written by jane flockhart on 08 Mar, 2006

With a spirit of adventure, I arrived at Penang airport. Following the quiet voice of intuition I did not pre-book a hotel, instead I waited patiently until the airport had housed, taxied, and shuttled off all the other tourists, businessmen, and families enjoying the Malaysian…Read More

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The Little India of Georgetown, Penang

Written by almy on 22 Oct, 2005

Not many visitors and tourists to Georgetown's famous Little India enclave know that the area's name was adopted by the local authorities only nine years ago. But whatever it is named, visitors hardly fail to sense the remarkable nostalgic charm and almost innocent simplicity of…Read More

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Pantai Kerachut, the unspoiled beach of Penang Island

Written by janeyee on 08 Nov, 2004

Pantai Kerachut is located at the northwest of Penang Island, unspoiled and not known to that many people; therefore, it is a great place for a serene day out at a beach. Pantai means "beach" in Malay language, by the way. It is one of…Read More

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Air Itam - Kek Lok Si & Penang Hill

Written by shammiyap on 08 Nov, 2003

In order to save time, you should visit these two places on the same day, as they are adjacent to each other. Take MPPP bus no.1 from KOMTAR Bus Station and stop at the end of its run at Air Itam village. You will see a…Read More

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Diamond in the Rough indeed!

Written by Morbius on 16 Jan, 2004

We spent a total of five weeks in and around Penang. The beautiful island of Penang used to be bustling with tourists from all over the world. The beach resorts, we were told, were overflowing with festivities and events to keep the hordes of tourists…Read More

A Brief Note on the History of the Chinese in Penang

Written by phileasfogg on 19 Oct, 2002

Penang must surely rank as one of South East Asia’s most interesting- and most vividly diverse- places. Wandering through the island, you find a new side of it at every turn- the almost European look of the villas on Lebuh Light, complete with wrought iron…Read More

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