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Looking for the best kept secret in South East Asia? You've found it; Penang, an island off the west coast of northern Malaysia, probably has the best food in world!
Blending Malaysian, Thai, Indian, Chinese with old colonial cooking has made Penang a must for food lovers. Add to this a wide range of great value for money budget accommodation that's available alongside wonderful colonial streets, nearby beaches, and several fascinating tourist sights. Aside from cheap flights there are also easy scenic train links that lead from Penang all the way to Bangkok in Thailand or South through Malaysia into Singapore. You simply can't go wrong with a stay in Penang.
A budget savvy traveller's best choice for finding bargain rooms while having access to the rest of Penang's capital Georgetown. Chulia street is an easy 10 minute walk from the ferry / train station which links to the mainland. Or you can simply hop on one of the many air-conditioned buses that run along it to make the trip a cooler one. From your hotel on Chulia street you'll have easy access to all of Georgetown either on foot or again by taking advantage of the excellent bus service. Indeed one can literally step out of your hotel on Chulia and grab a bus directly to the magnificent Kek Lok Si / Temple of Supreme Bliss which is only a 40 minute ride away.
Just off Chulia Street is Love Lane which has long been the budget travellers' must go street in Georgetown, Penang. Rumoured to have obtained the name "Love Lane" due to once being a site of popular brothels, times have changed and Love Lane is now just a hot bed of reputable budget accommodation. Love Lane also links Chulia Street to popular tourist sights such as Fort Cornwallis, Georgetown museum and the nearby Blue Mansion. A stay here is a sure way to meet other travellers, whether from your hotel or along the neighbouring streets in the evening when the great food stalls open up.
This is Penang's beach front area where there's a host of resorts and condominiums. While the sea water may not be the best for swimming the views here are nice. Many locals from this side of Malaysia come to Batu Ferringhi for beach-side picnics, horseback riding and in the evenings for hawker stalls that set up along the shore. Reached via the 101 bus that runs to Weld Quay bus station which in turn has stops all across the main attractions in George Town, Penang.
For more information about Penang, have a look at the Travellerspoint guide
x The average starting price for a place to stay in Penang is £31 per night.
62 Muntri Street GeorgetownExcellent 90%
211, Jalan Macalister GeorgetownAwesome 89%
raj_coogan This was what I faced when I was trying to check in :- I couldn't park my car in the car park as it was full. It's used by all the people visiting or taking part in the YMCA activities.The parking attendant just waved his hands and didn't offer any help or suggestions even though I told him I already had a reservation. After driving out of the car park, I couldn't get back to the reception desk because of the one-way street in front of the YMCA and so I had to drive a big loop before I could approach the YMCA building again.
164 Argyll RoadAwesome 86%
nome2 I spent 2 nights at the Hotel Mingood, and found it entirely suitable for my needs - in easy walking distance to all places of interest to me. Check-in was available on arrival - (in my case about 6.30 am) - and so was my room, which was very spacious, clean and comfortable. Check-in staff was generally helpful and friendly. Included in the room-price is a comprehensively adequate breakfast available on the Hotel's roof-garden area; 'extra' cooked courses are reasonably-priced. I would certainly choose the Mingood on any future stay in Penang.
nicoline.z The guesthouse is very simple. Bed and table in the room. Two shared bathrooms with toilet, shower and sink in each. Kept clean. You don't have a view of the beach, but you couldn't be closer and the bus stops really convenient. Lovely location. Only thing was the mosque next door called people to prayer at 5h45 for 30 minutes.
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