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Penang

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.

Chulia (George Town)

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.

Love Lane

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.

Batu Ferringhi

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

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Roomies Penang

76C -4 Jalan Batu Feringghi

Outstanding 96%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £5 per night

House of Journey

45, 47 Lorong Sek Chuan st

Excellent 94%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £6 per night

Clockwise Hostel

75 Lorong Stewart Georgetown

Excellent 93%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £5 per night

The 80's Guesthouse

46, Love Lane Georgetown

Excellent 93%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £6 per night

Tofu Cafe Beds & Bikes

484, Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street), George Town,

Excellent 93%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £10 per night

Syok @ Chulia Hostel

458 Chulia Street

Excellent 92%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £8 per night

Heritage Sixteen

16 Lebuh Cranarvon Georgetown

Excellent 90%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
Budget From £14 per night

Red Inn Court

35B & C , Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling Pitt Street

Awesome 89%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £5 per night
s_karttunen The personnel was really kind and helpful, ( let me sleep on quiet place before my check in was due), breakfast and rooms nice as well as the whole design. I really recommend this place to everybody.

Couzi Couji

84, Lebuh Gereja George Town

Awesome 89%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £4 per night

Roommates Penang

17 B, Lorong Chulia

Awesome 88%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £6 per night

LazyBoys TraveLodge

392 Jalan Batu Ferringhi

Awesome 87%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £4 per night

Malabar

No. 26-28 Lebuh Cintra

Awesome 87%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £6 per night

Chulia Heritage Hotel

No.380, Chulia Street Georgetown

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £8 per night

Kimberley House

No.59, Kimberley Street

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
Budget From £5 per night

Old Penang GuestHouse

53, Love Lane, Georgetown

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £5 per night
Ahila I stayed for a night at the Old Penang Guesthouse and it was one of the memorable experiences of my travel in Malaysia. The little guesthouse is an interesting, old place with a lot of guests from all over the world so it is a great place for interaction. The rooms are basic but comfortable. I stayed in Room 10 which had wooden floors and ceiling to floor shutters overlooking the street which was really lovely. It felt like being in a school hostel as there were strict rules to follow such as no shoes to be worn upstairs, make your own breakfast and clean up your breakfast table yourself etc. but the place has a lot of character that makes it worthwhile to stay there despite the rules.

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