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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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x The average starting price for a place to stay in Penang is £23 per night.

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Dream Catcher Travelers Refuge

No. 3, Lebuh Klang

Excellent 93%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £3 per night

28 Bahari

28, Jalan Sri Bahari George Town

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

The Frame Guesthouse

168, Chulia Street Georgetown

Excellent 92%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £5 per night

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel

62 Muntri Street Georgetown

Excellent 90%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £18 per night

Apollo Inn

7 Jalan Sungai Ujong Georgetown

Excellent 90%
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £15 per night

Malabar

No. 26-28 Lebuh Cintra

Excellent 90%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £10 per night

My Chew Jetty

59A, Chew Jetty, Weld Quay Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown

Excellent 90%
Budget From £18 per night

My Guesthouse 109 - Adults Only

109 Lebuh Melayu Georgetown

Excellent 90%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £14 per night

118 Hotel

29 Jalan Dato Keramat

Excellent 90%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £16 per night

Roomies Penang

76C -4 Jalan Batu Feringghi

Awesome 88%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £7 per night

Hotel Mingood

164 Argyll Road

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £9 per night
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.

ME.n.U Cafe'& Lodge

34 Stewart Lane 10200 George Town

Great 82%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £4 per night

Huttonlodge

No. 17 Jalan Hutton off Penang Road

Great 81%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £5 per night
aace77 Good points: 1) Location is good as it is near to the bus station and thus very accessible to all parts of the island. 2) Very clean 3) Breakfast is served promptly. Improvement points: 1) Room has to be aired as there was damp smell. 2) Will be good to provide mosquito net for each bed. 3) Will be good to provide cam and speaker for internet use.

Wassup Youth Hostel

495E,Penang Road

Great 81%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
Budget From £8 per night

Red Inn Court

35B & C , Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling Pitt Street

Great 80%
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.

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