Archive for the 'Penang' Category

Jan 11 2014

What is the best time of year to visit Penang?

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When it comes to visiting Penang, there are plenty of reasons why the island should be included on a Southeast Asian sojourn, but determining when to come is perhaps a little more difficult. The weather, the tourist season and the local festivals can all have a big impact on how much you enjoy your experience … read the full post

Jan 02 2014

How long should you spend on Penang?

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As one of the major settlements in peninsular Malaysia, there is more to do on Penang than your average small island. Georgetown’s fascinating fusion culture and architecture draw hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, while many make the pilgrimage to the country’s ‘food capital’ simply in order to stuff themselves with the huge variety … read the full post

Jun 27 2013

Arriving in Penang

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Even if Penang Bridge isn't quite as long as some sources boast, it still provides a real sense of having 'arrived' on the island.

As an island, Penang is not the most easily accessible place in Malaysia and however you choose to travel over from the mainland, you will first have to negotiate several kilometres of the Malacca Straits. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to make the trip so here’s a rundown to help you plan … read the full post

May 15 2013

Buses in Penang

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Bus numbers and route details are displayed electronically and in the old-fashioned way.

It would be fair to say that Penang is not known for the efficiency or convenience of its transport, and if you want to venture out of central Georgetown, it’s not quite as easy as jumping in the nearest rickshaw. Car taxis are expensive relative to the cost of living, and unlike other Southeast Asian … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

Taxis in Penang

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Despite what the sticker says, you will have to haggle for your Penang taxi

Across Southeast Asia, bargaining with taxi drivers is often a necessary part of the travelling experience, and can range from being mildly annoying to severely inconvenient. So imagine your relief when you arrive in Penang and find ‘THIS IS A METERED TAXI. HAGGLING IS PROHIBITED’ plastered all over the sides of the red-and-white taxis. Easy, … read the full post