Archive for the 'Penang' Category

Aug 21 2013

Batu Ferringhi, Penang, on the cheap

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Large resort hotels don’t have the best reputations among independent travellers in Southeast Asia. Hogging great lengths of shoreline, and unleashing hordes of package tourists on erstwhile unspoilt beaches, many would prefer to avoid these over-priced, under-sensitive developments. However, when it comes to Batu Ferringhi in Penang, the beach is now so dominated by resorts … read the full post

Aug 17 2013

The Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

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Money to burn, from the bank of Hell.

If you’re in Penang and feel like you’re being watched as you tuck into your bowl of asam laksa or char koay teow, you might just be right. The seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar is known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the gates of the underworld are opened and a whole host … read the full post

Aug 07 2013

Penang’s Little India

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One of the joys of Georgetown is that you never quite know what to expect next. A walk down Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang’s ‘Street of Harmony’, allows visitors to appreciate the wealth of different cultural and architectural influences that make up this town. Within a matter of minutes you are transported from the colonial … read the full post

Jul 29 2013

Free things to do on Penang

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Penang's beaches may not be the best in the region, but Turtle Beach in the National Park ain't half bad.

Let’s face it: budgeting while you’re travelling can become really tedious. There are times when you just want to let loose, forget about that dwindling current account or mounting credit card bill, and splurge. But what happens if an expensive diving course or a few-too-many all-night benders have left your wallet a bit light when … read the full post

Jul 19 2013

A taste of Ramadan in Penang

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Stalls piled high with deep fried Indian snacks are quickly depleted when the day's fast ends.

The holy month of Ramadan may not seem like the most obvious time to enjoy traditional Malay food but every evening, once the daylight hours of abstinence and spiritual reflection are over, Penang’s Muslims gather at Ramadan bazaars across the island to break the fast and spend quality time with family and friends. Georgetown’s Muslim … read the full post

Jul 05 2013

Review: Mugshot Cafe and Rainforest Bakery, Penang

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The Mugshot Cafe has quickly become the hang-out of choice for young Penangites and expats.

With so much excellent local food on offer, you will never go hungry in Penang. However, if your belly is begging for bread and baked goods after all those noodle and rice dishes, it is useful to know where to go, and the Rainforest Bakery in Georgetown will definitely quell your cravings. Stacked full of … 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

Jun 20 2013

Review: Tree Monkey, Penang

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A restaurant with a view.

Finding a restaurant that serves great food at reasonable prices is never going to be a problem in Penang. However, if you want to add ambience and sea views into the equation, the island offers few options — and this makes it all the more worthwhile to seek out one of Penang’s most romantic and … read the full post

Jun 12 2013

Jungle trekking in Penang

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The view over the lake to the beach and sea beyond.

As one of the Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, Penang lays claim to a number of ‘best-in-the-country’ accolades, including tastiest food, most beautiful clan houses and largest Bhuddist temple. It also boasts Malaysia’s smallest national park, and although that may not sound like anything to brag about, a trek through this beautiful rainforest reserve is, … read the full post

Jun 05 2013

Review: Syok @ Chulia, Penang

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The owners have thought of everything in the spacious first-floor communal area.

Move over, rundown hostels of Georgetown: there’s a new boy in town. It is not often you walk into a backpacker hostel and feel like you could be in a trendy boutique hotel, but Syok @ Chulia will challenge your conceptions about flashpacker accommodation and it is no exaggeration to say that it sets a … read the full post

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