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“Aussies Beware”
Review of Penang

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South Australia
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
56 helpful votes
“Aussies Beware”
Reviewed 27 September 2010

Just come back from an excellent holiday in Penang.
However - we bought some coffee at the Coffee and Chocolate shop on the outskirts of Georgetown. Although it is a similar product to what we buy in Australia it WILL BE confiscated at Customs. (Despite what they tell you)

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Brisbane
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
6 helpful votes
“Review - Penang, Batu Ferringhi and 1 day in KL”
Reviewed 26 September 2010

Hi all
Firstly, thank you to all who have been contributing to the forums. I used the info provided by you to plan my holiday. I hope my review may benefit others. I’ll try to keep this short and not to repeat info already posted – mmm!
Flew Air Asia to KL from Gold Coast – 2 adults, 2 children. Flight good. Web check in at home 48 hours before allowed us to avoid queues and go straight to baggage drop off. Had ordered meal online when booked ticket. Make sure you have boarding pass as they will ask for it when giving out pre-ordered meals also have on hand low denominations of ringgit to make any other food transactions smoother. Was surprised that meal was delivered only approx 1 hour into flight. However, additional refreshments not that expensive – hot dog RM9, Cheezy pizza RM7, 2 donuts RM8, noodles, chocolates, nuts, chips, soft drinks between RM 4-6. Arrived KL – booked taxi at counter RM103. Stayed 2 nights Royal Chulan great value for a 5 star. If booking be sure to include breakfast - booked direct on line. Hotel is new and does not appear on some accommodation sites. Excellent hotel – definitely recommend – great position walking distance to Pavilion, Times Square Sungai Wang and close to Petronas Towers. Visited the Petailing Street markets China Town that night. Next day CK picked us up at 9:00am for a day tour. (He sends his regards Caroline!) We visited the Batu Caves 272 steps very steep consideration if you are unfit, photos with iguana & pythons onto the aboriginal museum then deer park and elephant sanctuary returned to hotel 5pm .The elephant trip was a highlight for us all – you really had the opportunity to interact with them. CK was very helpful and I will definitely be doing the firefly tour and Bukit Melawati Monkey Hill trip on our next visit to KL. CK’s contact jqsk2004@yahoo.com. Again onto the night markets. Next day flight to Penang – CK drove to airport RM100. Quick 50 minute flight arrived Penang – booked taxi at counter approx RM60. Stayed at Holiday Inn Batu Ferringhi. Used a travel agent to book as being a wholesaler they got it cheaper than I could by contacting them direct. Suited our purposes, good location, stayed in kids suite beach side – the kids suites have a sectioned off area for the children which included their own desk, TV, Disney channel and play station. Bunk beds with a trundle under bottom bunk if required. Standard rectangular pool with additional children’s pool. Kids club – didn’t use. We did not include breakfast when booking – however if you would like breakfast book at reception – cheaper than just turning up to restaurant. We went to a Fish Spa - 300m from Holiday Inn towards Golden Sands resort – Marine Fish Spa – RM30 for adult 1/2 hour and RM15 for children absolutely cried with laughter for the first two minutes until I became accustomed to at least 50 fish nibbling on my feet.
We booked a driver for a 4 hour trip – cost was RM100 - 2 adults and 2 children. Thank you to one of the Trip Advisor contributors for the drivers details - Small shop between a tailor shop and a convenience shop.- No. 76-C-1 Batu Ferringhi, opposite the Park Royal.
We visited the Botanical Gardens again we were in hysterical laughter as the monkeys approached us for food – I ensured that my husband (the alpha male of the group – well that’s how the monkeys did see him) was the only one carrying a backpack (which indicated food), being the alpha male they stayed clear of him – but when my children moved away from the main group they did come over and gently tug on their shorts and tap on their shoes whilst making noises asking for food – a little disconcerting but amusing. Nearby was a Batik factory & sales area we went out the back and were given a brief tour which allowed us to view the creation processes, then onto the Thai Buddhist temple reclining Buddha and opposite side of the road the Burmese temple. Then to Fort Cornwallis and Chew Jetty and another quick visit to Little India.
Enjoyed the night markets each night. During the day enjoyed the pool, jet ski, banana boat and horse rides and lunches. Had a number of massages at various locations. Ate most nights at the hawkers half way between Holiday Inn and Golden Sands. Enjoyed trying different fruit juices each night. Had a lovely lunch at Tree Monkey Café next to the spice gardens, lovely setting and good food, sometimes monkeys make an appearance. Would also recommend the Jewel of the North restaurant for great food. Went into Georgetown for gold jewellery shopping Campbell street – found it difficult to find a bangle to fit – Saved a lot of time by telling the shop keeper straight away that I was after a 16.5 or 17 size bangle. Eventually went to Little India and although slightly different designs found more larger sizes – next time I may look into going direct to factory – Enjoyed shopping at Komtar and the Parkson department store and surrounding markets. Also shopped and at Gurney on way back to Batu Ferringhi, where my 11 year old was pleased with the purchase of real converse shoes. Near Gurney are the Taiwan markets – a single large tent structure, whole area size of Olympic pool. Has cheaper T-shirts and shoes, toys, sunglasses cab drivers knew the name - worth a look if you are passing – take 15 minutes for a good look if you are interested in cheap clothing. On line check in for flight Penang to KL – did this at the internet café next to the tailors across the road from Holiday Inn – one of a few internet cafes along the main stretch of road – rates for use of internet far too expensive at hotel – internet café about RM5 for hour cheaper for less – included printing, video cams and Skype with headphones. Cannot do on line check in for return flight out of KL to Aust – due to immigration – therefore I suggest for connecting flights – go straight to check in as soon as you have picked up your luggage – were in queue for over and hour, keep this in mind for connecting flights. We had a great time. Thank you to all forum contributors.

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Albany, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
7 reviews
20 helpful votes
“something old, something new, something blue !!!! its all here in penang”
Reviewed 15 August 2010

EVER wondered if you had made the right descision to go some where for a 10 day holiday ? Well we were surprised at penang . it is indeed a blend of old and new . We chose to stay at the CITITEL HOTEL in the old part of Georgetown. After reading mixed reviews of the hotel we can now give our account ! We were on the 18th floor and lucky to have a water view .The room was comfortable ,clean ,and secure . The staff were of a class of their own ...way above and beyond the call of duty nothing was to hard for them .The speed any request was executed was amazing ! From the Bell boys to the housemaids to the kitchen and the front desk they all made our stay a wonderful experience ! Want to know where to find any local food or hawker stall ? wonder what things to go see while in Penang? ask the bellboys! The resturants in the hotel are also of a high standard as is the buffet breakfasts and lunches which serve a huge range of foods covering all cultures. (even for breakfast !)If you like trying new foods ,flavours and textures give them a try ! Another surprise for us was the friendly ppl everywhere we went....how many places can you go where a local will pull off the road and tell you ...you are lost ! can i help you find where you are looking for ?! It happened to us while looking for the silversmith MR Fong. and again when we went in search of a spectacle place ..MR Patrick Ung . Even a few children got great delight in saying HELLO when we replied hello back :) All in all the 10 days went way to fast ..We made may friends and i think fell in love with penang ......now to make plans for the next holiday there. WE would like to say thankyou PENANG for the wonderful time we had while visiting

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Singapore
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Off the beaten track Batu Muang, Penang”
Reviewed 14 August 2010

Most people will remember Penang by its allure of good food, cheap shopping or busy streets. I remember this quaint city by Batu Muang.

My friend and I were heading towards Ferringhi beach when we turned off the wrong highway exit. The next thing we knew was finding ourselves in a quiet forgotten looking village. Initially we struggled with the thought of danger - since it was an hr or so to sunset - but something abt this old place called to us. So, we drove all the way to the end and a beautiful seaside jetty beckon us! There were fishermen, old sampans, quaint wooden jetty and children running around delightfully.

We mingled with the fishermen, admiring their catch for the day.... trod on creeky wood and navigated around the wooden plank like jetty. Finally, we settled comfortably on the sandy beach, had the freshest catch for dinner and enjoyed a perfect sunset with the gentle waves craddling spots of little boats.

Batu Muang, a secret place, away from tourist and time. Batu Muang, is my remembrance of Penang.

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victoria
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Things to do in Penang”
Reviewed 24 July 2010

Just some tips for those travelling with kids. You know how important it is to not fit too much in on one day and it's hard to work out what to do. We got ourselves into a routine of swim in morning, breakfast and then an activity, afternoon sleep for all and then out again until 11pm as so much is happening at night and the heat of the day is a bit much.
We paid the taxi 30rm an hour for 3 hours and had him take us to the Tropical Fruit Farm, waterfall and butterfly farm on one day. (you could probably skip the waterfall as it was nice, but not amazing and time is of the essence) The tropical Fruit Farm was informative and the guide fun but a little bit of a problem with information at the end when it came to eating the fruits on buffet - no signs on the fruits so had no idea what you were eating. The next day trip was a taxi who charged us 50rm to take us to the Tropical Spice Garden which was fantastic and beautiful and to the Batik factory which was also very interesting for the kids. Most taxi drivers will try to get you to all these things in one day but it's just too hot and tiring.

We met some locals at the Gurney st hawkers market who told us that it was really only set up for tourists and gave us addresses of some others. We found the food a lot nicer and cheaper (if that's possible) in MacAllister St. in Georgetown near the Prangin Mall.

We stayed in a hillview room at Golden Sands Resort and asked for the king size room with the couch under the window which is absolutely huge and our kids slept top to tail on it, saving us the cost of 2 rooms considering they wouldn't deal with being in a separate room to us that far from home anyway. The Resort was fantastic as was the breakfast. Staff all lovely. Not heaps to do in the immediate vicinity during the day and the night street market seems to be repetitive poorly made rubbish but it was still fun. Taking the resort bus into Georgetown not a bad plan or just those day trips as mentioned above.

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