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Great place

Great cafes, street food and beautiful historic building. Natives generally very friendly. Some excellent hotels ranging from 5 stars down to backpackers hostels. Enormous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Explored along the beach street and love lane, walked through Kimberley street and the stretch of Chulia street browsing through Chinatown and Little India. Many UNESCO world heritage sites seen around here. Hot weather best explored during evening.

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Bracknell
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My husband and I have just done a quick 24 hour stint in Penang staying in Georgetown and honestly I don't get what the fuss is about. Dirty, smelly, pavements full of litter, huge holes in almost every road (and I mean 2 ft or more deep!). Traffic everywhere and at times even difficult to breathe because of petrol fumes.... More 

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france
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108 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great cafes, street food and beautiful historic building. Natives generally very friendly. Some excellent hotels ranging from 5 stars down to backpackers hostels. Enormous shopping malls where I got my IPhone repaired, which I couldnt do in Europe. I have been coming here for 40 years and still love it!

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London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews 147 reviews
65 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

After breakfast armed with our notes, we walked ashore to find the first stop for the CAT, not as you might imagine the seagoing variety, as this stands for the Central Area Transit bus, which as its name implies, is a free circular bus round the centre of Penang. Their website is so comprehensive that it lists things to see,... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

We had a really fun refreshing day exploring George town by looking for all the hidden unique street art. A great way to discover parts of a town that youD never embark upon Normally. Was nice considering we'd been spending the previous 2 months exploring cities towns ands islands the old fashioned way which can get quite boring quite quickly.... More 

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Johor Bahru District, Malaysia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
56 attraction reviews
314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

After being told how wonderful George Town is we were expecting a lot more. Malacca and George Town were both named UNESCO sites at the same time. But that is where the comparison ends. Malacca has worked to improve its self and has done so whilst George Town has done a bit then stopped. It is heart breaking to see... More 

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Bangkok
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Having been the first British colony in Southeast Asia, George Town was under British rule until the Malaysian independence in 1957. In this long timespan the town was coined by British influence. Moreover rich Chinese contributed a lot to the development of the place. A World Heritage since 2008 and one of the Strait Settlements, George Town has much to... More 

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Manipal, India
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Beautiful sea shore. Nice wall paintings all around. Very good vegetarian hotels (Anand Bhavan and Woodlands) in little India.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Georgetown offers such a diversity of cultures in one town. From the modern high quality malls to the street seller and everything in between. The sounds and smells of Little India need to be experienced, the Clan Jetties yet again a different world that should be experienced. There are excellent visitor attractions around the town. A trip on a trishaw... More 

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Maldon, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Georgetown would have to be one of my favourite places in the world to visit. It is steeped in history and as it's a World Heritage Site, you get completely absorbed in the place with its amazing buildings, food places and shopping destinations. There are quite a few tourists around, but everyone's pretty friendly and that means there are some... More 

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