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George Town

Malaysia
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Ranked #11 of 91 attractions in Penang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Despite the initial protests from my 7 year old, the whole family loved visiting George Town. The town has a lively, welcoming feel. It was a great place to wander around, just looking at the art and architecture and visiting shops and cafes. We really enjoyed the pride that locals showed in their town and in their heritage. And the... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great place to cycle around and take photos with the mural arts. The place is closed for cycling on Sunday morning, so you are free to cycle around and not afraid of the traffic. A must do in Penang!

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Perth, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

old buildings, new buildings, hawkers and everything in between make this a shock to the senses. in a good way. driving around in an air conditioned car is probably the way to go as the heat here was extreme for walking around. although that didn't stop others. we were told getting a rickshaw is also a fun way to explore... More

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

George Town feels similar to a lot of SE Asian towns - it's gritty and fun to explore. The thing I liked about George Town was its English style architecture. There also seems to be a street art movement - really neat iron worked pieces mounted on walls, murals, etc. There are also many charming cafes. It's fun to just... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed here for three nights before moving on to Batu Ferringhi so we concentrated on the town, not all of Penang. There are plenty of interesting buildings, temples and mosques to see, also Little India and China town areas. As it is so hot the FREE shuttle bus around town was a real bonus- just don't expect it to run... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We loved the art trail around town, it's a bit like a treasure hunt. The old quarter gives a real sense of times gone past.

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Perth, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

To experience Georgetown and its life and culture stay in the World Heritage Site and preferably in the Core Zone.Great food, history and culture, very friendly people ,safe .This is a Must destination but spend some time there.We had 10 days and still missed lots of attractions both culinary and cultural.2 to 3 days is not enough.

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Budapest, Hungary
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I spent in George town 3 nights. First get a bicycle and a motor for yourself. So much faster and easier to get around. The city is vibrant, old, dominated by Chinese culture. The old city has a lot of charming calm streets where you can walk around easily. The specialty of the place not just the old and special... More

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Hong Kong, China
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

There are some heritages and the local food is very tasty. All the reason you stay there for a bit longer.

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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

George Town is very easy to access. It's filled with historic buildings, street arts, jetty houses, cafes, street food. All that you hope to explore are in a town. If you only have a few days in Penang, George Town can be a choice. There are many budget guesthouses and these guesthouse are turned from old shop houses. The main... More

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