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Is Georgetown the Emperor's New Clothes or what?

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Is Georgetown the Emperor's New Clothes or what?

We were seduced by the guidebooks but found the place to be very disappointing. This would be our opinion. If you've been there do you agree or disagree?

Forget all this tripe about Penang being the jewel of the East, forget the UNESCO World Heritage stuff, forget the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award and forget the superb street food stuff. The place is a complete disappointment with very few redeeming features. 

When we were in Langkawi the locals would ask us where we were going next. When we said Georgetown they universally pulled a face and told us that we wouldn't like it. How right they were. 

Its just a city, not a very nice one at that, with few sites to see and pretty poor food. 

After this we went to Malacca. What a difference. 

If you're thinking of doing both, save your money, go to Malacca instead and do something more worthwhile with the 3 days you were going to spend in Georgetown. 

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11. Re: Is Georgetown the Emperor's New Clothes or what?

G'day big blue.As you've just found out,every place you visit is what you make of it.If you are after theme parks,French cafes,wine bars etc,then Penang is not the place to visit.Also if you are after modern buildings,another bummer.Museums,a few,no Louvre or Smithonian.T o be quite honest,if you had civen any indication as to the areas you weren't happy with then we would have something to work with.I have never been to Malacca but if it is like you say then it might be worth a try.

Happy trails

Sydney, Australia
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12. Re: Is Georgetown the Emperor's New Clothes or what?

been going to Penang for the past 20 years and have never had a uninteresting trip ..always finding something new each visit year after year ...I guess it is all about what you have imagined in your mind before you get there..and just a little correction ..Penang is known as the Pearl of the Orient

Reseach when visiting somewhere new is always the best thing to do ..before you decide on visiting

Shenzhen, China
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13. Re: Is Georgetown the Emperor's New Clothes or what?

I fully agree. We just came back from 3 days in Georgetown and wondered how we got lured into this. What a total waste of money. If you fancy to get an experience of how Singapore must have looked and smelled 75 years ago (without the cars) and want to spend more money and get worse food than Singapore then you should go to Georgetown. There is no decent night life and hardly any decent restaurants or bars. Many lady boys cruising the street at night at Chulia Road (well they are still there in the morning when you go out to get your breakfast). Absolutely not worth going to Penang. If you want a good island holiday in Malaysia go to Pulau Tioman instead.

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