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George Town

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A World Heritage Site with historic aura too unique to define ...

"A living testimony to the multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia; meeting the criteria of Outstanding Universal Values as defined by UNESCO". We spent half a day on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fun L
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is touristy but it is worth a visit. I do not like places with large number of tourists and prefers to go off the beaten path but I have been here twice. This place has a lot, and I mean A LOT of good places to eat for people in any type of budget. Even an unassuming food... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

"A living testimony to the multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia; meeting the criteria of Outstanding Universal Values as defined by UNESCO". We spent half a day on foot trying to find as many Street Arts as possible, stopping at Khoo Kongsi, Cheah Kongsi and Pinang Peranakan Mansion along the way. The wall arts are amazing (though some has faded)... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Georgetown in the last week of Dec 2016. We are a married couple with a 9 yo daughter. This is a truly historical place - and you can cover Georgetown in a day or two (in a more relaxed pace)... Here are some recommendations: 1. Ride the Hop on/Hop Off Bus in Penang. The City Route takes you... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a courtesy coach into town for a few hours. Make sure you have a map and you will find most of what you are after. Very busy, be careful the traffic is crazy. Take a rickshaw if you fancy it or hire 4 and 6 seater bikes. Modern shopping malls mixed with day to day life. Enjoy....

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I come back to Penang island every year in the past 10 years. This year without exception it's all about food and exploration of the old city of GT. It gets better each time. It also gets busier each time because Penang has become very popular with tourists coming for the food and experiencing its living culture and heritage. Every... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

George Town has lots going on and is very busy with the hustle of everyday life and tourists. People all very friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

I like to stay here because it is near everywhere.. You cab find many restaurants there and easy to go everywhere around Penang because it just a minute walk to the bus station. Will come be here again if I visit Penang next time. Recommended place to stay!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

There are so much to see in this World Heritage place. The heritage buildings and shops, murals, architecture, heritage homes and kongis, street markets and vendors, rickshaws, and many restaurants that offer local foods. It took us a good two days to see some of them. People are very friendly and we felt safe to walk around even in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

What a great spot for a lovely holiday. The locals are super friendly and go out of their way to help and point you in the right direction. Very easy to get around with free shuttle bus - inexpensive Uber taxis plus great place to walk and take in the sights. The food stalls are something else with the range... More 

Thank eilliabs
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Pearl of the Orient. This lovely town is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its cultural and architectural heritage. Colonial influences, multi-ethnic, meld of Malay-Chinese-Indian-et al. 'living culture'. Historical trading port with colonial-era terraces and historic mansions. Chinese trader mansions, shop terraces, colonial British buildings. Stay in a historical Chinese shop terrace or mansion guest house - charming luxury to backpacker... More 

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