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Phone Number: 6042631166
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Historical, charming, arty, nice atmosphere

Pearl of the Orient. This lovely town is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its cultural and architectural heritage. Colonial influences, multi-ethnic, meld of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Wingecarribee
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Real nice place to walk around with things to see. Check on here for what to do. Very safe to walk late at night. Head to lebuh chulia for the bar food nightlife. Lots of foreigners about eating drinking. Most are on visa runs from Thailand. Around the corner is little India. Amazing few streets, really feels like India. Food... More 

1 Thank DavePhilippines
Sarawak, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

I've been solo travelling to Georgetown for 4 days on June 2016. Overall, Georgetown offers a wonderful experience for any travelers. If you're into historical stuff, Georgetown is an answer! All the buildings seemed to have its own history (Unique design, colonial design). There were few places like Fort Cornwallis, St. George Church, Penang War Museum that you might be... More 

1 Thank Nieta J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Nice city with a lot of touristy attractions and heritage buildings. Traffic is crazy though. Loads of choices for reasonably priced food.

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Gold Coast Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Taken around Georgetown in a Rickshaw which was amazing to see all the street wall art. Beautiful old streets with lots of heritage to look at. Also some good shopping centres. Went to Gama Department Store which has everything. Would highly recommend by Rickshaw.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Where else to go but at georgetown penang where history heritage cultures all mixed into one. The experiences of staying at georgetown penang favoured by locals and tourists alike...where one could enjoy the richness of food at anytime anywhere..places of interests..interactive museums..street arts...which had been a trend...pubs...entertaining spots you fancy...drinking at weekends. There is so much one could do at... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

While George Town has many attractions spanning fantastic food, architecture, colonial remnants, street art etc that keep bringing us back, it is the amazing people that makes it extra special. Wandering through restored, new and also the decaying parts it is easy to keep exploring and meeting fascinating people including indigenous Malay, Chinese, Indian and mixture of Expats who get... More 

Thank ZM2011
Davao City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Wonderful town to walk around and just enjoy the street art. We couldn't get enough of the quaint shops, cafes, and boutiques. I love the East meets West influence and the colonial feel of the place. There's much to see and do.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Charming town ... Art murals on the walls are crowd drawers to this place. Can be very hot though so come prepared with a hat or umbrella and wear your comfortable walking shoes. Lots of walking to do.

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