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First time to Penang

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First time to Penang

Travelling with 2 young kids, please advice which hotel to stay (4 nights in Penang)? Hotel must have swimming pool, near CAT bus stop, near shopping malls and hawker foods, etc.

Any good recommendation of places of interests? Thinking to go Penang hill, clan jetties, butterfly garden.

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11. Re: First time to Penang

If you don't mind a walk then cross the road opposite the Evergreen and walk along the front in the opposite direction from Gurney Plaza and keep walking towards the end of Gurney Drive and round the end. That will eventually (10 minutes) bring you to Northam Beach which is a hawker centre besides the sea. If you get there early (6 pm ) you'll get a table by the sea wall. Great views over the sea, good for sunsets, and even better there are steps down onto the beach where your kids can play in safety whilst you linger over your meal or beer.

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12. Re: First time to Penang

wow, that sounds fantastic. We always enjoy a walk before our dinner when on holidays. Is the beach suitable for swimming? Also, the 2 dim sum restaurants you mentioned - Yin Pin and Bali Hai - which is better - or cheaper but still nice? Do they tend to finish serving dim sum early, say noon? Also, is the Hawker centre cheap for eating? Appreciate your info. Thanks

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13. Re: First time to Penang

I wouldn't swim at Northam Beach as all the boats go past that area and you never know what they're pumping into the sea. But you may see the odd fisherman casting nets from the beach and there is a small fleet of small fishing boats moored nearby so maybe it's not too polluted. Prices are standard with lots from RM4.

Helen who runs Yin Pin is very helpful if you're not sure what Dim Sum to order. Haven't eaten at Bali Hai for a few years but it was OK when I was last there. Dim Sum does end at midday but Yin Pin have some in the evenings now. Both are open at the front and sides so the air blows through.

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14. Re: First time to Penang

thank you so much, much appreciated.

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15. Re: First time to Penang

Thanks all for sharing. Definitely help a lot for my coming trip.

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