Unlike my report on Chiang Mai, this one is very short due to my wifes arthritis flaring up and forcing us to cancel our tour with Morgan of the sights of Penang, but what we saw around our hotel and driving to and from the airport has made us want to come back soon and explore this lovely part of Malaysia.
We were able to explore some shopping due to our hotel the G hotel having a shopping mall on each side of it namely Guerney Plaza and Guerney Paragon, both are top market end malls but still had some good bargains, my wife picked up her usual couple of handbags plus some items from The Body Shop and Crabtree and Evelyn, I bought some very good quality T shirts for around $7aus each plus a Citizen watch on special for 520myr ($170aus) down from 750myr plus you received an extra citizen made watch for free as a promotion for the opening of the new Guerney Paragon mall, we also visited the Prangin Mall which I think is the biggest mall in Penang, if you want shoes then this is your type of mall, I reckon every 2nd shop was a ladies shoe shop, of course there had to be a Bata shop and of course my wife had to go in and of course she had to buy her 6th pair of shoes so far on this holiday and we still have 5 days in Kuala Lumpur to go, this is the mall where the locals go and you can barter with the vendors.
Food is very very cheap in Penang with meals in the food courts and markets on average $2-3aus, and restaurants $5-10aus, we had one meal in the food court at Guerney Plaza of stir fried chicken and rice $2aus, 1 fried rice 85cents aus, 1 chicken and rice on sizzle plate $3aus and 2 fruit drinks for $1aus all up $7.80aus, at the food market it was cheaper with Char Kway Teow for 5myr ($1.85aus).
So overall I recommend Penang to fellow T/As for very good and cheap food, excellent shopping at both high end and lower end of the market, taxis are not expensive ours cost 40myr from airport and it was a good 30-40mins drive, cost the same on return from taxi outside hotel, we were disappointed not to travel around and visit some of the old lovely buildings and sites in the area, I suggest you allow a good 4-5 days to really get the most out of this fascinating part of Malaysia and we will be coming back next year to do just that.
Well off to Kuala Lumpur now, you don't think all the shoe shops would be closed do you?