Blogs from George Town, Penang, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town September 9th 2015

Penang, Malaysia. Everyone that travels in Thailand that needs a new visa has been here. We have been to Penang for Thai visas or "visa runs" at least eight times, maybe more. We actually have a love/hate relationship with Penang. Visa runs can be stressful for the two of us. Applying for a new visa with a passport full of Thai tourist visas can be an issue. Making sure you have all the proper documents, photos, money, etc. but we have to double that for the two of us and hope that we both are given a visa to return to Thailand. Years ago, Cliff was given a six month visa and I was denied with a big red stamp in my passport. What to do when one family member can stay in Thailand but the ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town August 10th 2015

Nick: Penang, the island located off the western coast of peninsular Malaysia, was to be the first stop of the last country on our itinerary. After the lazy days spent relaxing in docile Ko Phangan, we were both looking forward to being somewhere a bit busier once again, and following a short international flight from Ko Samui, and taxi ride across the island, by Thursday mid-afternoon we had arrived at our latest accommodation. We'd opted to stay in Georgetown, the neighbourhood located on the northeast of the island, and despite the abundance of guesthouses and hotels in the area, finding a room that ticked all of our boxes at a reasonable rate had proved trickier than expected. Checking into our hotel, we were given an enthusiastic and warm welcome by two guys that worked there, who ... read more
Big cat
Georgetown street art
Chew Jetty

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town July 7th 2015

7/8thJuly 2015 So after 46 weeks at home, we're off again. Not a Big Adventure this time, more an extended holiday for 3 months. Around 5pm our two house sitters Jo and Catherine from NZ arrive to look after our house for us. Caroline calls to say that Clive's car won't start so we take a taxi to the airport. Check in all goes smoothly and eventually we board our Air Malaysia A380, the big double decker plane. We're on the first floor right at the back----- next to the toilets. Well at least we won't get any kids behind us screaming all night. The flights pretty rough and we're strapped in most of the time. The highlight is the chicken and rice dinner, expect it's so popular that there's none left by the time they ... read more
2 Tan Jetty
3 Street food
4 Prisoner in Fort Cornwallis

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 5th 2015

The slow boat from Koh Tao got us into Surat Thani at about 4.30 am, after taking 10hours to go almost nowhere down the coast. We waited for a minibus to take us to the tourist office to pick up another minibus that would take us part of the way down the coast, to a town I believe was called Hat Yai. However, it could have been any town along that coast as we were told nothing and expected to wait around for 3 hours for the next minibus. We finally arrived in Penang in early evening, just in time to get some Malaysian ringgit, get ripped off my a taxi driver and arrive at our hostel, the old Penang guesthouse. This hostel was in the perfect location to access chinatown or little India, both places ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town April 3rd 2015

After chilling out in Vientiane for a week longer than I really needed to be there, it's time to move on. It's been a very laid back week, I've read three books, caught up on some naps and hibernated in my air conditioned room as the temperature outside rose to 40 degrees some days. I ventured out for breakfast, and again late afternoon, to mooch around the markets, walk along the riverfront and enjoy dinner and drinks in a different restaurant each night. I didn't feel the need to fill every day with activity, travel can be hard work! So, now I'm looking forward to flying to Georgetown in Malaysia and getting the most out of what's left of my time away. My Air Asia flight left Vientiane on time at 9.45am, and landed in Kuala ... read more
Blue Mansion
Kungfu Girl Street Art
More Street Art

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 16th 2015

Georgetown is one of those places that oozes charm and character. We are not sure what it was for us; whether it was the laid back sleepy atmosphere, the quainter streets with beautifully intact buildings or more the more rustic, crumbling colonial shop houses; the fact that it had more food cuisines than you can shake a chopstick at (all of which had our taste buds working overtime), jaw dropping street art buried deep within its alleys or its beautiful mix of cultures and faiths all sitting beside each other in harmony. We just loved this town, it had us intrigued and we explored this place with such ease. George-town named after the British King Goerge III is situated on the island Penang and is well known for its UNESCO world heritage label due to its ... read more
Old 2 storey shop fronts
Chris walking through one of the few empty archways
Chrs getting involved with the 2d mural

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 12th 2015

In five days we were in four ports in three countries. That is a lot of different cultures to absorb in a short time. Singapore stands in stark contrast to our last port of Bangkok. Everyone has heard the stories of the strict laws in this city state. The ones about littering really work as Singapore’s streets and subways are spotless. The first sign we saw when we disembarked the ship was that all drug use is punishable by death. Not too much wiggle room on that one. This modern city works and is very tourist friendly. We heard that Singapore just surpassed Las Vegas in gambling revenues. This is surprising since Singaporeans are not allowed in the casinos. So it is foreigners who travel here to give their money away…I mean to gamble. As modern ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 4th 2015

Last full day on the island of Penang started again with a lovely breakfast and then heading to the closest bus station - seeing the bus I was after I squeezed myself on it - probably taking twice the amount of passengers it should - but hey, this isn't the UK! So today I was off to the north west of Penang to the national park to do some walking and see some wildlife. I registered at the front desk - just I case people don't return - and map in hand I headed in the direction of monkey island - about an hrs walk around the edge of the park keeping the sea on my right. The path started off very promising - paved, signposted, no litter - things changed - the path quickly becoming ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 1st 2015

After starting with the usual for breakfast plus fresh fruit and toast - the tea bags also being supplied from the plantation I visited a few days ago, I headed off to explore the island. Passing through china town but not feeling the urge to visit any more temples, after visiting a few they all seem quite similar, but instead stopping off at a market to buy some sandals. I walked past the main fountain - which is in the middle of a roundabout and past fort cornwallis - which marks the spot of where the British fleet under captain Francis light disembarked in 1786. Grabbing a well needed drink - its very hot and sticky on the island after feeling the cooler evening air of the highlands and made my way to the bus station. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 9th 2015

Hello Everyone, We slept in today, as there are no windows in the dorm. When we woke up we has breakfast, which was free with the hostel-unlimited toast, watermelon, and tea and coffee, definitely makes the £5.60 each/night worth it! They also have a cold-water dispenser, which means we don’t have to buy water for a few days J always thinking about saving a few pennies! So we decided to walk around Georgetown today to find the famous landmarks with the map we had from the hostel. These included mosques, temples, the famous public artwork, street markets, little india, china town, and then ending up in the Fort Cornwallis. Fort Cornwallis was interesting (but probably not really worth the money to see it tbh) as it had many of the original structures and features to when ... read more
Queen Victoria clock tower

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