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Old 17-08-2006, 01:02 AM   #51 (permalink)
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just followed Marmite's suggestions through, and might I add, bloody marvellous they were too!

Marmite - cheers mate, that is the most useful of posts I have ever read!


However, I do have a couple of updates for you:

That restaurant, called Passage Thru India, is probably THE BEST Indian restaurant I have ever eaten in, anywhere! Including the UK. Deco - fantastic. Service - incredible. Food - mouthwateringly amazing! Prices - damned decent!!!!

It's gonna change names, but not locations though, to 'Maharaj'. This is because they are pretty successful (no surprise in my opinion), and already have branches in KL, Singapore, and soon to be London, so want to keep the names universal. Also, there is another restaurant in Penang called 'Passage To India', which apparently does a roaring trade based on the Chinese Whispers effect of their restaurant!

Anyway, as Marmite says, this place is HIGHLY recommended.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure about Hotel Continental though. Whilst they were ok, it was pretty average and they overquoted me on prices for taxis, visas and the rooms themselves, plus they were pretty unfriendly to my Thai girlfriend. The breakfast was less than average, and you can probably find a hotel for at least the same value in the same area as Marmite's very useful map.

Apart from that - cheers mate! This time round I f**kin enjoyed Penang!!!

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Old 25-03-2007, 12:37 PM   #52 (permalink)
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good on you marmers,

as that was a 125% straight up arse kicking informative post my top friggin friend.

some people spew when they lob in penang, but ive always thought it to be a top little place, although it can be bloody sizzling hot at times.

i like to get on the public bus ( from komtar ) and go for a hack around the island checking out the place and there's a top butterfly farm over the back.

its not like thailand where the butterfly's shag ya, but they are lovely to look at and a darn sight cheaper than those butterflys in LOS.


anyway marmers,
the last time i was in penang i got on the turps drinking that carlsberg special brew (7.5%) and cricky's mate i was friggin crook the next day.

actually i was that crook that i thought id swallowed one of those rickshaws, and the driver as well.

shite mate,

next time in penang im only going to drink 9 of those special brews, as that 10th one done my noggin in.

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We eventually made it out at around 9.30 for dinner and went to a place called Passage Thru India. What a wonderful place! This is probably the nicest Indian restaurant I've ever been in. The decor was superb, as was the food. I cannot recommend this place enough - excellent!
I'll second that, was in Penang for 4 days once and ate here 3 times, best Indian food I've had outside of the UK.

Didn't think too much of the rest of Georgetown though, a bit boring and the people a bit grumpy I found. Not too bad, but not a place I'll be rushing back to.
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I'm off to Penang on Monday 9th April - any cheap places to drink? I'm staying at the Oriental, OMG, what have I done! Ah well, c'est la vie!
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I'm off to Penang on Monday 9th April - any cheap places to drink?
Church Street Bar was pretty cheap. Good food & pool too.
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Always loved my trips down on the overnight train to Penang.

Slippery Nipples was always worth a visit in later years, some sexy girls get in there, i have had the drinks thing offered me as i stood alone, just about the whole counter full of top range whiskey being drunk by young guys/girls
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It is a bit of an old thread now, the dates are from 2006 and 2007, I think you'd best be finding some updated info now.
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ye but 20,000 baht . still you've given me some decent info for when i'm next there. cheers marmite.
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Most complimentary report I've read.

Is the high price of beer because of their religion?
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Which religion are you talking about? Hindi, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist...?
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They say in Penang that the pricing of beer is a tax on the Chinese.....
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A little camera information would be nice. Almost time for a new one at my place.
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Most complimentary report I've read.

Is the high price of beer because of their religion?
It's because of taxes the hight of which to a certain extent is due to Islam being the majority religion.
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Good stuff Marmite! Cheers for the tips on restaurants etc. I'm going to pack my camera for the visa run and shoot some local color to post too.
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I've decided to fly down to Penang for Thaipusam next week, it's been a while since I did a proper photo trip so that's my decision made for me.

Any updates on.....

Taxi cost from the airport to Georgetown? The Thai Airways flight doesn't get in until 22:40 so I don't need to be fucking around, I'll wanna get in get fed and get bed.

Secondly the Indian restaurant Marmite mentioned.....Did it change it's name and whereabouts was it?

I have very fond memories of an Indian Restaurant in Penang for two reasons, first time I took a waitress home and the second time a few years later i took my Thai GF who is now my wife there and she fell in love with Indian food, which was the most important thing in taking our relationship to where it is now. That restaurant was at the bottom of a hotel on the angled corner of Leith Street and Penang Road. Buggered if I can remember the name of it now.... wonder if it is the same one?

really looking forward to this trip, I need a break from Thailand, shame it'll only be 3 days.
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Its the Kashmir Restaurant in under the Continental Hotel. I went again last year after a few years away. The prices are well up now. I found that the Yasmeen restaurant was now almost as good at 1/4 the price. Yasmeen is the open air place just up from the Continental on Penang Rd. They now have a Tandoor or two and do really nice food.
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Kashmir, that could be it, I used to have a business card from there, but I looked at Google Maps and the Hotel was shown as being the Oriental. Of course it's 19 years since I was last there so all sorts of changes could have taken place.

I like the sound of Marmites gaff which is located on a map he provided, close to there and my hotel. Can't wait.
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You are right it is under the Oriental.. Sorry for the confusion.
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That's the one then, sounds worth avoiding if it's too pricey, Yasmeen sounds good as does the one Marmite mentioned, some good choices.

I'm gonna need a good curry after a 14 hour photo session with a 10km walk thrown in....
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Not at that time of night...... I wanna get there for last curry orders....

Actually much food available between 11 and midnight?
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Even for a thrifty guy like me at 11pm after clearing customs I would take the cab in. But I would allow an hour more and take the bus back out if the flight was at a decent time...
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It was very highly priced. Its the wife favorite Indian joint, we went there on our honeymoon, and then again 10 years later and it was fine. This last time we made the mistake of eating at Yasmeen for dinner for the first time. When I saw the Tandoors and the prices coupled with loving their food we went right in. Its pure Muslim. Cant get a drink one. But the food is very very authentic Malay Indian.

Hell the two are less than a hundred meters apart. Have fun mate, now I want to go back again. 2 or 3 nights is always perfect and just enough.
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Good stuff Marmite! Cheers for the tips on restaurants etc. I'm going to pack my camera for the visa run and shoot some local color to post too.
Well, guess what? When me and the missus were down there in November it was raining the entire two days. So...no pics but my general overall impression of Penang does not really live up to "The Pearl of the Orient" any more. Entire island from the airport to the hotel we stayed at out on the beach looked sorta rundown.

On of positive note, the Thai Consulate gave me my Non O with no hassles.
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