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    A wander round Georgetown, Penang

    Since the big Supermarket closed at the Komtar it is only now worth an hour of your time to spend there, Pick up your dodgy dvds and pc games, then get a fast food snack, you can get the lift to the top of the building for about 4 ringit, but is it really worth it?





    On the pedestrian bridge near Komtar you can see the oldest Indian restaurant in Penang, it proudly displays a fading sign, trouble is the building is empty and looks like it is about to fall down.



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    Here we have a picture of the view up Penang Road, pretty damn exciting.





    Here we have what I believe to be a legacy of British rule, the old roasted chestnut stall, this guy has been there for at least the last 15 years that I know of.



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    Next up we are off to the Town Hall, this place is in really nice condition, obviously most of the taxes collected in Penang are spent on the upkeep of this building.







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    Here is the beach in front of Fort Cornwallis, not many sunbathers and it does seem a bit small and rocky.




    And of course here is a nice war memorial.



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    This place is massive and is just being renovated, now a job like that I would like





    And this church has been renovated, quite obvious where the money is in Penang.



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    A fun way to get around Penang is the old rickshaws, they charge the same as taxies for short journeys, they will also spend their time asking if you want lady etc etc etc .





    As you can see the food, ie burgers and that are really cheap compared to Thailand.



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    Thanks for all the Penang pics. Long time since I was there.

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    The Soho Freehouse on Penang road is probably the most popular pub in Georgetown.






    But there still are a lot of crappy old buildings in Penang so probably a good place to start a building company.



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    It aint changed much Buadhai

    The Peking Hotel on Penang road was the first ever place I ever stayed in Penang, it cost about 600baht per night in them days and was awful, I was shocked at how much more expensive the hotels were there compared to Pattaya, same sort of place in Pattaya in them days would have been about 200baht per night.





    The Cititel wasn't there in them days



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    I am sure some of you will remember the Eng Thye Cafe, yet another tiny little low end dump.





    Anybody stayed at this dump? the sky hotel.



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    More renovation work available in Penang, there are quite a few buildings that have been started and then left to rot, I wonder if the builders just get paid and then do a runner?



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    A nice place to have a little pray if that is your thing, this is in Chulia Street.







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    Fancy a bit of food and footie, this place is in Chulia Street.


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    Ok, hands up who has stayed here, this place is on par with the old New China Hotel, yep it is yet another dump altough maybe in a better position for backpackers as it is on Chulia Street.





    Look at it, aint it grotty?



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    Obviously there are quite a few street stalls but not on par in numbers compared to Thailand.






    Another place to pray if you feel so inclined.



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    The Blue Diamond Hotel on Chulia Street is a must be stop off place to eat, just can't beat a decent bit of mexican grub, just ignore the rats wandering around the restaurant.





    One of the side streets off of Penang road, looks a bit Chinese to me.



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    The Malaysia Hotel, this is in between the Oriental and the Continental hotels on Penang road, this place was doing a 66 ringit plus plus plus deal, if you reckon on 90 ringit per night when they have the specials on then you wont go far wrong, this place is also nicer than both the oriental and the continental.





    This place is aimed at the locals and did look quite nice.



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    The Green House on Chulia Street is done out a bit nicer than some of the other places down this way.



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    Think I might have 'but four yeears ago. 20 ringit. Squat toliet downthe hall, but a shower in my room??? Didn't take a dump for two days. but n teh outside I was clean.
    never been back to Penang since.

    edit I was referring to the "sky Hotel" (Whatever) on the previous page. Shoulda a paid attention.
    After all your, and Marmite's, photos and narative, i'm actually lookng forward to going back.
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    The White House Hotel, I have to admit to staying in this place before, being a crappy old building on Penang Road the noise levels are horrific, luckily the aircons are so bloody noisey they drown out the noise of the traffic, I believe fan rooms with shared bathrooms, ( that dont actually have baths or hot water ) are 28 ringit, aircon with own bathroom about 45 ringit.

    To see out of the windows you need to open them as they are that pebble dashed type of glass, not that there is a lot to look at from there anyway.





    This could be in Thailand.



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    Anyway, last and least is the Tai Wah Cafe on Chulia Street.


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    did you ever go to the hong kong bar on chulia street?

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    Yep, many times, the dump has also been rebuilt after it got burnt down last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Yep, many times, the dump has also been rebuilt after it got burnt down last year.
    i cant help thinking that the brother and sister team could make a much better effort at bringing in the punters. it used to be a lot more happening. i was in penang for work for a few days in April and the place was very disappointing.

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