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Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.


Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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Penang, Malaysia


Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Georgetown / Penang, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Georgetown / Penang
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Georgetown / Penang, view over Georgetown
Georgetown / Penang
view over Georgetown

view from Penang Hill

view from Penang Hill

photos from the travel blog "Konni and Matt - Perpetual Travellers":

Georgetown Penang, wall paintings

Georgetown, Penang

cultural diversity in Georgetown

click on the photos above to get more pictures and information about Georgetown by Matt & Conni

Excellent alternative online resources:

Penang - Langkawi ferry connection

How to get from Penang to Pulau Langkawi and vice versa

Mirrors - street art in Georgetown, Penang

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is leaving his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical Georgetown.

Thaipusam Festival

The Hindu Thaipusam Festival festival is a public holiday in Malaysia and takes place every year end of January / beginning of February.

Things to Do & See

Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple

Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level.


Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia

Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis

Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786

Khoo Kongsi

The most impressive of Penangs many kongsis. A kongsi is a clan house that is partly temple, partly meeting hall

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000

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Restaurants & Food Courts

Gurney Drive

Road Along the seaside famous for its hawkers stalls selling all types of food, best to go at night. But there are also other restaurants and bars and shopping malls

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Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal

The Sg. Nibong Terminal is the main express bus terminal for long-distance buses in Penang. The terminal is located near Batu Uban about 20min (10km) outside of Georgetown city centre.

Penang Ferry Terminal

The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi

Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.

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Hutton Lodge
Guesthouse, Penang
Experience unique colonial-style living in our recently restored guesthouse, with clean, comfortable rooms and spacious bathrooms. ... more
banana-guesthouse-penang.jpg, Guesthouse on Lebuh Chulia in the heart of Chinatown with bar/cafe (pool table!) and travel agency
Banana New Guest House
Hostel, Penang
Guesthouse on Lebuh Chulia in the heart of Chinatown with bar/cafe (pool table!) and travel agency ... more
Annie’s Bed & Breakfast
Homestay, Penang
Annie's Homestay is located in Batu Ferringhi ... more

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Red Inn
Hostel located in Love Lane in the heritage zone of Georgetown
Hutton Lodge
Experience unique colonial-style living in our recently restored guesthouse, with clean, comfortable rooms and spacious bathrooms.