WHERE TO STAY IN GEORGE TOWN
> Just Inn
Perfectly located in George Town, you can reach all the main attractions by foot.
JUST INN has basic rooms and dormitories equipped with Fan or AC. All rooms offer shared bathrooms which are always clean.
We chose a double room with AC and we paid 62RM (13€) per night (60RM for the room and 2RM for the taxes which are not included in Malaysia).
JUST INN has FREE hot and cold drinking water for guests, which is always really nice!
You can also get your dirty clothes cleaned, it’s 10RM (2€) for +/- 3Kg. Easy!
Too bad that you need to add an extra fee to get a towel.
The staff is SOOOO nice, kind and very helpful. They really take time to talk to you, share information about the things to do and see in the area. JUST perfect!
WHERE TO FIND A CHEAP KINDA EUROPEAN BREAKFAST
If you are like Adrian, and it’s not possible for you to eat noodles in the morning, we recommend getting breakfast at Uncle Joe Coffee.
> Uncle Joe Coffee
Uncle Joe Coffee is offering breakfast for 7,90RM (1,60€) which includes a drink and something to eat.
You can choose between 5 breakfast dishes. See the picture below.
PS: If you don’t know what Kaya is, it’s a coconut jam – really sweet!
Uncle Joe Coffee is located at Carnarvon Street right near the hotel JUST INN (same owner), see map HERE.
WHERE TO EAT IN GEORGE TOWN
> Little India
Little India doesn’t have much street food but you gonna find small restaurants which serve AMAZING Indian food.
We do recommend you to try samosa (1,20RM/piece ∼ 0,20€). OMG, the best samosa we have ever eaten!
➾ SRI ANANDA BAHWAN RESTAURANT
We ate twice at Ananda Bahwan Restaurant because the food is just YUMMY!
The first time, we ordered 2 tandoori chicken (14RM) with 2 garlic bread (7,40RM) + 6% service tax which is not included: 1,20RM.
Total Price: 22,60 RM (4,70€)
The second time, we shared a large plate of chicken tikka masala (17RM), with one plate of white rice (1,5RM), 2 Garlic Naan (7,40RM for 2) and one coke (2RM) + 1,65RM of tax.
Price for this lunch: 29,50 RM (6€)
Find the location on Google Maps HERE.
➾ ROS MUTIARA RESTAURANT
Ros Mutiara restaurant is also serving delicious Indian dishes.
We ate there one garlic naan set with tandoori chicken (yes again, it’s so good!), one chicken tikka masala and one plate of rice.
Price: 34,50RM (7€)
Find the location on Google Maps HERE.
➾ RESTORAN KAPITAN
The BEST chicken Tandoori in Town! We just love it 😋
We went to eat at Kapitan a few times! The chicken is amazing, big piece, no fat and really tasty! For 2 Garlic Naan Set + Chicken Tandoori we paid 22,20 RM + Tax RM 1,35 = RM 23,55 (≃ 4,90€).
Find Kapitan Restaurant here on Google Maps.
➾ THALI NR SWEETS CAFE
We ate one “Special Thali” and one “Maharaja Thali”. We both really enjoyed our meals. That’s a good way to try plenty of different Indian dishes. Loved it!
For these two big plates, we paid around RM 25 (≃5,20 €) 👏
Find Thali Restaurant here on Google Maps.
> Malaysian Food
➾ NASI KANDAR BERATUR
So many locals were eating on this local street restaurant that we decided to give it a try!
We both chose a plate of rice with spicy sauce, 1 piece of chicken and 1 shrimp. As everyone around us, we ate with our fingers! Use the right hand only!
The food was good, but we were not amazed by the taste. We paid 35RM (7,40€) and were really surprised by the “high” price.
In Malaysia, our goal is to eat for 10RM (2€) per person and per meal. It was pretty hard to find something consistent for this price in George Town…
We definitely exceeded our food budget during these 3 days!!
> Chinese Area
To be honest, we were both disappointed by the street food in the Chinese area – we probably didn’t find the right places… This is what we’ve tried:
➾ KEDAI KOPI SENG THOR
This local restaurant is located just in front of JUST INN hotel, at Carnarvon Street.
We both tried the Char Koay Teow (noodles with shrimps).
The dish was good but not as tasty as we expected! Plus, the plates were really small and served with 2 tiny shrimps…
They sell one plate for 8RM (1,70€) which I find too expensive for the amount and quality.
I don’t eat eggs, so I had a 1RM discount! But anyway we didn’t come back!
Good to Know: in many places in George Town you have to order a drink. You are not allowed to bring your own bottle of water, too bad.
Price for one coke in this local restaurant: 2,70RM (0,50€).
➾ STREET FOOD – Somewhere in Kimberley street
We both ate some noodles cooked with soya sauce and chicken.
We paid 4,5RM (0,90€) per bowl. The food was not bad but nothing special.
WHERE TO GET THE CHEAPEST BEERS
➾ ANTARABANGSA ENTERPRISE
ANTARABANGSA which means international in Malay is selling the cheapest beer in town!
That’s a place where locals meet each other every day and love to invite tourists to their table. We spent 2 evenings there, smashing some beers and talking to Indian, Chinese and Malay people all together on the same table. We have learned a lot of things about the history of Malaysia and the way people are living in harmony altogether. We had such a great time! We definitely gonna come back!
Price of the TIGER beers:
🍻 Small Tiger: 5,50 RM (1,10€)
🍺 Large Tiger: 6 RM (1,20€) 👌
Just to give you a rough idea about the prices of the beers in a convenient store… They are selling on small TIGER for 10 RM (2,10€)! So if you’re on a budget, always buy your booze at ANTARABANGSA!
The place is located 21 Lorong Stewart, see map HERE.
See their TripAdvisor profile HERE.
HOW TO GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO GEORGE TOWN
> By Bus
Take the Rapid Penang bus number 401 and 404E. Go outside of the airport and you gonna find the bus stop, it’s easy!
These buses drive every 30 minutes, between 5:30am and 11pm.
The drive is about 30 minutes to 1hour, it’s always depending on the traffic.
The price for one ticket is 2,70 RM (0,50€).
Good to Know: Make some small change at the airport, and give the exact amount because they don’t give any change!
> By Taxi
The taxi fare to reach George Town, should cost between 40RM (8,40€) and 60RM (12,60€), and take about 30 minutes.
HOW TO GET AROUND GEORGE TOWN
> By walk
Walking around George Town is kinda easy, you need to deal with the traffic and change sides all the time but everything is reachable by foot.
> By FREE Bus
Yes! You read it right! Central Area Transit (or CAT) is a free shuttle service.
They drive from 6am to 11:30pm, every 30 minutes.
See the directions and the maps HERE.
> By Bicycle
George Town is equipped with Link Bikes. You gonna find many stations everywhere around. You just need to download the App, pay per Credit Card and cycle around the city!
See the Link Bike website HERE.
> By Trishaw
You can find plenty of the three-wheeled trishaws around the capital city of Georgetown. We didn’t use them but it looks like a fun way to visit the area.
> By GRAB (Uber from Asia)
We took Grab to go from our hotel to the pier. We were too lazy to walk with our backpacks in the heat! This way cost us 6RM (1,20€).
Like in Europe, GRAB is cheaper than the taxi.
You need to download the App on your phone. See their website HERE.
> By Taxis
Taxis don’t use meters, so be sure to negotiate on a price first before boarding.
HOW TO GO FROM GEORGE TOWN TO LANGKAWI
A ferry is going from George Town To Langkawi, twice per day: at 8am and at 2pm.
We bought our tickets at UMMUL TRAVEL & TOUR, 70RM each.
Address: 397, Chulia Street, Penang.
When you get the “pre-ticket” you need to go to the office at the pier to grab the “official tickets”. You probably can avoid that by going straight away at the pier to buy your ferry tickets. See location HERE.
Good To Know: The agency UMMUL TRAVEL & TOUR located at 397, Chulia Street, Penang, can help you to get a 2 months tourist visa to go to Thailand.
INTERNET IN MALAYSIA
Everywhere you go in town you gonna find plenty of small shops selling Sim Cards.
HOTLINK has one of the best connection in Malaysia. Sadly they DO NOT sell unlimited data. So we bought the Sim Card for 10 RM and 6 GB for one month 35 RM (≃10€), and then we recharged every day 2GB twice a day for 6 RM (≃1,30€).
Data in Malaysia is not as cheap as in Thailand, and we definitely need more!
So far, in the hostels we have been the wifi was working OK if you use your phone. For connecting to your computer it’s just SH**!!!! Fortunately, we have a mobile router to connect our computers and phones. We insert the local Sim Card and it gives us a reliable internet connection. The mobile router we use is the Netgear Air Card 810, we definitely recommend it!
MUST SEE IN GEORGE TOWN
> Wander Through The Streets
As you might already know George Town is famous for its beautiful and interactive street art.
George Town is also home to a great variety of historic buildings representing various ethnicities: Malays, Chinese, Arabs, Indians, and English.
> Upside Down Museum, our first photo shoot as a couple 😅
We went to the Upside Down Museum after recommendations of a friend of ours.
You explore the rooms of a house where all the furniture is upside down…
The BIG disappointment is that it’s going WAY TOO FAST.
The staff is taking pictures of you in every room so quick that you can not enjoy the decor of the rooms.
It took maybe 10 minutes to go through the complete museum…
I’m actually not sure if museum is the right name for this place! I would rather call it a photo shooting studio!
But yeah, if you want to laugh & get some funny pictures, just do it! We still had a (really short) good time!
Entrance: 27RM (5,70€) for adults and 16RM (3,30€) for children (less than 12 years old)
See the TripAdvisor Profile of the Upside Down Museum HERE.
> Floating village
If you have time, have a little walk on the floating villages.
HOW LONG TO STAY IN GEORGE TOWN
I would recommend staying 2-3 days in George Town, it’s enough to visit the area.
Have you been to George Town? Do you have anything to add to this post?
Lots of Love, Amandine
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