|Malaysia Holiday Guide - Penang Accommodation and Transport||
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First updated : 19 April 2009
Tourist accommodation in Penang
varies greatly! From historic luxury hotels to very basic dormitory or house
based accommodation. Take your pick based on the type of holiday you want!
Prices are very competitive. However I would make sure the hotel chosen has
working air conditioning. All the hotel review sites have lots of opinions you
can check out but they are only a guide - it is the internet so don't believe
everything you read.
Apart from mobile phones Penang has many free wireless hotspots, mostly centred around Georgetown and major shopping centres. There are a few internet cafes but look a tad dodgy for things like banking etc.. so do that before you leave home. Bring a cheap notebook if you want less risky browsing, Facebook and the like! If your hotel has a wired or network based internet connection try that too. It is quite cheap and very convenient for about 50RM for 24 hours.
Transportation: Getting around
Penang is very easy with plenty of different options to choose from.
When you are done with Penang you can head off to the island of Langkawai. This is a resort island so be prepared for that sort of experience. The beaches and scenery is better than the ones in Penang. Just remember it is a tourist island. Travelling by boat to the island is the most efficient way of getting to Langkawai from Penang. There 'appears' to be only ticketing office. It just 10 meters or so from the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Memorial. All the details are - just beware that there are several tour booking shops so make sure its the ticketing office!
By far the majority of motorised transport in Penang is the motorcycle. They are everywhere and all the better for it. The majority of models are the Honda Club and the newer Honda Wave in its various generations and 125cc where the most common. Initially I thought they where called 'Boon Siew' but that's the dealers name! Since there where so many you can safely assume that this dealer is by far the largest! I did see a 1 or two large capacity models from Yamaha and few BMWs. They where the exception though.
Caption to picture above: I noticed this interesting vehicle while walking the streets of Penang. It's a Honda Wave 125 motorcycle with 4 wheels. So, does that make it a car?
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