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  • First Time to Penang: Where Should I Stay?

    Where Should I Book My Hotel In Penang

    A trip to exotic Penang promises a myriad of cultural sights and natural sceneries as well as ample dining and shopping opportunities. But booking your hotel without doing a bit of prior research can land you in the wrong part of this busy island, resulting in unnecessary travel expenses and hassles!

    Penang is also fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, where hawker fare sold in roadside stalls is just as delicious as the finest gourmet experience in any city. Due to its popularity amongst visitors worldwide, there are plenty of accommodation options on this island that cater to any budget and preference. To help you decide on the best place to stay, we’ve compiled a quick guide to Penang’s uniquely-named popular districts.

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    1. Eastern And Oriental Hotel 4.7/ 5
    2. Hard Rock Hotel Penang 4.3/ 5
    3. Bayview Beach Resort 4.0/ 5
    4. Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang 4.0/ 5
    5. Holiday Inn Resort Penang 4.0/ 5
    6. Hotel Jen Penang 4.1/ 5
    7. Lone Pine Hotel 4.4/ 5
    8. PARKROYAL Penang Resort 4.1/ 5
Georgetown: How to decide..." />

Georgetown: How to decide...

Pedestrian-friendly Georgetown is Penang’s liveliest district, housing atmospheric temples, graffiti-filled streets, brightly-coloured trishaws, and plenty of hipster cafes. Georgetown is also a treasure trove of fabulous finds, ranging from upscale designer labels to homemade handicraft and vintage bargains while accommodation options range from comfortable backpacker inns to luxurious heritage hotels

Who is it For:

- People looking for a lively nightlife scene
- People who want to be in the centre of the action

What's Good:

- Restaurants and cafes cater to different prices
- Sightseeing opportunities are set within walking distances
- Wide range of hotels

What's Not So Good:

- Streets are very packed during weekends and public holidays

Batu Feringghi: How to decide..." />

Batu Feringghi: How to decide...

Batu Feringghi is a winding stretch of white sandy beach that’s home to a wide range of accommodation and dining options. Its nightlife scene is undoubtedly the best on the island, where throngs of locals and tourists flock to the Batu Feringghi Night Market every evening. Meanwhile, its clear waters host a range of water sports activities such as parasailing and windsurfing - perfect for adventure-seekers.

Who is it For:

- Beach lovers
- People looking for a busy nightlife scene

What's Good:

- Nice beach with clear waters
- Five-star beach resorts

What's Not So Good:

- Lack of historical landmarks and attractions
- Very far from Penang International Airport

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Gurney Drive: How to decide...

Gurney Drive, also known as Persiaran Gurney, is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting seafood restaurants. Home to numerous five-star hotels with breathtaking ocean views, this seaside promenade has many historical relics and architecture dating back to the 1800s, such as Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram and the Dharmikarama, as well as modern shopping malls that cater to the varying needs and preferences of shopper.

Who is it For:

- Sightseers and history buffs
- People who love shopping
- Wealthy travellers
- Foodies looking to try local cuisine and fresh seafood

What's Good:

- Hawker food are available in abundance
- Shopping malls are set within walking distance

What's Not So Good:

- Lack of local culture
- Few budget hotel options

Tanjung Bungah: How to decide..." />

Tanjung Bungah: How to decide...

Accessible within a half-hour's drive from Georgetown, TanjungBungah is a quiet seaside suburb that's set between Gurney and BatuFeringghi. Sightseeing and shopping opportunities are very limited here (the Floating Mosque and the Toy Museum are the only attractions in Tangjung Bungah), but visitors can enjoy recreational activities such as beach volleyball, beach soccer, and spot fishing. Also built amongst its natural landscape are mid-range hotels and beach resorts that are great for a quiet retreat in Penang.

Who is it For:

- Moderately wealthy travellers
- Families with young children
- Anyone who loves beach activities and water sports

What's Good:

- Affordably-priced restaurants and cafes

What's Not So Good:

- Not many historical landmarks and attractions
- Shopping and nightlife scene is very quiet
- Budget accommodation is verylimited

Bayan Lepas: How to decide..." />

Bayan Lepas: How to decide...

Bayan Lepas is home to Penang’s most unique attractions such as The War Museum, Snake Temple, Penang Aquarium and the Bukit Jambul Orchid & Hibiscus Garden. Accommodation-wise, visitors can find plenty of mid-range hotels that are set approximately 10 minutes from Penang International Airport. While not as beautiful as other areas, Bayan Lepas is a great choice for an action-packed family holiday that won’t break the bank.

Who is it For:

- Nature and animal lovers
- Anyone who wants
- Families with young children

What's Good:

- Affordably-priced restaurants
- Many sightseeing opportunities
- Close to Penang International Airport

What's Not So Good:

- Not many historical landmarks and attractions
- Shopping and nightlife scene is very quiet
- Budget accommodation is very limited
- Quite far from main town

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