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  • Tony W
    Sydney, Australia4,678 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History and culture collide to create a memorable visit
    If you travel to the island of Penang you should seriously consider allowing one day to explore George Town. From the old colonial buildings, Fort Cornwallace, the street art murals, the waterfront and port areas to the markets and the incredible choice of dining options and shopping experiences. This city is bustling and alive with energy. Always a place we enjoy visiting.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Red
    Bangkok, Thailand205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Culture and Heritage
    I am always fascinated with culture and heritage, as Inwas walking around George Town Penang Malaysia, I’ve seen diverse group of people from Malay, Chinese, and Indians, the food , culture are mixed with so many different structures from British Colonialism. People were nice and accommodating, lots of coffee shops to check around and even you tour the entire island in an hour or so. They have both the mountains and the sea. Perfect place to escapade.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Sean N
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my new favourite towns.
    I spent 5 nights in Georgetown after KL. I absolutely loved the street art and food was amazing. The city is a bit crowded but kept as clean as possible. The locals are extremely hospitable. The highlight of my holiday would have to be the street art & food. I felt very safe but please take care crossing roads, I came within cms of being hit by a motorcyclist who came out of nowhere. Plenty to do during my 5 days and I was more than happy to walk to all tourist sites with the added bonus of the free CAT (courtesy city bus) that stopped right outside my hotel. I was even able to take my checkin suitcase on the bus from the ferry terminal to my hotel. Thank you Georgetown for your amazing hospitality.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar14,477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Capital of Penang
    George Town is the colorful multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. It’s famous for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. A must visit spot of Malaysia. Many highlights needs to be covered in 2-3 days. The most famous highlight is Penang Hill.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic city
    George Town is our favorite city in Malaysia. The historic old town is full of architectural gems and cultural landmarks. The blend of different cultures and religions, where Buddhist temples stand next to mosques and Chinese clan shrines, makes Penang truly unique and unparalleled. The Peranakan influence, whether be lavish mansions or tempting street food, adds a lot of color and dynamics to the port city. Do spend a couple days here to experience the vibe.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Spirit Bear
    Wokingham, United Kingdom262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting town to see on foot
    A fascinating town to walk around. It has a lot of character and we enjoyed seeing the colonial buildings, restaurants, street art and street entertainers with puppets. Well worth a visit since everything is close together you can easily walk around but it can get very hot around midday so we stopped for regular drinks and enjoyed an Indian lunch in a restaurant there.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Fifi Fitriningrum
    Canberra, Australia137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A town for food lovers
    The town has a lot to offer, from modern malls to heritage sites, as well as yummy food. There are free buses to go around the town, which stop at almost every tourist attraction. Walking to a long-night market for yummy food is highly recommended. Spending time and enjoying all the mural arts can be fun too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 March 2024
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia4,862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit
    We recently spent five days here and found the place very interesting. A melting pot of cultures and history. We used the public transport to get around and it worked very well. The free bus service around the main town is excellent and we used the paid service to go a bit further out of town like to Penang Hill. There is a lot of lovely architecture covering different eras and cultures. Some great old mansions to visit and churches. We visited some very old temples, The area known as Little India was interesting as was the port area with the famous Jetty complexes.plenty of huge shopping Malls and food courts, there are also plenty of local markets which are good value. The Street Art is amazing, loved the old part of town. Food places galore, lots of different types of food, we tried and liked the traditional foods even though we were not sure what we were actually going to get at times. We found that a lot of the staff in eating places had very little English which made it hard at times to converse. There are plenty of hotels, top rated ones to little local places. Easy place to walk around, we also enjoyed a Trishaw ride around the old town with a very fit rider who hardly raised a sweat and boy it was very hot. This was our first time to George Town and we enjoyed it,
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
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Corneles Tamawiwy
Jakarta, Indonesia224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited this town to see and feel this beautiful heritage town. Every corner of this town tells a thousand stories. Remarkable!
Written 8 April 2024
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We recently spent five days here and found the place very interesting.
A melting pot of cultures and history.
We used the public transport to get around and it worked very well.
The free bus service around the main town is excellent and we used the paid service to go a bit further out of town like to Penang Hill.
There is a lot of lovely architecture covering different eras and cultures.
Some great old mansions to visit and churches. We visited some very old temples, The area known as Little India was interesting as was the port area with the famous Jetty complexes.plenty of huge shopping Malls and food courts, there are also plenty of local markets which are good value.
The Street Art is amazing, loved the old part of town.
Food places galore, lots of different types of food, we tried and liked the traditional foods even though we were not sure what we were actually going to get at times.
We found that a lot of the staff in eating places had very little English which made it hard at times to converse.
There are plenty of hotels, top rated ones to little local places.
Easy place to walk around, we also enjoyed a Trishaw ride around the old town with a very fit rider who hardly raised a sweat and boy it was very hot.
This was our first time to George Town and we enjoyed it,
Written 31 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fifi Fitriningrum
Canberra, Australia137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The town has a lot to offer, from modern malls to heritage sites, as well as yummy food. There are free buses to go around the town, which stop at almost every tourist attraction. Walking to a long-night market for yummy food is highly recommended. Spending time and enjoying all the mural arts can be fun too.
Written 17 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Spirit Bear
Wokingham, UK262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A fascinating town to walk around. It has a lot of character and we enjoyed seeing the colonial buildings, restaurants, street art and street entertainers with puppets. Well worth a visit since everything is close together you can easily walk around but it can get very hot around midday so we stopped for regular drinks and enjoyed an Indian lunch in a restaurant there.
Written 25 February 2024
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Gilles C
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great place for so many different reasons : culture, architecture, restaurants,atmosphere
Side by side:churches,south indian temples,chinese temples,mosks..
Written 19 February 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
George Town is our favorite city in Malaysia. The historic old town is full of architectural gems and cultural landmarks. The blend of different cultures and religions, where Buddhist temples stand next to mosques and Chinese clan shrines, makes Penang truly unique and unparalleled. The Peranakan influence, whether be lavish mansions or tempting street food, adds a lot of color and dynamics to the port city. Do spend a couple days here to experience the vibe.
Written 20 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
George Town is the colorful multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. It’s famous for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. A must visit spot of Malaysia. Many highlights needs to be covered in 2-3 days. The most famous highlight is Penang Hill.
Written 21 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sean N
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I spent 5 nights in Georgetown after KL. I absolutely loved the street art and food was amazing. The city is a bit crowded but kept as clean as possible. The locals are extremely hospitable. The highlight of my holiday would have to be the street art & food.
I felt very safe but please take care crossing roads, I came within cms of being hit by a motorcyclist who came out of nowhere.
Plenty to do during my 5 days and I was more than happy to walk to all tourist sites with the added bonus of the free CAT (courtesy city bus) that stopped right outside my hotel. I was even able to take my checkin suitcase on the bus from the ferry terminal to my hotel.
Thank you Georgetown for your amazing hospitality.
Written 21 July 2023
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Red
Bangkok, Thailand205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I am always fascinated with culture and heritage, as Inwas walking around George Town Penang Malaysia, I’ve seen diverse group of people from Malay, Chinese, and Indians, the food , culture are mixed with so many different structures from British Colonialism.
People were nice and accommodating, lots of coffee shops to check around and even you tour the entire island in an hour or so. They have both the mountains and the sea. Perfect place to escapade.
Written 13 July 2023
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Hang
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Dirty, smelly and very rundown, open sewer with no sidewalk meaning you will have to walk with cars (im scared of drivers here). All the buildings have historical value but are all in distress conditions.
Written 30 June 2023
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