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penang hill....

by guo_mei_xin

I was wondering if the renovation is already finished? Because I read from the internet that the furnicular should be finished around September 2010. But I'm not sure maybe there's delay or someting.

If it's still under renovation, how long will it take if we walk? (because the jeep is too expensive for us)

Re: penang hill....

by SLLiew


"6 November 2010:
A soft launch was held for the new coaches of the Penang Hill Railway. The launch was officiated by the Tourism Minister, Dr Ng Yen Yen. During the soft launch, Dr Ng pointed out that the Federal Government is spending RM70 to upgrade the railway up Penang Hill.

With this upgrade to bring more visitors up the hill, she said that she hopes the state itself will carry out environmentally-sensitive development of the hill, now that the Federal Government has funded the upgrade. She also wanted to see an increase in tourist dollars spent in Malaysia from the present RM1 billion a week to eventually RM3 billion a week.

During the soft launch, it is also announced that the new trains will only be operational in March 2011, a delay of half a year from the projected completion date as announced in February 2010."

Re: penang hill....

by guo_mei_xin

thanks so much!

Re: penang hill....

by japappy

good luck walking its not an easy walk and you have to do it both ways but going down is easier (as you would expect) I expect 1 to 1.5 hrs to get to the top with plenty of water. Not much up there for that effort!!

Travel Tips for Penang

Cheong Fatt Tze eh Choo

by l_joo

Cheong Fatt Tze eh Choo means the Mansion of Mr. Cheong Fatt Tze but in Hokkien of Penang. For this person's mansion, I need not introduce too much because already too many peoples wrote about it. I don't want this kind of competition. So please enjoy my photo of Cheong Fatt Tze eh Choo.

What to do in Georgetown Penang

by putri_jogja

Georgetown is the best place to stay in Penang. You can find historical and cultural things arround this area eventhough by walking.
And dont forget to try the foods. Penang has many variety of food there.
In Georgetown, you can find also many hawker foods.
Take some tourism brochures about Penang. It helps you too.
Happy traveling

Long stay in Penang

by angke

The historic city of George Town is my favorite place of getting around in Penang. I am tired of skyscrapers and tipping those bell boys in star hotels. Here in George Town, Penang, I can live for a month spending less cash with greater experiences. The uncles and aunties who take care of me in those old shophouses are sooooo nice and friendly. Great time talking with them. I fell in love in front of Kapital Keling Mosque close to Little India. Penang is my second home.

Delicious BBQ Chicken Wing

by Silverjames

There is a stall in a coffee shop opposite Penang Chinese Girl School, Bagan Jermal selling bbq chicken wings which worth to try if u are visiting Penang Island. The price is cheap and the chicken wing is very delicious espeacially the chili souce.

Penang Laksa

by snuggie

How could you miss the ever famous local Penang dish,Laksa. Penang Laksa is a sour, fish-based soup dish. It’s made up of specially prepared white Laksa noodles, shredded mackerel, finely sliced vegetables like cucumber, chillies, onions, pineapple, lettuce, mint leaves and ginger buds.
This all time authentic local dish can be found all over Penang in most hawker centers.You’ll sure to love it.


500 gm fresh laksa (rice noodles)
heiko (black prawn paste mixed with boiled water to flowing consistency)
1 kg ikan kembong (mackerel)
1 bunga kantan (ginger flower) - cut into halves
6 stalks daun kesum (Thai basil leaves)
2 cups tamarind juice
2 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
1 tsp sugar
3 stalks serai (lemon grass)
3 cm piece lengkuas (galangal)
250 gm shallots
12 dried chillies - soaked
1 cm piece turmeric
1/2 cm piece belacan (shrimp paste)
1 small cucumber
1 stock lettuce
1/2 pineapple
100 gm mint leaves
3 fresh chillies - sliced
1 onion - finely sliced


Put fish, salt and 5 cups of water in a pan and bring it to boil
When fish is cooked, remove bones and keep fish aside
Simmer bones for at least 30 minutes
Remove bones
Add ground ingredients to fish stock and bring to boil
Add tamarind juice, daun kesum, ginger flower, sugar, fish meat and oil
Simmer for 20 minutes
Gravy should be kept warm till serving time

Put the laksa in a bowl and garnish the laksa with shredded vegetables. Ladle gravy over it and add a little heiko sauce on top. Best eaten when it's hot.


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