Boat to Langkawi
We went by boat to langkawi. I was afraid because of what I read in the Lonely Planet guide. but we had no problem at all. Is was well organised, in 2,5 hours we were there. The tickets I bought on line.
Take the funicular in Kek Lok Si
Kek Lok Si was built on a hill and there is a seperate hill inside the the temple-area, where a funicular will take you up to a place with a great view and also with a giant bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Goddess of Mercy that was unfortunately covered under scaffolding in March 2009, BUT hopefully that should be over now !
There is a small fee and almost no waitingtime, so we took that funicular instead of walking up.
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By Cruise to George Town
I came by cruiseship to George Town / Penang. The port is too small there for ordinary cruiseships to dock, so you have to calculate some extra time for tenderservice, when you cruise to George Town.
But once you have landed with the tenderboat you are in the interesting part of town already with a lot to see also when you intend to just take a walk.
For me there was an extra surprise when we arrived there in 2009: Anchored in some distance from my ship M/S Delphin Voyager there was also the giant "Regent Seven Seas Voyager" and the Saga Rose, that you can see here in my main Picture. She was one of the 2 best ships in the world in 1982, when I did work there and she was then named Sagafjord. She was built in the old, elegant style and does'nt she look like a sportscar against the "truck" of Regent Cruises...
Take a Teksi / Taxi
In case that you plan to organize your own Sightseeingtour through Georgetown & Penang, a taxi is your best Option, as puplic Transport is not so well organized there !
There will be lots of Taxis waiting at the Pier where the tenderboats of your cruiseship will take you to and when you fix your price in advance you will have no misunderstandings and problems at the end of the trip !
Taxidrivers are not so very "pushy" In Georgetown like it happened to me in India or Sri Lanka, here they are relaxed, you can haggle a bit about the price and at the end there is no bad discussion.
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Take a Trisha or Riksah
Taking a Trisha or Riksah in order to explore George Town is certainly a very nice way, as it goes very slowly and you can go to many places, where cars cannot go.
It is a pity I had no time to do this myself, but lots of people onboard of my cruiseship did it and enjoyed it a lot.
Fix the Price in advance, so there will be no bad surprises at the end of your trip !
When your cruiseship arrives in port there will be lots of Trishas waiting at the pier for customers !
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Penang Bridge is a Tollbridge between George Town on the island Penang and Seberang Point on the Malaysian Mainland.
That dual carriageway was opened in 1985 and has a total length of 13,5 km / 8,4 Miles. It is the 2nd longest bridge in Malaysia.
The hight of the bridge-towers above the water is 101,5 meters
The hight of the bridge above the water is 33 meters
- Road Trip
On the Bike
Georgetown is Bicycle friendly and some road have lanes for Bicycles. You can rent a bicycle from most bicycle stores around the Georgetown. You can also rent bicycles from Most Hotels and Lodges.
But be very careful when riding around Town during peak hours.
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The Penang Rapid Buses are Modern,reliable and cheaper. You can get this buses at their main station called "KOMTAR" in Georgetown City Centre. when you're at KOMTAR just make sure you get into the right bus. The Buses serve only Penang Island and It will be an easy and cheaper way of getting around Georgetown and other areas around the Island
The buses use codes so if you're not sure which bus,don't be afraid to ask the people at the Station.
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Flights to/from Penang.
There is an airport on the southeastern tip of Penang, Penang International Airport, at the distance of 16 km from Georgetown.
I post the link to the airport here, and here I post the link to Wikipedia which has good information on the airport.
Train journeys to/from Penang.
If you want to go by train to Penang, then you will have to search the trains for Butterworth and from there take the ferry to Georgetown. Remember to put "Sentral Kuala Lumpur" as origin, or destination if you are going to KL. Sentral is the main railway station.
You can also look at this pdf for times.
You find bus station underneath the KOMTAR complex.
Driving across Penang bridge.
One way of getting over to George Town from the mainland is driving across the Penang Bridge and i do personally consider the bridge an attraction aswell as something you can drive over as it's quite a pretty construction in my eyes.
The bridge is 13,5 kilometers long and it's a toll bridge so you need to pay to cross it, but the price is not very high.
Be aware though that pedestrians and bicycles are not allowed on the bridge though, so they will need to use the ferry when crossing.
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Night train to KL
The night train to Kuala Lumpur leaves Butterworth on the mainland at 11pm and arrives at 6.40am. The seats are comfortable but beware of the air conditioning, try to find some blankets or wear a coat, it is freezing.
Komtar bus terminal
It's an err.. um... interesting place to say the least.
The idea is that on the Lane signboards are the bus numbers that will arrive/ depart from that lane. Provided you know what bus number you want (any local will be able to help you there), the theory is that you wait in that lane and, sooner or later, your bus will arrive. Like I said, that's the theory.
In practice, some bus numbers go through this terminal at a much more frequent rate than others. Sometimes a backlog in buses occur as the ones that arrive first, don't seem to want to leave unless they have a full load. This creates havoc so the buses that are queued up in the street outside the terminal waiting to get it, randomly pick another empty lane and stop there. It can end up being like winning the lotto, trying to guess what lane your bus will turn up in. If it's not the one you're in, you'll get to play a game of Frogger, trying to cross lanes with buses transiting through at breakneck speed only to discover the bus leaving just as you get there!
Should you just miss the last bus and have to wait a while, there are toilets in the area and a newsagent stand with some food and water.
For those sensitive to pollution, you may want to find somewhere else to wait, as the carbon monoxide build up gets to shocking levels. There are exhaust fans in the roof, but most of the time they seem woefully inadequate.
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- Budget Travel
what transport?! walk...
pubic transport is still in a mess... though I'm wondering if the free circuit buses that go around the city centre are still running...
LATEST NEWS: Finally, we are going to get a so-called monorail system on the island to be build in the next 5 years! There will be some changes to the bus systems as well. Hope all will be good...
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