George Town Travel Guide, Malaysia
Georgetown, Malaysia - Overview
Georgetown is situated on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Being the capital of Penang it is also listed as a World Heritage Site. Georgetown has a population of around six hundred thousand people. People here belong mainly to two different cultures and religions i.e. the Chinese and the Muslim religions. During the weekends, you can find shops having their shutters down.
People here are tolerant to other religions as you can hear the Muslims prayer at their regular prayer time and the Chinese with their traditional burning of incense and worshipping on the footpaths. Morning is the time when you get to eat only Chinese food as they are the only people who open up their stalls early and you get nothing except food.
People traveling to this city have a problem with public transport, as it is not well maintained. There are ferries that take you around the city. Buses halt at all the stops so you can get to see the city if you are able to learn about the transport system. You also need to know that you will have to find other means of transport if you are venturing out after 10 in the night as the service is not available after this time not only on weekdays but also even on weekends and public holidays. A taxi will charge you a hundred percent surcharge if you decide to travel after midnight. Never make the mistake of traveling by public transport if you wish to reach the airport on time.
You can rent motorbikes, cycles or even bikes in Penang and the rental facility can be utilized for days and months according to your stay. This rental system is much cheaper than hiring a cab or moving around in public transport.
A thing to note is that the street names are confusing. As a new comer to this city, if you decide to walk around then you need to be extra careful as the streets do not have many footpaths and the ones they have are a real nightmare to all the pedestrians. It becomes highly impossible to walk where there are no footpaths as there is heavy traffic with open sewers, which are not only deep but also wide and disgustingly filthy.
Lastly, the city is trying hard to preserve its national heritage by restoring the old crumbling buildings with the work going on slowly but steadily.
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