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Feb 8, 2005 - Chinese New Year in George Town, Malaysia

Written by Karen and Ted: We spent two nights in George Town on Penang Island during the beginning of the Chinese New Year. We chose to go to George Town during this time because Ted had read in the Lonely Planet that Penang has one of the largest populations of ethnic Chinese in Malaysia, and they are more traditional than in big cities like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. We took a bus there from Kuala Lumpur, and noticed as we left the city that cars going through the "Smart Tag" lane on the tollway received free newspapers and snack boxes....

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Feb 3, 2005 - No Seats just Beds - No Beds just Seats?!?!?!?

Our second train journey 12hours long (2nd class seats again!!) to the Oriental Pearl of Malaysia - Penang a small island off the west coast of Malaysia.... We are a little more prepared this time as we bought anti neck breaking pillows which strap to your head - I promise a photo will follow of this fine sight!!! Well the train journeys are not getting any better Mattys behavior on the train is gradually worsing by the hour!! I thought I'd seen him grumpy at his worst on flights however trains is a whole different ball game altogether!!!...

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Nov 30, 2004 - Georgetown Penang

I left the white sand beaches of Langkawi and took a ferry over to Penang. I met a couple of really interesting guys who are essentially professional travellers, one of whom has been to over 80 countries! Something to aim for I suppose. The 3 of us stayed at a guesthouse which was a converted colonial building and has loads of character, great pillars at the entrance and high ceilings. We spent the evening shopping (the guys stocked up on DVDs and computer software while I bought some nail varnish!) and had some great dim sum in China town....

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Nov 15, 2004 - Georgetown (Penang)

We decided that it must be the law that every bus journey you take in Malaysia must take six hours and must be extremely uncomfortable! We arrived in Georgetown in Penang in the early afternoon of the 13th. We were immediately a little disappointed as we had expected Penang to be a small quiet traditional island and Georgetown to be a small quaint town, but instead it was another huge, busy, noisy city! After checking into our adequate hotel our first stop was Pizza Hut! The best thing about large cities is that you'll always find a...

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Nov 5, 2004 - Georgetown, Penang

The journey to Penang was pretty uneventful - a couple of hours on a boat with movies and refreshments - puts the British transport system to shame!! To be honest I slept most of the way - I seem to be becoming very adept at sleeping on public transport. As we arrived at the port, I saw a couple of English guys that Irecognised from out and about in Langkawi so I plucked up the courage to say 'Hi'. We ended up sharing a cab to the area where all the hostels are and staying at the same place which was really cool as I was so apprehensive...

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Mar 25, 2004 - Running for the Boarder

katrina - chris and i are in penang malaysia. we took a bus down from krabi thailand to get a 60 day thai visa. we got on a bus at 9am, standing room only. it was supposed to be air conditioned. little did we know that that simply means "cold" air blows on you from tiny little vents overhead. if you don't have a seat, you can't feel the cool air. after about 2 hours of standing with a bunch of men sweating all over us, a seat was available. thank goodness. i forgot to wear my tennis shoes and my flip flopped feet were begining to really...

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