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George Town

I really liked George Town, where I stayed for a few days while travelling from KL to Langkawi.
I expect at one time Singapore looked similar before they started pulling down the old houses.
A lot of the buildings are probably the same as they were 40 or 50 years ago, apart from the fact they have aged of course. Classic Chinese architecture with '5-foot ways' and shutters on the windows.
The population appear to be mainly Chinese but there are also Indian and Muslim areas.

Indian population

India features highly in the ethnic mix of Malaysia. Around Georgetown are several Indian temples, restaurants and a large Indian population

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of original buildings and still fairly unspoilt
  • Cons:Limited stuff to do if you're there for more than a few days
  • In a nutshell:An interesting place to stay for a few days
  • Last visit to George Town: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jrs1234's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2003 at 12:50 PM

    Nice page Phil - my experience here was slightly soured by getting pickpocketed, but it's a nice place nonetheless. Enjoyed the Strepsils tale!

  • A2002's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2003 at 11:37 AM

    That's the drain rather than a sewer. The Health centers are also called massage parlours. lol @ the strepsils...Perhaps he thinks that u wants Strepsils. If u gonna still b in SEA in late Jan, u should be able to see lion dance again. CNY is 22 Jan 2004.

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2003 at 4:12 AM

    I read about the Deepavali thingy in Penang. You sure had enjoyed yourself. Nice page and good accommodation info.

  • Aug 31, 2003 at 1:02 PM

    Japanese people, their antics, the way the can be fascinated about everything... they have this innoncence.. you know what I mean?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 9:33 PM

    The great thing about Malaysia & Singapore is the cultural diversity. Georgetown looks great. Chinese NY is sure a great time to be in Asia.. Loved your photos.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2003 at 4:11 PM

    Great page with beautiful photos Phil! I would love to see a lion dancing ceremony one day, fascinating!

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2003 at 4:21 PM

    Those Japanese are really funny. In Ayutthaya they were hilarious.

  • kimmo_v's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2003 at 11:42 PM

    Excellent page of beautiful G:town!
    I totally agree your w&d tip! LOL


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