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Butterworth has always been regarded as the poor sister or step-sister of Penang island. Tourists know it as a transit point between Kuala Lumpur and Thailand or Indonesia. At first look, it looks like a cowboy town, rough at the edges and contain little else. Well, in these pages, I'll try to introduce another face of Butterworth.

Photo - on the way.

Gourmet Centre

OK, Butterworth is both a town and a district. Confused? Well, what outsiders know as Butterworth town is actually know locally as Bagan, with its colonial field in the centre. Butterworth itself is really a district that comprises other towns and lots of housing estates.

The most vibrant area of Butterworth is Jalan Raja Uda or Raja Uda Road. It is one long road with numerous housing estates that is filled with all types of businesses, especially food. At night, it really comes alive. There are Chinese family restaurants, coffee shops, hawker centres, Indian-Muslim food shops, street food, vegetarian food shops, organic food shops, economy rice food shops etc.

On this single road, there are six banks. That tells you the state of the economy of Jalan Raja Uda.

To get to this vibrant area, from the jetty, take a bus to Bagan Ajam. There are many buses. From the jetty, it takes at least 20 mins due to five traffic lights. Get down after the 6th traffic light or when you see the Public Bank (on your left).Cross the road and you will be at Jalan Tambi Kecil. Walk straight and when you reach a T-junction with traffic lights, that is Jalan Raja Uda.

Photo - on the way

  • Intro Updated Nov 3, 2010
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Hi! how did you get on with your trip to Yangshuo and Longji? did you go up and stay up there? i stayed at Tiantaizhou from Dazhai and loved it! might try to go back to Yuanyang for autumn colours in october though. love being here in China but time goes too quickly and so much to see! where are you travelling to next?

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Sep 17, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Hello Angela, Yangshuo was nice except when I was drenched in the rain while watching Liu San Jia. I like Longji better, though. I shall be going to Japan next.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Sep 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Yes i loved Longji - I stayed at Tiantouzhai and loved it up there. I got drenched up there too...totally heavy rainstorm but beautiful! Enjoy Japan! - will you go for the autumn colours time? i hope to visit Japan during the cherry or plum blossom season one day! I might fly to Kanas national park tomorrow for the autumn colours Ive heard are coming into colour already. All the best.

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    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Happy birthday ,dear ,lots of health and best wishes..

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    Apr 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Happy Birthday An!

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Hello Vinod, thank you for your birthday greeting! I see you are from Rajasthan. That's a place I want to visit in the future. :-)

    • vinod-bhojak's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:02 AM

      You are welcome to Rajasthan. if you need any information let me know without any hesitation.

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    Apr 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      Hi, thank you for the birthday greeting! Your profile picture is unusual. :-)

  • Sienlu's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Happy Birthday An!

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Hi, Barbara, thank you for taking the time to send me the birthday greeting. You are the first VT staff member I actually have contact with, in a more personal way. Thank you!

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      Apr 9, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Glad to hear, kahnjetta (Laurie) who wished you happy birthday below is also staff, :) Hope you had a great birthday. :)

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    Apr 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Happy birthday! :-)

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    Apr 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Happy Birthday ,hope you have a wonderful day:)

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    Apr 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Cheers for your B/D!

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      Thank you, Nelson! What an unusual name you have chosen to use in VT!

  • sinou's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Hi An: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. wishing, 2014 , bring you a lot of happiness and prosperity..sinou.

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      Hello, how are you? Sorry, I have not been active in VT for a long time, too busy with work.

  • cal6060's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Hi An, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Family : )

    • anoum's Profile Photo
      Dec 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM

      Thank you, the same to you too! Are you back in Sabah to celebrate?

    • cal6060's Profile Photo
      Dec 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      I will be in KL and only be back during Chinese New Year!Enjoy your holiday !

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