CITY INFO
PENANG/GEORGETOWN, MALAYSIA

Area Code 05 $1=RM3.22 Nov 5, 2007

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i1 Tourist Office MTPB: Northern region, 10 Jl.Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah T2619067 M-F8:30-16:00, Sa8:30-12:00, lunch-break:13-14, F: 12:15-14:45 Very helpful. Lots of info. mtpbpen@tourism.gov.my
Useful publication
'Penang Malaysia' has handy info about sights, bus routes, festivals.
Tourist News Paper: contains lots of useful info RM2.00
i2 Tourist Office: 3F KOMTAR, Jl Penang T2614461 M-Sa 10-18, flexible lunch break. Sells map of city RM1.5, phone cards, ferry tickets. Helpful, knowledgeable.
i3 Penang TA: GF, Pesara King Edward, Jl Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah T2616663 8-17:00 Hardly any info, go to Northern region office, listed above.
Banks : Many near GPO on Lebuh Pantai, Jl Captain Kling Mosque, Lebuh Bishop. M-F10-15, Sa9-11:30 T/C charge RM5 /transaction plus 0.15RM/check Moneychangers better option. $1cash=RM3,77 $1T/C=RM3,765
$ HSBC: Lebuh Pantai M-F9:30-15:30, Sa9:30-11:30 No charge for Thomas Cook T/C encashment, other T/C's RM5 + 0.15/cheque ATM
$ Maybank: L. Buckingham: M-F 9:00-16:00
$ Moneychangers: Everywhere in town center & along Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai. Open till late. No charge, better rates for cash. Rate: $1cash=RM3.32, $1T/C= RM3.28 100yen=RM2.9, T/C RM2.85 Count money carefully
$ Moneychangers: at the butterworth train station. The rate for T/C is good. $1cash=RM3.79, $1T/C= RM3.77
$a ATM: many in town.

I Immigration Lh Light T2615122 M-Th8-12:15,14-17:00, F8-12:45, 14:45-16:15, Sa8-12:45
P1 Tourist Police T2615522, ext 409 Lbh Pantai same bldg as "normal" Police
P2 Police Office Jl. Penang emergency 999
Hospital:
H1 General Hospital: Jl. Residenci T2293333
H2 Adventist Hospital: Jl Burmah T2261133
H3 Penang Med. Ctr.: 1 Jl Pangkor
H4 Pharmacy: GF. KOMTAR, 10-22:00
H5 Georgetown Farmas,
Jl Pantai+Gat Lebuh China, M-F9-18:00,Sa9-13:00
H6 Farmasi Izuhan: Jl Campbell, nr Jl Cinter
M0 Post OfficeGPO: Lebuh Downing, M-Th8:30-17, F8:30-18, Sa8:00-16:00. Poste Restante Office: N from main entrance.
M Post Office: Lebuh Buckingham opp. Kapitan Kling Mosque
M1 Telephone Office: Syarikat Telekom Malaysia, jl.Burma International calls, fax, telegram, International operator 108 Local phone call RM0.10. Coin & card phones everywhere. Several types of telephone card systems in operation - for more details see Malaysia General Info section.
Some internet cafes offer IP telephone

Embassies/Consulates
E61 Australia: T263-3320
E880 Bangladesh: T261-1196
E44 UK: C/O Plantation Agencies, 2fl, Standard Ch. Bank, Lebuh Pantai, T262-5333
E45 Denmark: T262-4886
E358 Finland: T229-4100
E33 France: T262-9707
E49 Germany: C/O O E Design, Bayen Lepas Free Trade Zone, T647-1288
E36 Hungary: T643-3901
E32 Netherland: Algemen Bank Netherland, 9 Lebuh Pantai T2616471 M-F9:00-13:00
E7 Russia: T262-2944
E94 Sri Lanka: T261-3093
E46 Sweden: T262-5333
E90 Turkey: T261-5999
E66 Thai: #1 Jl Tunku Abdul Rahman T226-8029, M-F9:00-12:00 (until 16:00 for visa collection) 2 month visa costs RM110 (agency RM130), issued next afternoon. 2 Photos
transport: Buses- Juara #7, Sri Negara #136,137 stop in front of St George's school, Jl Utama
E62 Indonesian: 467 Jl Burmah T227-5141, M-F8:30-13:00, 14:00-16:30, F12:00-14:00, transport: Buses - Hin Co Blue Bus #93,94,102, Mini 26,31,88,202
E81 Japanese: 2 Jl Biggs T226-3030

Transport
A Bayen Lepas Airport: 18km S from Georgetown T6434411 transport: taxi to town - 30min (From the airport coupon RM23 Bus yellow #83(RM1.40), min bus #71?. to/from Pengkalan Weld, via KOMTAR,hourly 6:00-22:00 on the hour
Airlines
BA British Airways: 17 Bushop street
QF Qantas: 17 Bushop street
MH MAS: A1.04-07 Gr fl KOMTAR, Jl Penang,T2621403, M-F8:30-17,Sa9-16:30,Su9-13
CX Cathay Pacific: AIABldg. LebulFarquijar,T226-0411F2260411
CI China Airlines: T228-6227
EK Emirates: T263-1100
BR Eva Air: T226-1484
NW Northwest: T227-5299
TG Thai Airways: Wisma Central,202 Jl Macalister T2266000
SA South African Airways: T229-3318
SQ Singapore Airlines: Wisma Penang Garden, 42 Jl Sultan Ahmad Shah T226-3201
UA United Airliens: T263-6020
T Train Station: Butterworth (mainland), near ferry terminal. T2610290 There's a cafe next to the station.
T Ticket Office: Ferry terminal Georgetown side, Closes at 19:00
B1 Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal(Main): just S from the Penag Bridge. The most buses leave from here. Tickets are sold at Prangin Mall next to KOMTOR. The pickup service from KOMTOR to Sungai Nibong is RM2 additional. Access: Bus from Weld Quay Terminal(ferry port) U301, 303, 401, RM1.5
B2 Bus Station: Butterworth, complex near ferry terminal. and the train station. Most bus originating from B2 stop here.
! Warning: Travel Agency/GH's prices vary - some agents in Batu Ferringhi charge double.
F2 Ferry: Swettenham Pier. Services to Langkawi, Medan (Sumatra)

City Transport
Penang has an excellent transport system.RM1.0+
B3 Weld Quay Terminal: at the port of the ferry to Butterworth.
to Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal(Main bus terminal): Take U301, U303, U401
(RM1.0) about 30 mins.
To Airport: U401, 1 hour
To But Feringi, U101, U105 40mins
To Teluk Bahang U101 50mins
B4

KOMTAR Station: Main bus terminal.Georgetown. Many of the tourist buses leave from here. Hotel pick-up is often included if you book transport through GH or travel agency.
B MPPP Bus: from Victoria Athlete Terminal, to Airport (RM2), No3 bus to George Town, No7 to Botanical garden
Taxis: (non-metered), RM4-6 within the city.
Rickshaws: RM3-6 within the city. charged per rickshaw, not per person
Rental: Rental shops along Lebuh Chulia.Bicycles RM5/24hurs, Motor bikes, RM30-40/day, may need driver's license. Check if includes insurance.
rb1 Parez Book Store: 419 Lebuh Chulia motorbike RM20/24hurs
rb2 Banana GH: RM24/24hurs
F1 Ferry: Local: Pengkalan Weld ferry terminal (Georgetown) to Butterworth (Mainland), 24hrs service - every 20 mins during day, less frequently at night. RM1.20 charged on Butterworth to Georgetown direction only. Exact change. Change booths at entrance.

Travel Agents: Many operating along Lebuh Chulia
Often the buses are fully booked with the Lebuh Chulia Travel Agents so it is better to go to the Komtar bldg.(G floor) where only the locals usually go, or agents near the Pengkalan Weld ferry terminal.
ta1 Silver Econ Travel Service: 438 Lebuh Chulia, M-F9:00-18:00,Sa9:00-15:00 T2629882, One of the few back-packer friendly agents Lots of useful info, free maps.
ta2 MSL Travel: Ming Court Inn Lobby, Jl Manchester T2372655
ta3 Paradise Travel: penang@paradise.group.com.my

Shopping/Other
Markets: Night market changes location often - check with tourist office/locals
m Hawker Area: Esplandade-local, Gurvey Drive-Chinese
m Flee Market: G9-13:00, Lorong Kulit.
m Wet market: Burmah Lane
s Supermarket: GF of KOMTAR and GAMA shopping center, next to Komtar.
s 7-eleven: W end of Lebuh Chulia, 24h
s Madura: near the Indian restaurant Kassim Mustafa. Cheap water RM1 for 1.5liter
Souvenir shops: Many along Jl Penang, Jl Burmah & Lebuh Campbell
s Lavanya Arts: Jl Masjid Weger, Tu-Su11:00-17:00, Non-profit handicraft store.
Book Shops: several 2nd hand book shops on Lebuh Chulia
s H.S.Sam Book Shop: 473 Lebuh Chulia + Lebuh Cintra, M-Sa9:30-20, New books & magazines.
s Paruez Book Store: 419 Lebuh Chulia
Photo Several photography shops along Lebuh Chulia, Development RM4, + 3R = RM0.30/print, 4R- RM 0.40-50. takes 1 hour - 1 day.
s Konica Photo Express: 370 C Lebuh Chulia, next to Stardust Cafe
Laundry
Warning! Always measure your laundry BEFORE you give it in to assure correct charges
la Laundry Many guesthouses offer laundry service RM4/load or 3RM/kg
la Bee Bee: 395, Lh Chulia, 1kilo/RM5, takes 1 day
la laundry shop: on Love Lane 1kg/RM4 give before 10:00 get after 16:00


Entertainment
Cinema: Weekend cost more.
c Cathay Cineplex: Prangin Mall 5F (RM8)
Cabaret
e Babylon Boom Boom: China St Gaut, T2622601, Cabaret (Drag). Dress code - No singlets/slippers.
Discos
e Modesto: Reported to be most popular disco for Malaysians.
Bars: Many good bars on N side of Lebuh Chulia

Festival - 2004
Feb 4-5 Thaipusam: Hindu Festival
Feb 1 Chinese New Year's Day:
April 13 Thinyang & Songkran Festival: Thais' festival
May 3 Wesak Day: Buddhism tradition to celebrate Buddha's birthday
May 30-June 6 Penang International Floral Festival: parade with many beautiful floral carriages.
June 12-20 Penang International Dragon Boat: Mengkuang Dam (lake)
June 22-27 Penang International Beach Carnival: Ferringhi Beach, sport events
July 10 Penang`s Governor`s Birthday: a grand parade is held on Esplanade street.
July 17 Penang Bon Odori Charity Carnival: splanade - Japanese inspired festival
Aug 30 National Day: Celebration of the anniversary of Independence, Parades, shows,
Sep 28 Penang Lantern Festival.: Chinese Mooncake Festival
October Kiu Ong Yah Festival: religious festival through the month at various shrines
November 6 Deepavali: Hindu festival of Lights. Held in Little India
Dec 1-30 Penang Festival: in Sungai Nibong

@ Internet @
Many internet services on Leboh Chulia now charge less than RM2-3/hr Many GHs have free internet access.
@1 Fantacin Computer: Lebuh Chulia, next to 7-11, RM3/hr
@2 Omegatec Computer: Love Lane, RM2/hr
@3 Timenet: Lebuh Chulia + Lebul Citra, RM2/hr, oversee call RM0.5/min

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