Penang Hotels Faqs

Daniel asks…

Is it wise to travel to Singapore to Malaysia in a bus??

I would like to see places whiloe travelling.Also looking for a 3-4 star hotel in Penang,KL and Singapore City.Any sugesstions

Penang Local Boy answers:

Bus travel is ok from Sg to KL.

You may check with the following agencies for Malaysia Travel:

They may have very good package (hotel & bus) with 3-4star hotels.

If you like to take train, this is a useful site with links.


A very cheap no frill hotel in KL,

Hope this helps.

Donald asks…

which hotel I should stay in malaysia/kualampur and penang?

we will go to Kuala lumpur and Peneng for 10 days by the end of December our travel agency give us choices beetween mention below hotels do you have any idea to help me for choicing the best one:
hotels in KL
1- legend hotel
2- Grand Seasons hotel
3- corus hotel
4- Crown princess

hotels in peneng
1- bay view resort
2- holiday Inn

Penang Local Boy answers:

Wow, you have some very different choices there and all vary in quality.

Lets look at Penang First. I definitley would not stay in The Bay View resort. When I was in Penang we had numerous families who checked into our hotel after leaving the Bayview because the standards were not good enough. Saying that, it was 18 months ago so things may have changed, mind I still wouldn’t go if I had the choice, but thats just me!
We were in the Shangri-La Golden Sands- Deluxe Sea View with Balcony. The next time we went we decided to go to the other Shangri-La, it’s called the Rasa Sayang resort and has just re-opened after a multi-million pound refurbishment. It is trully excellent and I would highly reccommend that to you.

The Holiday Inn was better than the Bayview, but I’ve heard it’s also gone downhill so I stick to what I said and reccommend the Shangri-La Hotels first. The Golden Sands is the cheaper of the two but Rasa Sayang is the best.
Whatever you do, don’t go to The Mutiara- it’s miles away from everything and you need to taxi around everywhere!

The night market is outside the Shangri-la hotels and well worth visiting for bargains but do remember to haggle- they expect it!

Your KL hotels are also variable, steer clear of the Corus and the Crown Princess. The Legend is the best on your list along with The Grand Seasons, but The Mandarin Oriental is better!

If I were you, I’d check out something like “trip advisor” see what the current reviews are for all the hotels and make your decision before you part with any cash!

Well done though on choosing Malaysia for your holiday. It is a wonderful place with very friendly people and you will have a trully wonderful time!

Happy Holidays!

PS Always try and upgrade your room if possible especially in Batu Ferringhi (Penang) where you really want an ocean view. Not all rooms have a balcony so check carefully before booking.
The rooms facing the road can be quite noisy in the evenings but the sea views are lovely.
In KL, again try and upgrade if you can to the next category. One thing they do is call all their standard rooms “deluxe rooms” to make you think you are getting a free upgrade, but always ask what the upgrade is. You may find that for just a little extra you can really enjoy some luxury.

Ruth asks…

By Bus or Car from Kuala Lumpur to Penang Island?

I am a tourist and will be in Kuala Lumpur from 30 mar to 4 April. I would like to visit Penang on a full day trip. I am booked to stay at The Corus Hotel – Jalan Ampang. Can someone tell me the quickest way other than air to reach the island of Penang.

Penang Local Boy answers:

Hi Anna!

I just had a great trip by a double deck coach
to Penang recently..and believe me or not..the journey was a breeze and its only takes approximately 4 hours to get there!! The coach fare for one way trip is MYR 55.00/person and in the includes light snacks and beverages onboard. Departure will be at One Utama Shopping Complex located in Bandar Utama and will be arriving in Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal in Penang. From Corus will only takes you less than one hour to get you to One Utama, where the coach departs.

Happy travelling!!

Tips: its actually the best to drive a car yourself to Penang as you can go by own time and do your own things..but it takes you to be extra caution as you are not familiar with the highways or the area..if you taking a bus to go dont have to worry to get lost somewhere..

Jenny asks…

any massage parlours in Penang Malaysia?

I am looking for any massage parlours that are close to major hotels in the area

Penang Local Boy answers:

Under penang bridge

David asks…

The best hotels in Kuala Lumpur?

Me, my husband and my daughter (14) are visiting Malaysia next April to visit my elder daughter who will be studying at University there from January (not sure what the university is called, about 45 minutes from city centre i think) and will be needing a hotel in both KLr and Penang/George town (over the easter weekend). Apart from Bukhit Bintang (?) what are the other mane ‘tourist’areas in KL? Do you have any recommendations for cheap, smaller hotels other than the large Shangri-La, Traders etc.? Any personal recommendations or information on location is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance :)

Penang Local Boy answers:

Try the ‘ Tune’ hotels. There is one very near the main bus station in KL.

Rooms are clean and reasonable sized, no restaurant on site, but price includes choice of breakfast at ajoining coffee shop.

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