Penang Hotels Faqs

Donald asks…

Penang Golden Sands Resort?

Anyone stayed there recently? How’s their deluxe seafacing room like? 30 sq m seems very small – enough room for 2 adults & 2 kids? Furniture looks simple & dated from websites. Doesn’t look like a 4-star hotel to me. RM490++ is their best guaranteed rate. Pricey, huh? But it managed by Shangri-la, so must be worth it. What do you think?
Ok, maybe I didn’t make myself clearer. I intend to stay there, make full use of their facilities – gym, sunbathing, swimming & generally lazing around. Not going anywhere else. Maybe evening time go nearby pasar malam & hawker stalls.
Audrey -They have family room with no balcony ’cause facing hill & mosque, will disturb my sleep during calls for dawn prayers. I prefer seaview (don’t mind paying a little extra for that). My kids aged 7 & 10. Yes, they say RM490 their best price. Even say if I find any website with lower price than theirs, they will match it.
Myra – sound advice. Will check with ParkRoyal. Thanks. :-)
j-lilac – TQ.

Penang Local Boy answers:

I never been to Shangri-la Golden Sands before but i did stayed in Grand Plaza Parkroyal Beach Resort that sit just beside The Shangrila..for the price of RM490.00++ is ridiculous for an outdated rooms and facilities..i would like prefer recommend to you to stay at ParkRoyal as their Grand Deluxe Room with Balcony and nice seaview only about RM460.00++ and comes with free breakfast. I’m sure their room comfortable enough to accomodate you and your kids.

And their facilities are great too! As for your kids, you can simply send them to the hotel’s kidsclub and leave them there as there are hotel’s staff who will takes care of them for free ( 4 years and above only, while baby will be charge at RM10.00 per hour)..while your kids enjoying their playtime, you can take your spouse to go for sightseeing or do some outdoor recreational activities like the jet ski or para-sailing which located at the hotel’s beach frontage…

Eventhough the other hotel was managed by Shangrila..for the price of that..its does not worth your $$..and furthermore, the Parkroyal just had their rooms refurbished and everything is brand new…

And oh! For your added info…just do not spend your money in Parkroyal’s restaurant or room service..!! Its blo*dy expensive!! Imagine the price for a plate of Kampung Fried Rice is RM38.00++!!!! And Fresh Orange Juice is RM25.00++!! Really cekik darah…its much the better to go out from the hotel and eat somewhere along the road infront of the hotel..which also sells those cheap DVD!! RM4.00 per dvd!!

Enough saying..hahaha…have a great holiday in Penang!

Thomas asks…

i am visiting malaysia and need advise from locals & frequent visitors?

i am planning to visit KL & Penang in Malaysia with my wife & kid.

Please shoot some comments what to do and not to do there.

best places to visit & 2star or 3 star hotels (provide internet & breakfast) in both places

Penang Local Boy answers:

N KL, there are many hotel around KL Twin Tower and Jalan Bukit Bintang check out here

These two areas are good for shopping.

Places to visit in KL;
- A definite itinerary would be Petronas Twin Tower and its sky bridge (… The KL Convention Centre nearby has an underwater park, Aquaria KLCC
- KL Tower
- Petaling Street, which is the China Town in Malaysia
- Thean Hou Temple

In Penang, recommended hotel –

Places to visit in Penang;
- Kek Lok Si temple
- Pinang Peranakan Mansion
- Batu Ferringhi

Steven asks…

Which Malaysian Island would you recommend?

We are a family with an older teenager. Am familiar with Malaysia, have plenty of family out there so will be visiting SP, KL, Seramban and Kluang but are also looking for a relaxing hotel-based destination by the beach for a few nights. Having already been to Penang, was thinking of islands such as Redang, Langkawi or Pangkor although Penang is not out of the question as it was a few years ago that visited here. What’s it like now? Thanks! :)

Penang Local Boy answers:

Pulau Perhentian.

Helen asks…

IMMIG Associates, 109 Jalan Kuchin, Kuala lumpur. Malaysia. Phone:60166948367. is this address is correct.?

Dear all, today I received a letter from IMMING Associates regarding my job offer in Crown jewel hotel. Penang, Malysia. they ask me to sent 650US$ as service charge for obtaining my work permit in malaysia. pl’s tell me the adress which I mentioned is right. the contact person name is Mr.Fariza Hussain,

Penang Local Boy answers:

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Robert asks…

Where can I buy the following electronic items in Thailand or Penang, Malaysia?

I am living in Southern Thailand, near Trang. I have several electronic problems:
1. My At&T Pantech cell phone will not charge since I was in Hong Kong. I do not know if I blew it up when I was in the Hong Kong hotel room by not using the correct adapter..anyway, are there AT&T phones for sale in Thailand? I know I can go online, but it takes too long to ship. Any tips?
2. Where I can buy an IPOD charger? Is Tesco a good buy?
3. Is there an online store in Thailand similar to Amazon/Ebay but ships from Thailand so it is not so expensive?

Thank you soooo much! I appreciate your help.

Penang Local Boy answers:

For an on-line electronic store try Power Buy, they ship in Thailand and they have lots of items and decent prices (cameras, cell phones, TVs, home appliances, etc), they downside is, you have to understand Thai to order the stuff (or give them a call and see if anyone speaks english).


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