What’s the fuss about Penang, anyway?

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Can’t understand what is it about the island of Penang that makes people talk non-stop about it? Frankly, neither can we.

It’s just an island for heaven’s sake! White sandy beaches with water as clear as the sky, food that keeps you craving for it for months and a juxtaposition of past and present culminating in one island. That’s all Penang has to offer to it’s visitors. Seriously, who wants to relax and dip their feet in clear water while planning their next meal or stroll along the art street while soaking in the rich history?

But if you still don’t believe us and want to make a trip to Penang despite our warning, we figured, we better list some budget accommodations so that you can quickly zip in and out should you agree with us. Plus, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Proceed with caution when you head to the nearest nasi kandar, assam laksa, char kuey teow and cendol stalls. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Chulia Court The Tavern

If you are a social butterfly, try staying in this boutique guesthouse that is known to have the only heritage fusion restaurant in town. It also offers you music bar for you to loosen up and meet people.

Nearby attractions: Upside down museum, Kapitan Keling mosque, Penang 3D trick art museum

Price: RM40.00 (Breakfast included)

Address: 355,357 & 359, Lebuh Chulia 10200 Pulau Pinang

Contact: +60 4-261 3809

Website: http://chuliacourt.com.my/

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Couzi Chouji

This historical boutique guesthouse is situated within an old building that was restored and it is located in the center of UNESCO World Heritage zone.

Nearby attractions: Armenian Street Art Walk, Guan Yin Temple, Penang Jetty, Penang Street Art Wall Painting

Price: RM25 – RM29

Address: 84 Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, Penang, 10200, Malaysia

Contact: +60 4-251 9585

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Dou Houz Guest House

You’ll be signing up to a very comfortable stay at this modishly decorated guesthouse cum cafe. This place also includes accommodation such as air conditioning, clothes rack and a flat-screen TV to ensure a great stay.

Nearby attractions: Komtar and Prangin Mall, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Little Penang Street Market, St George’s Anglican Church

Price: RM240 (Triple room with private bathroom)

Address: 169, Lebuh Noordin George Town, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 12-660 3679

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Noob Hostel

More on the quiet side of town, this pod-style dormitory hostel is decorated with wall murals and the beds are equipped with air conditioners, reading lights and privacy curtain. The added bonus, they are also renting classic bikes for RM20/day and in-house guests are entitle to 50% discount.

Nearby attractions: Little India, Street Mural Wall Art, the Clan Jetties and Khoo Kongsi, KOMTAR, Ferry and Weld Quay Bus Terminal

Price: RM55/single dorm, RM110/double dorm

Address: 484, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 4-263 1125

Website: http://www.noobhostel.com

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Paper Pepper Delights

Creatively decorated, Paper Pepper Delights is popular among travelers who seek simplicity and comfort. Additionally, they also provide good food in Paper Pepper cafe as well as BBQ facilities for those who wants to cook.

Nearby attractions: Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Fort Cornwallis

Address: 70,Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling,10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

Price: RM25++

Contact: +60 16-465 9581

Website: https://www.facebook.com/paperpepperalways/

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Queen’s Hostel

The decoration of this place is fitting for a queen, which I assume that is what they’re going for when opening this female-only guesthouse. The accommodations provided suits a woman’s stay that includes powder room, vanity mirror, stylish lounge and queen’s canopy.

Nearby attractions:  Masjid Kapitan Keling, First Avenue, Chew Jetty, Gurney Plaza,, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Chulia Street

Price: RM59

Address: 22, Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 13-489 6218

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Rope Walk Guesthouse

For an affordable price, Rope Walk Guesthouse ain’t so bad at all. It is comfortable for a short stay and you won’t be awaken at night from noises, thanks to the peaceful environment. The staff are friendly too!

Nearby attractions: Sun Yat Sen Museum, Asia Camera Museum, Upside Down Museum, Yin’s Sourdough Bakery & Cake.

Price: RM26

Address: 76&78, Jalan Pintal Tali, 10100, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 4-264 5769

Website: https://www.facebook.com/rope.walk.guest.house/

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Siok Hostel @ Georgetown

Built for flashpackers, this place generated quite a number of good reviews due to great hospitality and environment. The lounge area is equipped with entertainments such as TV, dart boards, Foosball table, board games and magazines. Moreover, you’ll get a free breakfast to start your day in Penang.

Nearby attractions: The Camera Museum, Cheong Fatt Tze Museum, Penang Bazaar, Sams Batik House

Price: RM36

Address: 458, Lebuh Chulia, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact:+60 4-263 2663

Website: http://www.staysyok.com/

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Sogor Girls Dormitory

Sogor Girls Dormitory looks like a fancy stay for girls that screams slumber party. The interior is neatly decorated and promises a snugly stay. They prepare an R&R corner for chill out activities such as reading or playing board games.

Nearby attractions: Nagore Square, Asia Camera Museum, Soul Cafe, Basil le Bistro, Little Art House

Price: RM68 (weekdays: Sun-Thurs); RM78(weekends: Fri-Sat)

Address: 12, Jalan Kek Chuan, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact+60 4-227 8200

Website: http://www.sogor.my/

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The 80’s Guesthouse

Staying true to the original characters of the building makes The 80’s Guesthouse a unique and authentic vintage stay where one can just pleasantly feel the 80’s vibe that are a world’s apart from our modern day.

Nearby attractions: Fort Cornwallis, New Lane Hawker Centre, Khoo Kongsi, The Camera Museum, Penang Time Tunnel 3D Museum

Price: RM30-RM38

Address: Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 4-263 8806

Website: http://www.the80sguesthouse.com/

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Wassup Youth Hostel

Much like its name, this is a great place for youth to mingle. There is pool table, LCD TV and lounge area for you to engage in social activities. Plus, you can just step outside for food at local hawkers nearby.

Nearby attractions: Komtar, 1st Avenue Mall, Asia Camera Museum, Upside Down Museum

Price: RM38

Address: 495, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 4-261 8611

Website: https://www.facebook.com/wassupyouthhostel/

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Mira Aziz

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Most times she’s pretty normal but other times she’ll run around like her pants are on fire. She prefers to keep the mystery alive and revealing herself peel by peel. This former dancer spends her days doing whatever gets her heart pumping; watching anime, badminton, TV series, reading books, yada yada. She is also a big believer in spending her short stay on Earth living to the fullest.

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