We soon touched down in Penang and after a slow taxi journey through rush hour traffic, we arrived 45 minutes later at our hotel for the 5 nights, Hotel Mingood which was in the main town called George Town on the island.
Except there was to be nothing ‘good’ about this place. The first room they gave us stank of stale cigarettes and despite it being classed as a ‘non-smoking’ room, there was an ashtray in it. Also, the cleanliness of the room was questionable, so we went to reception and got another room allocated. But this one was a twin room, so yet another trip to reception where they told us they didn’t have any more double rooms available. After a short discussion, the receptionist managed to find us a room, but apparently only for the one night then we would either need to move rooms again or we would need to speak to the manager who conveniently wasn’t available at that point. We went to look at the 3rd room, and yes it was a double but also stank of smoke, had an ashtray and was even dirtier than the 1st room.
By this time both of us were fed up and as we had already paid in advance for this hotel and after checking stuff online, speaking to Agoda customer service via live chat, they thankfully cancelled our booking from the following day, so we just had to pay one night’s charge (£15). We swiftly used the credit amount they issued to book another hotel nearby, so went down to reception to advise them of that and left to walk round to our new hotel, which was far better for a similar price anyway.
It was a Friday evening we first went here, and the place was rammed with I’d guess 150+ people sitting drinking, some guy was selling Shisha plus another local came around with a takeaway menu from which you could order food and have it delivered to your table! We stayed for a few cans and then went back to the hotel.
Another place we visited was the Upside-Down Museum, although it’s not actually a museum, but still a fun place to visit. You are shown round the various rooms which are all set upside down, then you are directed on how to pose by a member of staff who then take a photo of you and then you get ushered into the next room. This repeats all the way round, there is probably about 15 different rooms with various themes, some were really good and some are just weird! (See pics link below)
At night we went to a highly rated restaurant near our hotel called What The Duck? where we had an amazing 3 course meal, surprisingly consisting of duck and even some of their desserts included it although we just opted for brownie and cheesecake!
This then turned into a 6-hour session where we had many beers, ciders, red wine (2 bottles) and some white spirit pretending to be gin! We also missed the night market, oh well…
At night we went by taxi to Batu Ferringhi which is on the north coast of the island of Penang and has a night market on every evening. We wanted some street food and found a little market area where we got some Char Hor Fun which is a bit like a Chow Mein and then had some delicious Chicken Tikka and butter naan. Then it was back to the hotel to get organised for another travelling day tomorrow, this time a 3-hour bus trip to Ipoh on the mainland.
Link to George Town Photos