Thursday, December 20, 2007

Penang Trip Again...

Just last week I went off to Penang for a business day trip... flew out of KLIA (KL International Airport) at 7:30am and came back through the 10pm flight out from Penang... which means by the time I got home, it was almost past midnight. And yes, I was dead tired. Day trips are tiring!

A few days after that trip, I had to take another one and this time... I stayed overnight. It was a tiring day full of meetings and training... but with a pleasant ending. We wrapped up the evening with a good dinner at Kampachi (Equatorial Hotel). The japanese food was great! After our late dinner, I checked into the G Hotel (at 11pm already!) The G Hotel is quite new (as I was informed) so I decided to go for it. The design is quite modern in design. It's not your traditional hotel. The place was clean and the breakfast service staff were quite friendly. I wasn't surprised that the waiter's good service is because he is Filipino :)

I think I paid a little below RM300- per room per night with breakfast. Not bad... especially since I got a room with a great view of the sea!

For business trips, G Hotel is a good choice. New, straight-forward and hip. But if you go to Penang for a vacation... I would highly suggest that you stay in Batu Feringghi. It has more of a holiday feel, nearby the sea and the beach. Our last trip was Nov 2007, and we stayed at the boutique hotel called Lone Pine. Good choice and value for money. I think it was around RM280- for 2 people with breakfast. They serve nice bread (which you can toast over charcoal fire, one of the speciality of Penang, if I am not mistaken. Topped with butter and kaya toast, the bread is really tasty!)

Penang reminds me of Cebu, Philippines. Should you one day get to go to Cebu (there are direct flights to Cebu-Singapore; while for KL it will be KL-Manila-Cebu via Cebu Pacific), the must stay place is Shangri-la Mactan. Good for honeymooners. Or even families with kids. You will surely, and I mean SURELY enjoy your stay there!
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