Anyone been to Penang recently ?

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  1. Chris Muriel

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    I will be in Penang (Malaysia) for 5 days on business in October.
    Just wondered if anyone had any travel advice based on recent experiences.
    Looking around on the web, currency advice seems to be to use US Dollar trvaellers cheques + some cash and that local money-exchangers tend to offer a far better exchange rate than banks or at the airport.
    I assume I would again be best using US dollar notes for local cash exchange ?
    Should I try to get some Ringgits here in UK before I go ?
    I will be staying in "G Hotel" next to Gurney Plaza.

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    I went in 2002 & stayed on the beach at the Shangri-la Golden Sands Hotel. Not a great deal to do there & not particularly cheap either - had the World Cup not been on we may have been positively bored.

    Sounds like you're saying in Georgetown though. We only visited Georgetown one evening & again didn't find too much about but I'm sure there is somewhere.

    All food was good, the locals friendly, beer a little expensive....If you've been to Thailand, don't think Malaysia will be similiar like we did - it's not.

    Think we took some local currency & then just used cash machines. Don't remember using US$ anywhere or needing them for a better exchange.
     
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    as a few of us mention in other foreign currency threads ... worth opening a Nationwide current account ("FlexAccount") with debit card, and obtaining a Nationwide CC too - they continue to offer commission free and fee free transactions on debit card ATM withdrawals and debit card and credit card purchases - I have taken this approach for a few years now as it is cheaper and also less bother than exchange bureaux, trav cheques etc; and also good for online foreign currency transactions at Amazon.com etc
     
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    Yes, spot on - it is indeed in Georgetown area.
    I carry dollars and $ travellers cheques anyway (I work for a USA company and am in USA regularly - 5 times this year).
    Trying to confirm whether or not to take these with me.
    Had my Tetanus and hepatitis jabs last week, suprisingly this was free at my local doctors' medical centre.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
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    Oh & 'a foot massage', means 'a foot massage' - eh Jayxbee! ;)
     
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    You can definately get a better exchange rate at the small money changers then the banks. You can also bargain with them so it is guaranteed a better deal.

    Its probably an idea to change a small amount over here just to get you going as UK money changers / banks offer worse rates then Malaysia.

    The only thing is if you carry cash around it can be more dangerous or you might lose it.
     
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    Cash will go in my money belt.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
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    If thats the case then cash and a local money changer is the way to go in my opinion.

    Oh take some insect repellant as the the mozzies there can give you dengue ??? fever (Life threatening).
     
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    And bubble bath means one of those foot spa things you see in Argos!
     

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