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Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Midlands One Stop

Midlands One Stop shopping centre (also called 1-Stop Midlands or Midlands Park) is one of the older malls in Georgetown. It used to be a very popular mall, but when Plaza Gurney was opened to public most went there instead of to Midlands. It is located just outside the city centre of Georgetown and about 1 kilometer from Plaza Gurney. The building is clearly recognizable; from almost anywhere in Georgetown you see the two dark red towers of the Georgetown City Hotel that is located within the complex. What strikes is the big slide on the roof; on the upper floor there is a water theme park. There is also a Tune Hotel about 5 minutes from Midlands One Stop; which is a great place to stay for budget travelers.

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Mainly small shops

Where Plaza Gurney is characterized by the many international stores (Gucci, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger etc), you see mainly small, unknown brands at Midlands. The 6th floor contains many computer and IT related shops. At the higher floors the building you will find a gigantic arcadia and a bowling alley with over 50 lanes. Midlands One Stop used to be the pride of Penang, but over the years it couldn't keep up with the competition and now it caters to the lower end of the market. Nowadays Midlands is a local mall with mainly small shops selling local products, games and pirated Blu-ray movies.

Midlands One Stop Penang

You get there by bus from Georgetown center to Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah and get out at Jalan Burmah (ask the driver). From Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah you take the bus to Georgetown, get off at three stops past Plaza Gurney. Of course every taxi knows where to find this place. Opening hours: Midlands is opened daily between 10am and 10pm.

 

Map with shopping malls at Penang Island in Malaysia

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