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IF YOU FIND your­self with a lit­tle more time on your hands than ex­pected and a chance to ex­plore Ge­orge Town, the best way to do it is on foot. De­pend­ing on the time of day, make sure you bring plenty of sun-cream and wear light clothes if you are plan­ning to do this.

The lo­cal bus service called RapidPe­nang runs very ef­fi­ciently and is per­haps one of the favoured modes of trans­port if you are in a rush to nav­i­gate your day. All the bus sta­tions and stops are well la­belled; the service prides it­self on its user­friend­li­ness and fre­quent op­er­a­tions. How­ever, it is worth not­ing that you will need to have the ex­act fare to hand as the driver does not carry change.

For a par­tic­u­larly au­then­tic and at times en­ter­tain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence you could test out a tr­ishaw, how­ever it is ad­vis­able to do this if you have a rel­a­tively free sched­ule for the day. The three-wheeled hu­man­pow­ered ve­hi­cles pro­vide a great way to see Ge­orge Town and you are able to stop at any time to take pho­tographs or sim­ply em­brace the at­mos­phere. Many of the tr­ishaw rid­ers are bril­liant tour guides, but it is ad­vis­able to ne­go­ti­ate the fare be­fore hop­ping on and per­haps con­sider hir­ing them by the hour for a re­laxed break in your day.

De­pend­ing on the length of your stay, car rentals are a good op­tion to con­sider. If you are look­ing for a change to ex­plore the more rural western or south­ern coast of the is­land, this is the way to do it. How­ever, be sure to take note when it comes to Pe­nang’s one-way streets and nar­row roads.

Sim­i­larly to the ex­ten­sive pub­lic trans­port across Pe­nang, taxis are a use­ful and quick way to ne­go­ti­ate your way from meet­ing to meet­ing. If you are un­sure of your des­ti­na­tion it is ad­vis­able, but al­ways prac­tice your hag­gling skills with the taxi driver be­fore set­ting off and agree a price be­fore­hand.

Ae­rial view of Ge­orge Town

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