Pipo777 From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1272 times:
Not sure about Penang because I've never been there, but a couple of years ago I went on a holiday to Phuket for about a month...Really liked the place and recommend it to everyone. Great little Island.
Many great beaches and nice street markets...Also, there are many tours to other small islands nearby like Phi Phi, James Bond island, Similan Islands...They are all great, Krabi is also really nice.
PA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2017 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1229 times:
Two totally different places with completely different vibes. Phuket is more lively whereas Penang is a bit more sedate. Phuket definitely has better beaches if that's what you're looking for. Penang is a bit more culturally interesting. Hard choice - I like them both.
Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
Quoting Noelg (Reply 6): Penang we ate a 12" pizza and a pitcher of coke at a Pizza Hut for under £2.00!!
....travelled all the way to Malaysia and ate in Pizza Hut? Georgetown has some of the best restaurants in Malaysia. Seek out those that specialise in Nyonya cooking, a style peculiar to Penang, Malacca and Singapore.
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
Quoting PA110 (Reply 5): Two totally different places with completely different vibes.
Phuket = beach, nightlife, sex
Penang = culture, shopping, food
Though it might be the case some 15 years or so ago, many Malaysians no longer see Penang as a "vacation spot" but more of a cosmopolitan city. For great beaches, most of us head for Langkawi, Redang, Tioman or Pangkor Island.
Between Phuket and Penang, i'd say go for Phuket. Is your RTW ticket valid on SilkAir's SIN-Langkawi-SIN? If that's the case, you might want to consider Langkawi too.
Aviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1156 times:
I have exactly enough miles left to do a return SIN-Phuket/Penang on SQ. And I can only choose out of a list with destinations and Langkawi, Redang, Tioman or Pangkor Island wasn't one of them. I BTW can only fly with NZ, VS and SQ with a note that I can also use flights of MI.