Fun Rickshaw Ride city tour around George Town Penang, Malaysia Travel Video

In our most recent travel video we hop on a rickshaw and receive a guided city tour of historic George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Although we had talked about taking a rickshaw tour of the city previously, it was a spur of the moment decision when we flagged down a colourful rickshaw heading down Chulia street after our Chinese feast at Tek Sen restaurant. Immediately, I had a favourable impression of our Malaysian rickshaw driver who was personable, charming and easy going. Instead of wasting time haggling over the price of our ride, he quoted us a fare that was within the price range we expected to pay given our initial research. GEAR WE USE Olympus OM-D E-M5 II: Canon G7X: Olympus 14-150mm II Lens: Rode Video Mic GO: Joby Gorilla Pod: SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro: SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAVEL BLOGS AUDREY: blog: instagram: facebook: twitter: SAMUEL: blog: facebook: twitter: instragram: Within moments he was pedalling us down the hectic main streets and quieter back-alleys in the heart of Georgetown. With infectious enthusiasm, he spurred off random facts about each area we visited along with taking delight in pointing out significant landmarks. With a raspy deliberate voice he sounded a lot like a sage elder or even a bit like Yoda: "This building is very Ooooollllddddd. Verrrrryyyy Oooooollllldddddd." At one point we passed a teenage boy riding his bicycle. Noticing that we were taking photos he kept turning his head backwards eagerly interested in what we were doing. Finally, he circled back towards us waving at us while passing us in the opposite direction. Several seconds later I felt a tug on my right wrist; the boy playfully tried to snatch my camcorder straight out of my hand. As he pedalled forcefully ahead he turned around and beamed a radiant smile. We honestly weren't sure what to make of his failed attempt to snatch our camera. On the one hand, it may have just been a joke; on the other, had he actually taken it we surely wouldn't have been laughing. Some of the main attractions, buildings and landmarks that were part of our tour included Fort Cornwallis, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang Museum, the former Governor's house, Sri Mariamman Temple, Victoria Memorial Clock Tour and Litble India. As we entered Little India district, it was like I was suddenly being catapulted back in time to my days roaming around India. Women wearing Brightly colored saris, men flipping chapatis on greased pans and loud thumping music filled the streets. In hindsight, one of the most humorous moments occurred when we got splashed by a wave riding along the North Channel. Everything, from head to toe, including our clothes and cameras was covered in water. Immediately, we tried our best to dry our cameras with sections of our shirts that weren't totally soaked. Fortunately for us everything was just fine -- including our cameras ;) Overall, taking this rickshaw tour was one of the highlights of visiting Penang again for our Visa run. When compared to the rickshaw ride in Malacca, we certainly preferred our adventure in George Town. For those interested in doing the same, walk down to Jin Penang (Penang Road) where you'll easily spot a plethora of rickshaws and drivers. Expect to pay somewhere between 30 to 40 Ringgit for a one hour drive. Have any of you taken a cycle rickshaw ride before? Would you like to? How was your experience? Dalam video perjalanan kita yang paling baru-baru ini kita melompat dengan menaiki beca dan menerima lawatan bandar berpandu bersejarah George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Dalam masa beliau telah mengayuh kami di jalan-jalan utama yang sibuk dan senyap belakang lorong-lorong di tengah-tengah Georgetown. Dengan semangat berjangkit, dia mendorong off fakta rawak tentang setiap kawasan kami melawat bersama-sama dengan mengambil kegembiraan dalam menunjukkan tanda yang ketara. This is part of our Travel in Malaysia series. We're making a series of videos showcasing Malaysian culture, Malaysian arts, Malaysian foods, Malaysian religion and Malaysian people. This travel video is proudly presented by: , , & This video features the song 'Griphop' from Kevin Macleod available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Commercial license.

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Exploring Penang (Georgetown): Things To Do in One Day
After our trip to Langkawi, we headed to Georgetown, in Penang, Malaysia. One day we walked around and did all these things in a single day. More coming on: Penang, Malaysia is an island just off the coast of the West Coast of Malaysia. It’s one of the most famous areas of Malaysia, especially known for its rich and diverse culture and for its food - many people come to Penang just to eat - as did I. Ying and I arrived to Penang from Langkawi, and we stayed in Penang for about a week, doing some work, and eating out way through the city. One day though, we decided to put on our shoes and go to visit as many of the attractions in the center of the city as we could. So this travel videos is an overview of the top things to do in Georgetown, Penang, but also a travel guide as well. Hope you enjoy to! To begin the day, I started off with a Penang tourist map and located all the places we wanted to go. Since we were staying close to the Georgetown World Heritage Inc., that’s where we first decided to stop. It’s more of an information center, so after just a few minutes we continued on our way to the Chew Jetty, one of the couple of Chinese docks where homes are built over the water. On the way though, we walked through Lebuh Armenian (one of the most famous streets in Penang), past George Town street art, and also briefly stopped at Cheah Kongsi. The Chew Jetty was a nice place to walk around for a few minutes, there wasn’t a lot to do there, but mostly some small souvenir shops and some nice places to take photos. We continued walking and passed the Queen Victory Lighthouse and then we continued on to Fort Cornwallis, a British built fort, and the only fort in Malaysia - though as they said it wasn’t ever used for battle. I was a little disappointed visiting Fort Cornwallis in Penang because we paid a pretty big entrance fee, but there really wasn’t anything to see inside - I could have seen it all from the outside. Anyway, we continued on walking around Penang, and then circled back past a cathedral. By this time we were getting quite hungry, so we headed into Little India, and then continued to a famous restaurant called Kapitan for tandoori chicken. I didn’t know they were really famous for their rice biryani, but I got a couple pieces of tandoori chicken and naan, it they were both incredible. In the afternoon, we first stopped at the Goddess of Mercy Temple in Penang, and walked around for a few minutes, and then continued on to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, one of Penang’s main attractions and a place I was really looking forward to visiting. Mr. Cheong, an insanely wealthy Chinese business man built the Blue Mansion and it has now been restored and it’s actually open as a hotel, but they also give a couple of guided tours each day. The tour took 45 minutes, and it was beautiful to see. The only thing I wish is that we could have seen a little more of the Blue Mansion, because unfortunately we didn’t get to see much, but mostly listened to the history of the mansion - still it was worth seeing in Penang. To finish of one day of things to do in Penang, Georgetown, we visited the Kapitan Keling Mosque, and then lastly we went to Khoo Kongsi. For dinner to end this day in Penang, we went to a restaurant to eat dim sum, and a few other Chinese dishes as well. Thank you for watching this “things to do in Geogetown, Penang” travel video. Hope you enjoyed it, and hope it will give you some ideas for what to do when you visit. More Penang street food videos coming soon! Music in this video is from Audio Network Filmed and created by Mark Wiens and Ying Wiens: & & Make a donation: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: SNAPCHAT: migrationology Thank you for watching!

Staying at the Chulia Heritage Hotel in George Town - Penang, Malaysia Travel Video
Seeking comfort without paying a fortune, we decided to check in and stay at the Chulia Hertiage Hotel located in the heart of historic George Town on Penang Island, Malaysia. It's incredible how much our preferences and expectations have changed in such a short period of time. Only several months ago, we were staying in George Town, and our accommodations were much more humble. During that time, our guesthouse was nothing more than a tiny room with an old mattress, wobbly chair/desk and a fan that barely worked. The wifi in the room had a poor signal and considering how hot and humid it was outside, we literally felt like we were in a sauna with hot air blowing all around us. At the time, we were concerned with sticking to a strict budget and not spending extra for creature comforts. GEAR WE USE Olympus OM-D E-M5 II: Canon G7X: Olympus 14-150mm II Lens: Rode Video Mic GO: Joby Gorilla Pod: SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro: SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAVEL BLOGS AUDREY: blog: instagram: facebook: twitter: SAMUEL: blog: facebook: twitter: instragram: Our standards have since increased significantly. When we first started out backpacking around SE Asia, I wrote an article ( where I discussed the challenges of being a digital nomad for the first time. In hindsight, I realize many of the issues we faced - of trying to balance work and play -stemmed from our environment. During our carefree days of backpacking, when we were content staying in pokey rooms while trying to maximize our savings, it was fine to give up certain comforts in order to extended our journey given our dwindling bank accounts; however, now that we're earning money online and trying to run a business on the road we need a certain level of comfort that allows us to utilize our time optimally. For example, long gone are the days we'd prefer to stay in dorms, party hostels or budget guest houses that don't offer air conditioning, clean showers, a quiet environment and reliable wifi. Luckily, this time around we were able to find a great value budget Boutique Hotel that fits our new flashbacking ways. The Chulia Heritage hotel is located in an atmospheric part of George Town yet is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of noisy - and ever chaotic - Lebua Chulia (Chulia Street). As a former mansion in decay, this lovely refurbished guest house is like stepping back in time. With photos adorning the walls of its crumbling old charms, one can visually experience what it was like in the past while stepping on its creaky floor. The rooms are nicely finished in pure white with a generous sized queen bed, drawer, night stand, modern television and air conditioning unit. The wifi - for the most part - works rather well. The bathrooms are shared (quite typical in Malaysia) but unlike other guest houses I've stayed at, these were impeccably clean. Our stay was NOT sponsored and we paid out of pocket for the rooms. Coming in at 80 Ringgit, we thought the price we paid versus the value we received was excellent. We thought it would be interesting sharing our experiences staying at this hotel with plenty of history, quirks and modern day charms: Mencari keselesaan tanpa membayar nasib, kami mengambil keputusan untuk mendaftar masuk dan tinggal di Chulia pusaka Hotel terletak di tengah-tengah George Town bersejarah di Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Ia adalah luar biasa berapa banyak pilihan dan harapan kita telah berubah dalam tempoh masa yang singkat. Hanya beberapa bulan yang lalu, kita telah tinggal di George Town, dan penginapan kami jauh lebih rendah diri. Pada masa itu, rumah tamu kami adalah tidak lebih daripada sebuah bilik kecil dengan tilam, kerusi goyah lama / meja dan peminat yang hampir tidak bekerja. The wifi di dalam bilik mempunyai isyarat yang lemah dan mempertimbangkan bagaimana panas dan lembap ia adalah di luar, kita benar-benar berasa seperti kita berada dalam sauna dengan udara panas bertiup di sekeliling kita. Pada masa itu, kita bimbang dengan berpegang. This travel video is proudly presented by: , , & This video features the song 'Sidewalk Shade' from Kevin Macleod available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Commercial license.

Penang Food.Heaven.
A Big Thanks to all the hawkers that have given their very best to do the very best streetfood I have ever tasted in all my travels. They are indeed the pride of Penang.Through years of hard work, long hours each days doing the same food, we can only expect the best. Also big thank you to Dexter Britain for the music. For free food recipes and free Penang food guides go to:

Our experiences traveling in Malaysia for 1 month (favorite places, food, budget travel tips)
In our latest travel video we sit down for a cup of tea and noodles at one of favorite restaurants in the Chinatown district of Kuala Lumpur to discuss and review our one month experience of traveling in Malaysia covering Malacca, Penang, the Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur. We start off by discussing our favorite destinations, food and modes of transportation which are respectively Malacca, dim sum and train rides. We indicate Chinatown as being a great budget option for accommodations in Kuala Lumpur and break down our daily budget which is roughly 150 ringgit per day for the two of us combined while offering some budget travel tips, such as eating street food (Cendol and others). GEAR WE USE Olympus OM-D E-M5 II: Canon G7X: Olympus 14-150mm II Lens: Rode Video Mic GO: Joby Gorilla Pod: SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro: SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAVEL BLOGS AUDREY: blog: instagram: facebook: twitter: SAMUEL: blog: facebook: twitter: instragram: Not heading to some of the stellar beaches on offer was one of our greatest regrets. With just a short time left in Malaysia we're hanging out and getting work done on our sites before we fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to being a new chapter in our backpacking adventures. Many first travelers to Malaysia land in the capital KL. Where would you recommend they stay for budget options in the city? I think most of the budget options are in Chinatown, so I would suggest finding a hostel in that area. We've been paying about 40 Ringgit, which is just over $10 USD for two people and we've been getting a pretty decent space with wifi. That is my tip - go to Chinatown. Your favorite way to travel? That is again a very easy one. Taking the train was by far my preferred method of transportation while in Malaysia. The only actual train journey we took was from KL to Butterworth up in the north but it was just a lovely gorgeous journey. We were passing through all kinds of diverse scenery and the seats were comfortable. The train wasn't crowded and it was almost a bit like a family atmosphere. We had little kids running up and playing with us. It was just an awesome journey and we saw scenery we wouldn't have otherwise seen had we of taken the bus. So for those looking to save a bit of money with their food while in Malaysia what do you recommend? I would recommend eating lots of street food. One of our favorite dishes of mine - that I've tried - is called Cendol. It is basically a really refreshing dessert. You get a bowl of shaved ice and they pour coconut milk and palm sugar over top and it also has kidney beans, rice but it was very refreshing. How much was that? I think it was less than 3 Ringgit wasn't it? In other words, less than $1 USD for a refreshing treat. You can find that in restaurants and you can also find that just right out on the street with people making it with special kinds of ice machines - shaved ice machines. Exactly! So we've been traveling here for a month. What would you say is a good monthly budget to have? Well, Malaysia is one of the more expensive SE Asian countries; however, the budget we had set for ourselves we haven't been spending on a daily basis. We had given ourselves a budget of a hundred and fifty Ringgit per day, which is roughly $50 USD and we haven't come close to spending that. Basically, how we were going to divide that is 50 Ringgit for accommodation, 50 for food expenses and 50 for activities. What we've been finding is that we haven't been spending it so much on the activities. We've been doing a lot of free things around where ever we've been visiting. I would say our roughly daily expenditure is maybe more like 110 or 120 Ringgit. What this has allowed us to get typically is our own private room with air conditioning most of the time, a fan and typically a shared bathroom. It is not posh accommodations by any stretch but comfortable enough. Everywhere we've gone we've had wifi - some has been excellent and some has been not so good. For food typically we've been having (eating) local style restaurants. Restaurants that are frequented mostly by locals and we've been eating a lot of street food. We've been eating really well since we've been coming here. Proudly presented by: , , & This video features the song ''Electrodoodle - Kevin Macleod" available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Commercial license.