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Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Penang, Malaysia for good reason. This seaside promenade is famous for the delicious hawker food stalls that line the sidewalk and the lively restaurants that come to life after the sun goes down. The area was named for Sir Henry Gurney, a British officer who was assassinated during the Malaysian Emergency. Even though the once famous Gurney Drive beaches have receded, the area is still a bustling night-time attraction where visitors can enjoy candlelight dinners with a tranquil ocean backdrop.

  • Visit Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple on Gurney Drive to see the largest Thai temple in Penang and the 108-foot-long reclining Buddha, a sprawling, gold-leafed statue said to be the third largest in the world.
  • See the large stone elephants and beautifully manicured Pagoda grounds of the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple of Penang, where beautiful murals and Buddha images bring devotees from all over Malaysia.
  • Enjoy fine dining at Bali Hai Restaurant on Gurney Drive to experience an array of huge mantis prawns, Australian lobsters and other sea creatures that are kept in aquariums around the restaurant.

The Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport services the area and is only about thirty minutes from Gurney Drive. The Penang Bridge connects the city to the mainland and is itself an attraction, as it is one of the longest bridges in Asia. The ambiance and flavours of Gurney Drive are best absorbed on foot, but walkers should dress lightly, as the oppressive heat can quickly ruin your day. Human-powered trishaws are also a popular way to tour the area, and most drivers can be hired for sightseeing trips at a cheap cost.

Hotels in Gurney Drive

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From US$124

1 G Hotel Gurney, Penang

5 stars
4.2 / 5 16 reviews

168A, Persiaran Gurney Map

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G Hotel Gurney, Penang is a stylish haven overlooking the great Malacca Strait featuring contemporary accommodations outfitted with fashionable designer furniture. Tourists learn more about the... More

Average stay.
A bit disappointing for this hotel. We stayed in a executive room with nice view. But my bedsheets had few hold on it n it look very dirty n old. I told e manager that even a 3 star hotel doesn't...
4 Jul 2015
From US$57

2 Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

5 stars
4.1 / 5 44 reviews

53, Persiaran Gurney Map

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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang is the right choice for those who are looking for quality accommodation and service in Malaysia. Penang Botanic Gardens, Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill are some of... More

Short stay
We always stay here when we come back to visit family in Penang every year. As we are regular, they upgraded us to a much bigger room as the hotel was not very busy when we checked in. Location is...
29 Jul 2015
From US$56

3 The Northam All Suite Penang

4 stars
3.6 / 5 29 reviews

55 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah Map

Offering top-notch facilities and plush spaces strategically located in the heart of Penang commercial and leisure district, The Northam All Suite Penang creates an ideal base for travellers... More

Bad Experience
I had a cockroach climbing on my face while sleeping on the first night. Manage to catch it and kill it with the Hotel Card. Couldn't sleep well from then on and check out early in the morning as I...
26 Jun 2015
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4 G Hotel Kelawai

5 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

2, Persiaran Maktab Map

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G Hotel Kelawai, is where iconic design and cutting edge lifestyle set the stage for exclusive and extraordinary experiences. With 208 Rooms, the hotel is uniquely inspired by innovative design to... More

Awesome trip with excellent service
We stayed here for 3 days 2 nights in August and it was definitely a superb choice, the customer service is simply excellent, as we were greeted with smiles and help all the way with our stay in...
12 Aug 2015
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5 Georgetown City Hotel

4 stars
3.1 / 5 10 reviews

Jalan Burmah Road Map

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Georgetown City Hotel makes for an ideal base with chic comfortable accommodations and accessible location in this part of Penang. This sophisticated Georgetown hotel places visitors within... More

Huge space to improve
Amenities is not provided accordingly. The cleanliness of the room can be further improved
28 Nov 2014
From US$58

6 The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences Penang

4 stars
3.1 / 5 10 reviews

18 Persiaran Gurney Map

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With a unique atmosphere, special hospitality and convenient facilities, the hotel offers excellent accommodation that makes you to feel at home. GeneralFor conference and banqueting, the Gurney... More

Disappointment
Parking to rooms inconvenient, need to climb stairs to the lift. Spotted 3 cockroaches in the room. There is a sign for checkin but none for checkout. Confusing for guest checking out and not...
7 Sep 2014
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7 1926 Heritage Hotel

3 stars
2.0 / 5 1 reviews

227 Jalan Burma Map

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Built in 1926, it served as a home to the British colonial officers and local administrators. Today, it has been refurbished into a Heritage Hotel with most of its Anglo-Malay architectural essence... More

wrong area of town
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. It is very old and getting very shabby. not in a easy area of town, not alot of food shops around. If possible stay near Georgetown. After looking around id...
12 Apr 2015
From US$131

8 Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

5 stars
4.7 / 5 35 reviews

10, Lebuh Farquhar Georgetown Map

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Eastern and Oriental Hotel invites leisure and corporate travellers to luxurious accommodations set right in the centre of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From this all-suite hotel,... More

An enjoyable stay
Hotel is comfortable and well located. Easy access to local food outlets. Service is excellent staff are cheerful and very helpful. The pool on the 6th floor is a gem. The hotel is good value.
28 Jul 2015
From US$55

9 Sunway Hotel Georgetown

4 stars
3.9 / 5 63 reviews

33, New Lane (off Macalister Road) Map

Sunway Hotel Georgetown is an elegantly appointed accommodation that offers convenient access to cultural and corporate sites of Penang. While on a Penang holiday, tourists should not miss a chance... More

Misleading booking
The hotel itself was great but when making the booking I selected the breakfast option. Upon arriving at the hotel and wanting to have the buffet breakfast the next morning I was advised that it...
25 Aug 2015
From US$48

10 Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

4 stars
4.0 / 5 72 reviews

25-A Farquhar Street Map

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Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang welcomes business and leisure travellers with attentive service and comfortable accommodations set in a warm and inviting surroundings. The stylish hotel offers... More

Food Eating Trip
Good and cosy hotel right in the city centre. Near to Penang road where Food is awsome. Good service and clean hotel
10 Aug 2015
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