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I stay at Muntri Mews hotel for this coming night
After a 30 mn never ending trip in a lift (stopped between the 22th and the 21th floors of my hotel in KL), a 4h bus trip from KL to Penang (Nice Bus, 74 RM), + a 20mn taxi ride (30RM, mahal lah!) from the Nice bus stop to the 77 Muntri street in George Town, I reached Muntri Mews.
Friendly welcome by the Muntri Mews staff, with a glass of fresh water and a pot of hot chinese tea. Lovely and spacious room with a fusion retro-stylish decoration.
Then I learned 2 new words : Mew and Flashpacker.
What’s a flashpacker?
Here is the answer of the “chic hotel” Ryokan opposite Muntri Mews
” If you travel with your iPod, digital camera and laptop, you have officially placed yourself in the category of what we call flashpackers. If you are traveling on a budget, but you are looking for something a bit more upmarket and luxurious and as affordable as a hostel, you’re also a flashpacker.”
Both Ryokan and Muntri Mews target the flaspackers, but in different budget categories.
What are mews?
It was a place where you store the horse carriages.
“Muntri Mews” was formerly the stables and carriageworks of the street’s grandest terraces. Carriages were kept below while drivers and staff were housed above in 12 worker’s quarters. Read the rest of this entry »
I am currently in Malaysia, checking out new responsible tourism destinations and initiatives.
After spendind 2 days in Malacca with Serge Jardin (the Snail House), I relaxed 2 days with my family at the Sunset Beach Resort in Langkawi.
I am going tomorrow to Penang to check out the new bunch of heritage boutique hotels and B&B newly opened since 2009 . If in a hurry check them out on Penang Tourism Information website and on Tripadvisor for customers reviews.
Then I will travel to Sabah.
“Witness to history : How the French lost the Mousquet in the 1914 Battle of Penang “
by Dr. John R Robertson”, Saturday 3 April 2010, at 4.00pm at E&O Hotel, Georges Town, Penang. Organized by the Penang Heritage Trust
The story of the four French warships that had the task of patrolling the northern Malacca Straits and the defence of Penang harbour at the beginning of WW1, has never been told or written about before, except as a passing reference about the daring exploits of Emden. Read the rest of this entry »
An evening of fun discoveries organized by Art-Ed or Anak Anak Kota (the children of the city), in Penang : Heritage Treasure Hunt, Traditional Food Cooking Experience (yummy), battlefield game for teenagers, traditional games… I wish I could be in Georgetown. Details and registration via their new anak-anak-kota blog.
Penang famed as the Pearl of the Orient, has been the meeting place of cultural currents from India and China, as well as insular and mainland Southeast Asia. As a key commercial port of the British East India Company from 1786, it was drawn into the international trading route. Ship captains and seafaring merchants chose to retreat to this strategically situated island, while miners and planters who made their fortunes in neighbouring lands built their incredible homes here. Penang’s capital, the port city of George Town, is now a World Heritage Site, reflecting its rich history, vernacular architecture and its own unique version of multiculturalism. This book celebrates the distinctive architecture and lifestyle of the heritage houses of Penang.
Heritage Houses of Penang
Khoo Salma Nasution & Halim Berbar
2009. Marshall Cavendish Editions
Soft cover, 22.2 x 22.4 cm, 128 pages,
141 colour illustrations
ISBN No: 978-981-23280-6-9
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