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Often my friend asked me, where is the best cheap place to stay in Penang and I always have issues in recommending that as to find something really nice like what offers in Taiwan is hard to find, but not until recently there is one new Ryokan Chic Hostel that opened up that offers a very good rate especially to those who travels in group.

Cannot deny that this Ryokan Chic Hostel is one of the place that I would be recommending to all travelers if you are looking for somewhere comfy, clean environment and looking to make some new friends while travelling and with its cheap rates at backpackers price for a 3 star hotel stay,this would certainly can accommodate all types of travelers. Best even to backpackers looking for budget place to stay or travelers looking for a budget stay over the weekend for a place that offers Japanese Theme accommodation.

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Ryokan Chic Hostel is smack in the middle  Unesco World Heritage territory, surrounded by rustic architecture buildings and cultural sites, as there are also a few other operating rustic and classic cafes operating around it.

Besides that, for party animal, this place is just 5 minutes walk to a large Hawker center called Red Garden and 10 minutes walk to Penang most happening place which is Upper Penang road that filled with Bar and Clubs, also 10 minutes walk to famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear.

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At the main entrance welcomes you the modern style of baba n Nyonya concept as what I feel . .

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and I love the interior which is very simple and nice place to hang out, as the counter sited right in front is their check-in counter for your rooms.

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You are able to rent towels and other basic necessities you need.

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They have a mini bar to cater for their inhouse guest and at the moment which is not fully operational yet . .

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Dining place for your breakfast, lunch and dinner n also they have high speed wifi for you to use. Just incase you would want to connect to your love ones or keep in touch with your friends.

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They have 2 types of rooms available which is Suites Room that offer at the rate of RM 68 and I didnt manage to view this room as it was fully occupied but you can view it at their website (click here)

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Very nice walkway with a bit of garden concept and white lamps placed right in front of their rooms.

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Then other facilities for other rooms do not have toilet build in it and its a shared toilet available at the back of the hostel. Washing area. . .

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and 6 toilets available

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Let’s head up to their dorm room and you evolve from as you climb up the stairs. . .

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Before you head to their dorm you are required to put all your shoes in this shelves which is available upper section called The Loft,

6 Bed Dorm

The Sunrise, 6 Bed Dorm

The Classic, 4 Bed Dorm

The Chic, 4 Bed Dorm

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this is the 4 Chic room dorm which are only meant for female only  . . . . that RM38 per bed for a night.

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chic room also get a huge Hollywood glass frame to do their dressing up and putting on  make up.

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Each traveller will have a individual locker each to put in their stuff. .

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If you are bored in the room they have area Chillax Corner that filled with bean bags. .

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The rooms do not have tv and they include this super comfy area filled with bean bags too is this little entertainment area. . .

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They also have Reading Corner to do some leisure reading or while waiting for your friend to get ready you can browse thru some magazine.

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This are the rates on all the item including the room rates for you to check out and cannot deny that this is surely one of a good cheap accomodation to be highly recommended to travelers around the world if you do visit Penang also for its attractive location located UNESCO heritage zone and surrounding food they can go after. .

One thing to note is that, there are very LIMITED parking space available. .

Hopefully there will be more budget hotel or clean nice backpackers Hostel available in the future.

For more info or reservation you can check at their website: MyRyokan

Location:

Ryokan @ Muntri Street
62 Jalan Muntri
Georgetown
Penang
10200
Malaysia

Tel: 04-2500287

MAP click here

Revisit this restaurant as it has been years since dine in here. It was about 4-5 years back when my buddy’s sister brought us here to eat and as I remembered it does not look like this. They have renovated. Decided to try again here.

It was during in the afternoon lunch time, so there were not much people in this restaurant but it is sure nice to sit and chat with friends here. From the food wise, I would rate it something like Madam Kwan.

In the drinks menu, what caught my attention was this, ‘Coconut Mint Float’. Something unique. If you are here, I would highly recommended this drink. Has a scoop of ice cream and blended of the coconut meat and the taste of the mint and coconut goes along very well. Was not too sweet, just perfectly good for a refreshing drink price at RM8
For the ‘Chicken Chop Set’ comes with a bread. The bread was warm and just toasted but it do not have the bread taste and smell. The bread is not nice. Taste so plain even with the butter.RM15.50

The chicken chop sure do look very plain. It is like you can get it in any of the roadside or coffee shop western food. Looks even better. It is perfectly fried with the crust is crispy. The chicken cooked is soft on the inside. The veggie is nicely steam.

My order is the Nasi Bojari. I can’t take beef so change to curry chicken piece. I must say that this is a bad food. To compare with Madam Kwan, it is 10x much nicer. The cannot be denied that the chicken is nicely fried but it has a strong chicken smell, which did not wash properly and it was very salty. The curry chicken is so thick in ‘santan‘ taste which make it a bit too sweet for it. The ‘Nasi‘ is very dry and very salty also. I think the salt in the restaurant is very cheap. The prawn was not fresh and I did not finish this dish. Total FAILURE and it was very expensive. RM21.

Since the chicken chop is so dry and did not comes with a gravy so order the ‘Mushroom Sauce’. In my life I have never eat before such a bad mushroom soup. Which the taste has very strong Chinese herb in it. Do not taste anyting like mushroom soup. More like when we have fever and you go to Chinese medicine shop and you boil it. Here, drink it all. Something like that. It cost RM3
‘The Cendol is a complimentary from the Chicken chop set. The taste of it is not bad especially the brown sugar syrup but the sad thing is the ice blended out is so rough that the more you take, it might damage on your upper throat. If you were to order it cost RM5

Well, for lunch it was a bad experience for the whole food which compare to 4-5 years back they are much nicer. So will temporary BANNED this shop at the moment with its pricing I would rather go somewhere else to have a better and nicer food. The bills comes in total around RM57.

-= KA CHING =-
Food rating 3/10 , BAD -Stamped-
-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Location:

Sakura Cafe & Cuisine

161,Jalan Imbi 55100,KL

Tel:03-21484315

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