28th of April 2014 1
I’m going to be traveling around this area and only have the option to visit one of these places. I’m going to be traveling alone and on a pretty strict budget and I’m a single 20 year old guy. I’m very interested in culture, site seeing, nightlife, and will embrace anywhere for what it’s worth. I hear phuket may be too touristy and penang a little dangerous and perhaps not as enthralling? I also hear that alcohol is very expensive in penang? People say Phuket is more expensive but from the perspective of staying in a hostel they seem about equal?….sooo which one would be best for a 3-4 day visit?
Also, to give a little more insight to my situation, my other stops on the trip are Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Thanks for any advice you can give me!
Answer by magidge
Phuket is very touristy.
Penang is much nicer. I have been to both places.
I was traveling alone and I had zero problem in Penang.
The people were very friendly and helpful.
I also have been many times to HK,BKK and Singapore (family live there) and would definitely recommend Penang over Phuket.
As a single female traveling I did not find it in the least bit dangerous.
Phuket I thought was a dump, thankfully I was only there for two nights and have been to many other places in Thailand, but always off the well beaten tourist trail.
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