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Three Best Budget Travel Destinations in the World by Forbes ………. again my City of George Town, Penang of Malaysia   Leave a comment


1-SgBatu Outing5D Part 2571-Ferry Raiway 101Extracted from FORBES / Personal Finance …

DEC 29, 2015 @ 08:51 AM 76,284 VIEWS
“Travel doesn’t have to break the bank. With a strong dollar, exotic locales can offer a lot of bang for your buck and an off-the-beaten path experience.

Here is a compendium of the coolest budget destinations for 2016 from some of the best travel bloggers on the web. From a family of four traveling the world to a single American living in Paris, they offer a wide range of suggestions depending on your travel style.

Edna Zhou is a serial expat and sports journalist who has been living abroad since 2008 and sharing her adventures at Expat Edna. When she is not traveling, she is usually in Paris, where she’s lived on and off since 2012. Here are her three best budget travel destinations:

1. George Town, Malaysia

For those who love to try new food but are on a budget,
 George Town, Malaysia is the place to go. The cuisine is a blend of Malay,
 Chinese, and Indian specialities, and local hawker centers and street food
stalls offer dozens of delicious options for just $2-3. Wash it all down
with a fresh fruit juice for $1 and you can easily eat well for under $10 
a day. Accommodation is cheap, with an abundance of budget-friendly 
hostels and Airbnbs. Additionally, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage
site, so when not eating you can spend hours walking around the city,
 visiting temples and taking in the beautiful colonial architecture and
 colorful street art.
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2. Xi’an, China

If you’re interested in history, culture and hearty but cheap
 food, Xi’an, China should be on your list. While cities like Beijing and
Shanghai have become more expensive to match their cosmopolitan status,
 Xi’an still remains budget-friendly. As a former endpoint of the Silk
 Road, the city has retained its historic city walls and east-meets-west
 harmony, the influence of which comes out in the street food. In Xi’an,
 you can scarf down big bowls of hand-pulled Lanzhou noodles or savor lamb
 burgers and kebabs in the Muslim Quarter for just $1.50-4. If you want to
visit the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, it’s easy to skip the expensive 
tours and take the local bus there for just $1.

3. Barcelona, Spain

For those traveling on the dollar, the euro is in our favor
right now. In Barcelona, Spain you can live the good life with $2 beers,
 $10 bottles of cava and completely filling $11-13 set lunch menus. In
between bar hopping you can spend your day relaxing on the beach in the
 clear, warm Mediterranean waters or admire Gaudi’s architecture with a
walk around the city or up to Park Guell — even if you don’t pay to enter
the central part of the park, you can still get a beautiful view over 
Barcelona completely for free.

Behind the hit website Two Monkey’s Travel are Jonathan Howe and Kach Medina Umandap, two bloggers who have been on the road since 2013. Currently in Florida, they are heading to Colombia this week.”
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Other destinations listed apart from the top 3 are Metro Manila of Philippines, Thrace Region of Turkey, Morocco, Hungary, Puerto Rico, Croatia and Malaysia.

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The Benders are an Australian family who has been traveling the world for over three years with their two kids in tow. Sharing their adventures at Travel with Bender, Josh Bender stopped by to share his budget-friendly destinations for 2016.

1. Malaysia offers a lot of bang for your buck. There are plenty of fun activities and attractions for the whole family such as Legoland (our kids’ favorite), water parks, indoor theme parks, tropical beaches and cultural icons like Batu Caves. Traveling via air within the country is ultra cheap thanks to AirAsia. A round-trip flight from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to the beautiful island of Langkawi can cost as little as US$33. English is widely spoken, local food is cheap and delicious and the weather is warm all year round.

SOURCE:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandratalty/2015/12/29/the-ten-best-budget-travel-destinations-for-2016/

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Art at Penang Times Square   2 comments


Had a great time photo-shooting at the extended area of Penang Times Square.
The wall murals depicted one from Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves with the Hindu Temple (on the right) and the other Penang Hill aka Bukit Bendera in Penang (on the left).
From Wikipedia:-
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Batu River), which flows past the hill and also it is the tenth (Pattu in Tamil) limestone hill from Ampang. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.
The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
Batu Caves in short also referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Muruga as there are 6 important holy shrines in India and 4 more in Malaysia. The 3 others in Malaysia are Kallumalai Temple in Ipoh, Tanneermalai Temple in Penang and Sannasimalai Temple in Melacca.
It is also near a town called Jinjang where famous entrepreneur Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong had his vision to build his business empire.
Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighbouring Thailand.
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The above photograph depicts the Lion Dance though from my personal observation, it is from China rather from Malaysia due to the dresses of the spectators in the mural.
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The above two scene are from Penang – the Clan Jetty (the topmost photograph) and the Kek Lok Si Temple (on the left) and a Muslim Mosque (on the right) from Perak.
From Wikipedia:-
The Ubudiah Mosque (Malay: Masjid Ubudiah) is Perak’s royal mosque, and is located in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia.
History
Masjid Ubudiah – ranking high on the list of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques, the Masjid Ubudiah (or Ubudiah Mosque) stands proudly and majestically in Kuala Kangsar, with its golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight, from near and afar.
The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, a government architect who is notably credited for the design of the Ipoh railway station and the Kuala Lumpur railway station.

Photo-shooting at the extended area of Penang Times Square was interesting though my neck was a bit strained. Moreover like a cheap skate, it is FREE! Come One, Come All to enjoy such beautifully painted murals.

Before I forget, I wish to greet every bloggers and visitors here a Happy, Peaceful and Fruitful New Year in 2016.

SP Lim

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