Watch out for Sandflies if you Stay in the Fan Rooms
Bedbug Issue Presented by Previous Reviewer:
I read a review here about bedbugs. I was in the same room for two nights, and THE PROBLEM ISN'T BEDBUGS. Because the guesthouse is so close to the beach, you're prone to get sandflies in the room, which is what happened in my case (I did a quick survey of the room and there were no bedbugs- just a mattress which I think is in need of replacing). What I did was, before turning on the lights in the evenings, I closed the window so that no sandflies could enter the room, killed any that had gotten inside the room, and put on some bug spray before going to sleep (didn't get any bites during my stay).
If you don't want to deal with that, just pay the extra ~8 dollars and get a room with an air-conditioner.
Guest Room Review:
I, myself, was fine with the fan room. Just know that the evenings are pretty cool so you should be able to sleep comfortably with the fan, but if you're planning on staying in the room during the day, I would say upgrade because the fan room gets HOT by 11 A.M. or so.
Price-wise, the guesthouse is alright- very basic. Thought Georgetown had more decent places for less money but location-wise, it's close to the beach, it's nearby the National Park, and there's a night market in the evening which is pretty interesting. Walls are pretty thin so be considerate to your neighbors. Also- get ready for the muezzin to talk your ears off in the morning prayer from the mosque. Most mosques only have the muezzin speak for 5 minutes or so, but this guy goes on for about half an hour.
Food-wise, lots of restaurants in the area but a lot of them are priced according to what you would pay in Europe or the States/Canada (quite expensive for Malaysian standards in my opinion)- but there are the one or two food courts that have cheap eats.
The owners who run the guesthouse were super friendly and helpful, the internet was quite good for Penang standards, and the bus stop is very close by so it's convenient to get to Georgetown, the National Park, etc.
Both the 101 and 102 stop by the National Park and it's only 1.40 RM one way. To get to Georgetown costs 2.70 RM one way.
Solo travel - Aug 13, 2016