Chulia Street is one of the streets located in the capital of Penang Island, Georgetown. It is actually one of the oldest streets in the city. Georgetown was founded in 1786. Soon after it, the street was created. It forms a part of Little India’s section of the city. The street promotes a multicultural character as many people of Indian Muslim and Chinese influence gather here.
Initially, the street was known as Malabar Street. It was named after the Indians from Malabar who moved to Georgetown. It was then changed to Chulia Street in 1798 when the British recognise that most of the Indians who moved to the streets were from Tamil Nadu.
Besides the many multicultural influences found on the street, there are also many budget accommodations available for tourists. The shop's houses there were transformed into hostels and guesthouses. However, since the street was declared as part of UNESCO heritage, more upmarket hotels are opened along the street of Chulia.
Many tourists would choose this street to experience the life in Penang as it is also a food paradise. Many food hawkers would come and sell along the street. All sorts of local cuisine are sold by the hawkers.
The people of Penang are from the northern part of Malaysia. Therefore they would speak Malay, however, they would have a slang for it making it a little different to the rest of the Malaysian in the Peninsular. However, they are still able to converse in normal Malay should those from outside of Penang comes over.
There are plenty of flights that land in Penang. Some of the airlines that do are Malaysia Airline, Air Asia as well as some of the domestic ones such as Firefly. Then the guests may hail up a taxi to get to Chulia Street.
From Kuala Lumpur, one may drive to Chulia Street by taking the North-South Expressway. Then by taking the exit to Pulau Pinang, it will direct them on the Penang Bridge that will go directly into the city. It will take around 4 hours and 9 minutes. It will also vary on the traffic heading towards the city.
Once you are in the city centre, visitors are able to go to Chulia Street via bus as well. They need to alight at Komtar Bus Terminal where the bus will make its way to Chulia Street.
This mosque was built in the 19th century by the Indian Muslim traders in Georgetown. It is part of the World Heritage Site of Georgetown. The mosque is still being maintained to this very day and can still be used by the public.
This hotel is located 80 meters from the Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls and 0.25 kilometres from Kapitan Keling Mosque. It is a perfect place suitable for those who would like to have a romantic getaway. Guests here are able to get pampered and enjoy the excellent service the hotel offers. The interior would definitely make people feel like being at home. There is Wifi available in the public areas to ensure the guest are always connected.
This is an accommodation that is highly recommended for backpackers as it is very affordable but still maintaining the comfort of their guests. A perk of this accommodation is that it is pet-friendly. Guests will be able to bring their pets and still enjoy the holiday here. This accommodation also offers Wifi to their guests.
This accommodation is only 0.04 kilometres from the Chulia Street Hawker Stalls, therefore, it is very easy for the guests to grab some food at the stalls. Although offering a stay at a good price, they still have excellent services.
This hotel is suitable for those who want to stay on budget when it comes to finding an accommodation. They have a 24 hours front desk available to assist their guests.
This hotel offers great hospitality at an affordable price. It has great architectural element making the design very beautiful. They are able to offer great cuisine to the guests as well.