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The Bustling Chulia Street of Penang

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Economy is the keyword in Lebuh Chulia or Chulia Street. Believe it or not, this street is popular with backpackers from all over the world.

A drive down Lebuh Chulia reveals nothing extraordinary save for rows of colonial shophouses with five-foot ways. However, this once-sleazy sailors’ haunt with its many bars, is a hive of activity with budget hotels,

Internet cafes, second-hand bookstores, money changers, tour agencies, and motorcycle rental companies.

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The busy Chulia Street in Georgetown

Come evening, many of the cafes that serve value-for-money western meals during the day, are converted into bars where weary travelers stop to refuel. Booze flows as freely as the travel tales swapped among its patrons.

Catch the rustic ambience of Jim’s Place or the raucous music of Blue Diamond Hotel with its Mexican food or the nasi kandar served by the 24-hour Selamat Ali Café.

Another spot for halal food is the time-tested Line Clear Nasi Kandar (now fashionably called LC!) at the junction of Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Penang. It dates back to 1947!

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Lebuh Chulia is the famous tourist enclave in Georgetown

Lebuh Chulia or Chulia Street is a must visit tourist destination especially for backpackers and people who only come to Penang once in a blue moon. Ethic food such as Chinese cuisines, Malay traditional delicacies, Indian muslim nasi kandar, cafes, pubs, budget motels and hotels as well as cheap accommodations for backpackers are all available at Chulia Street.

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