- Money Exchange – Try to use the ATM machine. Common all over the place. Exchange rate is better or almost the same as the Money Changer.
- Public Transportation
a. Bus - Time schedules often erratic and unpredictable, bus drivers were generally surly and unhelpful. The route that I knew has changed significantly since I left. Your hotel to Georgetown should take about 25 – 30 min. It is cheap though!
b. Taxi – I dont trust them. Don't like them either. They don't want to use meter and always overcharge. Must bargain the fare with each driver. Recommend if you find a good/fair driver, get his hand phone number and keep using him!
c. Motorbike For Rent – You can try it if you dare. It's cheap and convenient.
d. Walking – In town, it's OK to walk. Just don't flash money around. Carry bags with precaution because there are snatchers/pick pockets. This is a common advise I'd give anyone travelling to any part of the world.
e. Your best bet is relying on your hotel to help you. The hotels in PG usually have coaches that go into town daily. Find out their schedule. (http://www.copthorne.com.my/images/faclty/faclty.htm)
- Credit card – Most shops and eating-places are cash based. It is more common to use CC in bigger shops and restaurants.
- Weather – January should be hot. Ending of monsoon Always carry a small umbrella in case you need it.
- Water - Bring a bottle with you. It's going to be hot and humid. Tap water is save for brushing teeth and stuff. No need to buy imported bottled water because they are way more expensive. Buy local one and they are safe.
- Language - English is a widely use language. If you are Indian, Tamil will come into handy. But remember, not everyone speaks perfect English. Try and comprehend Manglish by listening carefully. : )