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Areca Books, George Town

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In the heart of Georgetown, Areca Books remains best known for its illustrated publications on tropical architecture, social history, and visual arts. The shop's well-stocked shelves feature content that promotes Southeast Asia's cultural heritage and religious diversity. The bookstore is a great place to stop if you wish to learn something, pick up a few good reads, or simply take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Take a look at our George Town holiday planner to schedule your visit to Areca Books and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Where to stay in George Town

As an established tourist destination, George Town offers a range of options making use of the city's famous architectural diversity, with boutique hotels in the old town themed around the history of the building they occupy. For such singular accommodations, expect to pay a little more. Budget hotels and unbranded local options provide a comfortable night sleep at an affordable rate. The coastal areas offer more expensive resort-style luxury rooms with sea views, while away from the beaten track, you'll find backpacker hostels providing good options for those wanting to keep on the move.
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  • This place is amazing You can get incredible books about Penang, Malaysia, or religion. They even sell souvenirs, post cards, among others. It's suitable at a very convenient location for tourists, in...  more »
  • I am a sucker for postcards! The best thing about the postcards are the lovely architectures of Penang, Malaysia in watercolour. I enjoyed browsing through the store but it was quite dusty when I flip...  more »
  • I'd personally say that this is one of the finest bookshops in Georgetown area with a wide collection of cultural books. A great recommendation to anyone who loves to read about Malaysian History, Cul...  more »
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  • One of the best sources of South East Asian books and a publisher of great integrity and attention to quality. I have been forty years in my involvement with ASEAN and what Areca does is like a mini Smithsonian Library. Khoo Salma and her team give voice to layers which would otherwise be lost. They also are great booksellers and all the books i have bought are a delight, while broadening my understanding.. Professor Stephen J Hall