With a unique culture and heritage that stems from Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences, the island of Penang and its capital George Town are a living museum charting an intriguing history. The island, sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, boasts a fusion of the East and the West, a mix of the old and the new and some of the best cuisine Malaysia has to offer.

  • The island’s main stretch Batu Ferringhi Beach is a hive of activity and a bit of shopping at the night market is a must
  • You can experience Penang’s rich cultural heritage in the capital George Town, a UNESCO-listed city showcasing the diverse Chinese, Malay and British cultures
  • Reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the island is the cuisine and you can sample mouthwatering dishes at from the numerous hawker stalls

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Good to know

Time difference:

GMT + 8 Hours


George Town


Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Flying time to destination:

14 hours

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When to visit

Jan 31°c
Feb 31°c
Mar 31°c
Apr 31°c
May 31°c
Jun 31°c
Jul 30°c
Aug 30°c
Sep 30°c
Oct 30°c
Nov 30°c
Dec 31°c
Further climate information

Recommended Penang Hotels

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La


7 nights, Room & Breakfast, 26 Sep '19

from £1,257

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa


7 nights, Room & Breakfast, 10 Oct '19

from £1,463

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