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Welcome to Penang

Karen, your guide to Penang from Escape Worldwide.

“I love the atmosphere of Penang, it’s great fun with plenty to do beoyond the beach, and some excellent food!”

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Karen in Penang

What to do in Penang

The Island's capital, Georgetown, is well worth exploring, with influences from differing cultures and eras adding to its historic feel. Away from the coast, Penang is hilly and lush, and getting away from the beach can be most rewarding. The beach areas along the Island's north coast, however, are the main draw, and offer a relaxed option for a fun-filled holiday.

Where to stay in Penang

Most of the beaches are located along the north of the island, with bustling Batu Ferringhi being home to a great selection of places to stay, eat and drink. Check out the food market in the centre of the resort for a great selection of local food at low prices. Between here and Georgetown, Tanjung Bungah is a smaller resort area that also has a number of hotels.

Holiday ideas to Penang

Spend a week or two simply relaxing in Penang, or combine Penang with Kuala Lumpur for an interesting twin centre holiday. Penang can also be combined with other locations such as Borneo or Singapore for an excellent multi centre itinerary combining Penang and beyond.

Once one of the most important cities in the Far East, today Penang is a mix of beaches and culture, history and relaxation. A fairly small island located off Malaysia's west coast, Penang holds a wealth of interest to today's visitor on a holiday to Penang. A chain of beaches along the north coast welcome most visitors, while nearby Georgetown is UNESCO Heritage listed and packed with interest.

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Hotels and resort in Penang


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Suggested sightseeing

Tastes and Traditions in Penang - Small Group Tour

This Penang walking tour will set your taste buds salivating as you sample the best of the city’s street food scene. Your guide is a local foodie who will ensure you’re stuffed with sweet and savoury treats as you learn about traditional Malaysian cuisine. Along the way, take in some history as you wander old city streets, passing preserved heritage sites, and stopping at famed food spots. There’s no better way to literally taste the cultural diversity of Penang!

- Prices from £44 per person

Pulau Payar Marine Park from Penang - Private Tour

Discover some of Malaysia’s best snorkelling as you taken to the crystal clear waters of Pulau Payar where you will find magical coral reefs and a multitude of brightly colourful tropical fish.

- Prices from £111 per person

Getting to Penang

Arrival airport Penang
Transfer time approx 45 minutes

Penang is most easily reached via Kuala Lumpur, which has direct services from Heathrow with Malaysia Airlines. There's also indirect services with a host of airlines from all major UK airports. Onward flights link Penang to Langkawi, Phuket, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Time difference GMT +8
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
Language Bahasa Malay (English is widely spoken)

Entry details (for British nationals) a visa is not required for stays of up to 3 months. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. While planning your holiday and before you depart check the latest travel advice at

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