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Penang, Malaysia

Gorgeous beaches. Abundant culture. Rich history. Excellent food. Truly, there is more to see and experience in the 'Pearl of the Orient' than one person can possibly handle, but we still think you'll like it. One of the most multicultural cities in all of Asia, Penang is like a concentrated version of the entire continent, while at the same time it maintains an identity all of its own.

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Penang, Malaysia

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One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Penang invites you to get lost (figuratively) in the architectural wonderland of George Town, which doubles as the state's capital city and its Chinese quarter. From here, the massive and opulent Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is truly something to marvel at. Beach lovers simply have to relax for an hour or two on one of the many north coast beaches. And make sure you don't leave without visiting Malaysia's largest Buddhist temple. Finally, if you still have any energy left, there are always the monkey-ridden, 70-acre Botanical Gardens.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Penang, known as the 'food capital of Malaysia', earns its claim with a reputation for outstanding and surprisingly inexpensive street foods. Culinary influences from China, Malaysia, India and Thailand have yielded an array of exciting delicacies that belong uniquely to Penang. More traditional, yet equally fabulous Chinese, Japanese and Korean foods are also readily available.

Sporting Adventures

In the category of oceanic adventures, Penang has it all: Water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, fishing, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving. If you're looking for a chance to break out your driver, choose from any one of Penang's five gorgeous tropical golf courses (advanced booking recommended).

Shopping for Bargains

Shoppers will find it hard, if not impossible, to resist the 65 storeys of Menara KOMTAR, Penang's largest shopping centre and tallest building. However, many other hot spots for shopping exist along the city streets of George Town, and are every bit as inviting. And at dusk Batu Feringgi, the main road, turns into a fun night bazaar. See, we told you there was a lot to do here.

Local Currency

Penang's currency is the Malaysian ringgit. Most of the banks that exchange cash are located in the centre of George Town, but cash machines can be found in the majority of the shopping areas.

Weather in Penang, Malaysia


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Mean Temperature 80° 26.67°
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Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 2.7 in 6.86 cm

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