Penang Island (Penang)

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General information

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

Penang or Penang (English Penang, Malay. Pulau Penang or Pinang) is an island and state in Malaysia on the west coast of the western (mainland) part of the country in the Andaman Sea. Located a few kilometers offshore and connected to the mainland by a bridge (Penang on an interactive map of Malaysia). The territory of the state also includes a small strip of land near the island on the mainland.

It is more correct to pronounce the name of the island as Penang rather than Penang. This is what the locals say, and even sometimes write Pinang on official documents, signs and signs. However, the pronunciation and spelling of Penang are more entrenched in Russian.

Holidays in Penang

Batu Ferring Beach

Penang is one of Malaysia's most popular tourist destinations. The capital of the state and the island, the city of George Town, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list due to the huge number of historical monuments and attractions that attract hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. The historical part of Georgetown can be called an open-air museum. In addition to historical monuments, the island has natural attractions, a National Park, a lot of entertainment for adults and children. Learn more about attractions and entertainment in Penang here...

Beach holidays in Penang are poorly developed. In fact, there is only one full – fledged Beach Resort here-this is the Batu Ferringhi area, but even in the high season it is not crowded with vacationers. The coast is cleaned here, the beach infrastructure is well developed, there is entertainment. But Everything spoils the water, which is almost always muddy, and sometimes still brings household garbage to the shore. All this is the result of the proximity to major industrial centers and ports on the island and the mainland. There are several small remote beaches on the western shore of the island, but they are difficult to access and there is absolutely no tourist infrastructure. Read more about the beaches and areas of Penang, where it is better to stay here...

Langkawi or Penang

Chinatown District

Sometimes Penang is compared with Langkawi Island, choosing one of them for a holiday. Both islands are close to each other and almost the same distance from Kuala Lumpur (Langkawi is a little further away). The two islands are almost the same size, there are similar weather and seasons, the same people. But unlike the island city of Penang, Langkawi is often compared to a large village. The water and beaches on Langkawi are much cleaner, but there is less entertainment and civilization. Holidays in Langkawi are mostly beach, and the sights are only natural. In Penang, recreation is, first of all, acquaintance with attractions, shopping, excursions, entertainment. Life in Penang is more lively than in Langkawi: there are many nightclubs and entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping centers, souvenir shops and night markets. Beach holidays in Penang are concentrated only in certain parts of the island. Most of Penang's beaches are muddy, with roads and skyscrapers right next to them. This is a "port-trade-excursion" Island, and you should not go here only for a beach holiday. There are good hotels and lots of budget accommodation, a variety of restaurants, beautiful temples, parks and gardens. In terms of excursions, Penang is far superior to Langkawi, and certainly worth a visit.

Langkawi is a Duty Free Free Trade Zone, which is why alcoholic beverages there are much cheaper than in Penang. To fully understand the difference between the islands, you should read the information and reviews about both islands, and make your conclusions and choices. Better yet, visit both islands.

Weather, tourist seasons, when it is better to go

Penang Island is located in the equatorial climate zone. Throughout the year it is hot here: the temperature at night does not start below 22°C degrees, and during the day not below 30°C. The air is humid, 70% to 90%. You can go to rest on the island at any time of the year, but you should keep in mind the wet season and high season.

Wet season (rainy season) usually runs from September to November. Sometimes the wet season starts earlier – in August. At this time, heavy rains are frequent and there may be hurricanes. In general, this is not the best time to visit the island, although the weather during this period is very unpredictable for the better, and may well be warm and calm for a long time. During this period, prices for tourist services are reduced, so this is the best time for economical travelers.

Second wet season falls in May, but it is shorter and less intense than October.

High season (time of influence of tourists) begins at the end of December and continues until the Chinese New Year (Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar, usually end of January – mid-February). For thrifty tourists, this is not the best time, as prices on the island rise significantly.

Festival season. Every year from the beginning of August to the beginning of September, a month of festivals takes place in Georgetown. This is the best time when you can see a lot of festivals, creative performances, concerts.

Seasons in Penang by month, when is the best time to go

Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov. Dec

* best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit

Current weather in Penang and forecast for the near future:

Penang time

Time in Penang is ahead of Moscow by +5 hours. Does not translate from winter to summer.

Current time in Malaysia*
Разница по времени с городами:
Москва: +5 Самара: +4
Казань: +5 Нижний Новгород: +5
Екатеринбург: +3 Новосибирск: +1
Иркутск: 0 Владивосток: -2
* - если время неверно, обновите страницу Ctrl+F5:

Useful information

Penang Street Food
  • Shopping in Georgetown. The most famous shopping center of the city is Komtar. This 65-storey building is the tallest on the island. The complex has offices, shops and restaurants. There are also several shopping centers in the surrounding area. At the top there is an observation deck with panoramic views of the island and the mainland.
  • Moving around the island. Penang has an excellent public transport system Rapid Penang, which allows city buses to get to almost all the main attractions of the island. Free Rapid Penang MPPP CAT tour buses also run through the Old Town of Georgetown.
  • Girls in Penang. Malaysia is not the best place for adult entertainment. However, in Penang, girls can be found in the Upper Penang Street area.
  • Free maps. At the reception of each hotel, at the airport, travel agencies, you can take free maps of the island with marked sights, interesting places, discount coupons for restaurants or museums.
  • Attractions in low season. During the low season from September to December, some attractions on the island may close for repairs or renovations to prepare for the new season.
  • Currency exchange. you can exchange money on the tourist street Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia), or around the Komtar tower.

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