The Island Of Penang (Pinang)

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General information

Храм Кек Лок Си на Пенанге Temple KEK Lok si in Penang

Penang or Pinang (eng. Penang is the Malay style. Penang or Pulau Pinang) is an island and state in Malaysia on the West coast of the Western (continental) part of the country in the Andaman sea. Located a few kilometers from the shore and connected to the mainland by a bridge (on the interactive Penang map of Malaysia). The territory of the state also includes a small strip of land near the island on the mainland.

More correctly pronounce the name of the island like Penang, but not Penang. So say locals, and even sometimes write Pinang on official documents, signboards and signs. However, the Russian language more entrenched pronunciation and spelling of Penang.

Vacation in Penang

Пляж Бату Ферринги на Пенанге The Beach Of Batu Ferring

Penang is one of the most popular tourist places in Malaysia. The state capital and the Islands, George town (George Town), a UNESCO world heritage site due to the huge number of historical monuments and sights, which attract thousands of tourists annually. The historical part of Georgetown, could be called a Museum under the open sky. Besides the historical monuments, the island has natural attractions, national Park, plenty of entertainment for adults and children. Read more about sights and activities in Penang here...

A beach holiday in Penang underdeveloped. A full-fledged beach resort is only one – is the area of Batu Ferringhi, but even in high season it is not crowded with vacationers. The shore is removed, well-developed beach infrastructure, there is entertainment. But it spoils the water, which is almost always turbid, and sometimes brings ashore the trash. All this is the result of the proximity to large industrial centres and ports on the island and the mainland. There are several small remote beach on the Western shore of the island, but they are remote 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

Район Чайнатаун, Пенанг The Chinatown, Penang

Sometimes compared to Penang island Langkawi, choosing one of them. Both Islands are close to each other and almost at the same distance from Kuala Lumpur (Langkawi is a little farther). The two Islands are almost identical in size, there is similar weather and seasons, the same people. But unlike the Islands of Penang, Langkawi is often compared to a big village. The water and the beaches on Langkawi are much cleaner, but entertainment and less civilization. Holidays in Langkawi are mostly beach, and the attractions of natural character. Penang vacation is, first and foremost, familiarity with the sights, shopping, tours, entertainment. Life in Penang more lively than Langkawi: there are many Nightclubs and entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping centers, souvenir shops and night markets. Beach vacation in Penang are concentrated only in certain parts of the island. Most of the beaches in Penang are dirty, with closely adjacent roads and skyscrapers. This "port-shopping-excursion" the island, and go here for a beach vacation is not worth it. There are good hotels and plenty of budget accommodation, restaurants, beautiful churches, parks and gardens. From the perspective of Penang tours Langkawi is far superior, and is certainly worth a visit.

Langkawi – free trade zone Duty Free, in connection with which alcoholic drinks are much cheaper there than in Penang. To fully understand the difference between the Islands, you should read information and reviews on both Islands, and draw their own conclusions and choices. And even better to visit both Islands.

Weather, tourist seasons, when to go

Penang island is located in the Equatorial climate. Throughout the year there is hot: the temperature at night does not start below 22°C, and in the afternoon below 30°C. the Air is humid, from 70% to 90%. You can relax on the island at any time of the year, but keep in mind the wet season and high season.

Wet season (rainy season) usually runs from September to November. Sometimes the wet season starts early in August. At this time, frequent torrential rains and hurricanes. In General, it is not the best time to visit the island, although the weather in this period is very unpredictable in the best way, and it may well be warm and calm for a long time. During this period, prices for tourist services are reduced so that this is the best time for budget travellers.

The second wet season falls in may, but it is shorter and less intense October.

High season (time of the influx of tourists) begins in late December and lasts until Chinese new year (Chinese new year is determined according to the lunar calendar, usually late January – mid February). For budget travellers this is not the best time as prices on the island are greatly increased.

The season of festivals. Every year from early August to early September for a month in Georgetown is the month of festivals. This is the best time when you can see a lot of festivals, artistic performances, concerts.

Seasons in Penang by months*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Current weather in Penang and the forecast for the near future:

The time in Penang

The time in Penang ahead of Moscow is +5 hours. From winter to summer is not translated.

The current time in Malaysia*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: +5 Samara: +4
Kazan: +5 Nizhny Novgorod: +5
Ekaterinburg: +3 Novosibirsk: +1
Irkutsk: 0 Vladivostok: -2
* - if time is incorrect, refresh the page Ctrl+F5:

Helpful information

Уличная еда на Пенанге Street food in Penang
  • Shopping in Georgetown. The most famous shopping center of the city — Komtar. This 65-storey building, the tallest on the island. In the complex there are offices, shops and restaurants. In its vicinity are several shopping centers. At the top there is an observation deck with panoramic views of the island and the mainland.
  • To move around the island. Penang operates an excellent system of public transport Rapid Penang, which allows public buses to get to almost all the main attractions of the island. Also in the old town of George town free Shuttle buses MPPP Rapid Penang CAT.
  • Girls in Penang. Malaysia is not the best place for adult entertainment. However, in Penang to find girls in the streets Upper Penang Street.
  • The free card. At the reception of each hotel, at the airport, tourist agencies you can pick up a free map of the island marked on them sights, interesting places, discount coupons to restaurants or museums.
  • Attractions in low season. During the low season from September to December, some of the sights on the island may close for repairs or reconstruction to prepare for the new season.
  • Currency exchange. Money can be changed at tourist street, Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia), or around Komtar.
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
minister 26 July, 2018
On the island of Penang in Malaysia, I visited already 3 times. The first time I came for 3 days, second time for a week, for the third time already for 3 weeks. And I think that will go again. Talking to different people on the island and outside it, I notice more and more that this place is very much underestimated. Someone generally knows nothing about it and does not even think about to come. Someone (a lot) arrives in 2-3 days to make Thai or Indonesian visa. Really, Penang is an excellent and very convenient place for visa-wound of those long lives in Thailand (Phuket, Samui, Phangan) and those who "Longstreet" to Bali in Indonesia. But other than that, Penang is also very beautiful and interesting place in itself and that is what I want to share. Their posts in instagram I have inspired several people to go and explore the island a little deeper, and now decided to write a full article in the blog. I hope and believe will inspire even more!
A little General information. Penang is a state in North of Malaysia, just 160 kilometres from the border with Thailand. The state consists of the island and the mainland strip of Seberang-Perai. It is now going about the island, what I liked 3 of their arrival.
The size of Penang is about 2.5 times more than Thai of Koh Phangan, just a quarter more of Koh Samui and is about 20 times smaller than the island of Bali. If you look at the map, we can see that Penang is about halfway between the three most numerous Asian Nations — India, China and Indonesia. This arrangement was facilitated by a large influx of people from these countries and resulted Penang has become a beautiful, harmonious and prosperous center of the mixing of cultures and peoples. Here ...
admin 26 July, 2018
minister, the same question as in other topic. Your message can be construed as spam by the forum rules. ...
Anfisa 21 September, 2018
Please tell me it is better to Penang by plane to Langkawi and back and forth? And 2-3 days is enough to see the most interesting places? Thank you. ...
admin 21 September, 2018

It depends on what you what you mean by "Better" ? If faster, then Yes, the plane is faster, but not so much, because the flight need to arrive for check-in , plus the aircraft arrives at the other end of the island, where the Georgetown still have to drive 30-60 minutes. But the ferry arrives right in Georgeton immediately to the hotel on foot can be reached, if well guided. 2-3 days, in principle, the most interesting to watch. Of course not all will see, but if several days to run the attractions. Also because you are tired physically and mentally, everything will be monotonous, so 3 day norm.
But on the other hand, IMHO, the old parts of Georgetown are so cool, it is possible to walk endlessly, always something interesting. I personally just fell in love with Georgetown, so I went back a second time, and still going. ...
Anfisa 22 September, 2018
Thanks for the reply.. I understand.. better.. tell me the ferry tickets booked in advance or on the spot has to buy for Langkawi ferry to Penang? The hotel is better for sure in advance I guess ...
admin September 23, 2018

Better, at least for the day. It is possible to buy over the Internet in place. But the place is inconvenient, you have to spend on taxi to the pier and back, and time to spend. Via the Internet here can try: or ...
Aleksandrr August 16, 2019
Good day. In November we will cruise in Langkawi - Penang - Klang. Should you buy a group tour? What is most interesting and need to uvideti? What popracovat from the local cuisine? And what nicolee popular Souvenirs to buy? Thank you ...
admin August 18, 2019

Hello! Well, you start to read our guide, it's no wonder they tried to write And here is clarifying the questions to ask, and that they are too extensive you. ...
lyudochka 21 October, 2019
Good afternoon. For the first time will be on at hotel Jen Penang in Georgetown . Tell me how faster and better to find graffiti? The landmark Komtar tower ...
admin 21 October, 2019

Hello! Graffiti is not in one place, but scattered around the old town. So just go out and walk on foot. Find streets Lebuh Chulia, Lebun Pantai, Lebuh Armenian. And you can find accommodation in hotels and travel agencies are free of the map marked with graffiti. ...