The Island Of Penang (Pinang)
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
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
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 (tourist flow) 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*
* 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 (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.