Although it is Malaysia’s smallest state, Penang island (Pulau Pinang) is one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations, combining the influences of half a dozen cultures. Within sight of the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula – and linked to it by road bridges – the island is the birthplace of tourism in Malaysia. With great beaches, a mellow climate, and a colourful collection of attractions – several of which claim to be the largest, tallest, longest or oldest of their kind.

Facts

Population

Penang State 1.6 million

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 1 ringgit = 100 cents

Opening hours

Banks and offices are open Monday-Friday 9.15am–4.30pm, closed Saturday and Sunday. Post offices are open Monday-Saturday 8.30am-5pm (closed first Saturday of each month and Sundays). Large shopping malls and department stores are open from 10am till 9 or 10pm.

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Tourist information

Georgetown, 10, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh, Barakbah 10200 Georgetown Pulau Pinang, Malaysia +604 262 0066 / 261 9067 Penang International Airport Pulau Pinang Malaysia +604-643-0501

Travel to Penang

Book your flights to Penang with Etihad Airways and prepare to explore all that this Pearl of the Orient has to offer.

Top 5 Things To Do in Penang

  • Browse the renowned street markets of Georgetown looking for some hidden gems
  • Spend a day reliving the past as you tour Fort Cornwallis
  • Enjoy the hundreds of species of bird that make the Penang Bird Park home
  • Enjoy the kaleidoscope of colours of the fish you spot while snorkelling off the coast of Pulau Song
  • Search for one of the many hidden waterfalls on an exhilarating jungle trek

Plan Your Penang Holiday

The beauty and history of Penang fill your senses from the minute you arrive. The ancient reminders of the past are everywhere you turn, proudly displaying their intricate architecture. From traditional Malaysian designs to colonial remnants of a brief British era the sights are all around you. The smells of unparalleled Malaysian cuisine waft through the air as if to remind you that Penang is often referred to as the Palate of the Orient as well. The sounds of traditional Malaysian folk songs and the haggling of the local merchants help to immerse you in this amazing city’s culture and people.

The peak tourist season in Penang coincides with the dry season which runs from December to March. It is the best time of year to enjoy the many water activities available in and around Penang. It is strongly recommended that you buy your tickets to Penang early if you want to travel at this time of year. It is easier to find cheap hotels in Penang during the off-season from April to November which is the rainy season. Finding flight deals to Penang is always easy with Etihad Airways throughout the year.