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Tourism in Penang

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Best time to visit
Nov - Jan
Ideal Duration
4-5 Days
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Starting from
Rs. 7,000
  • Ideal for families
  • Ideal for friends
  • Adventure

About Penang Attractions

Penang is a quaint city located in the country of Malaysia. There are several attractions in Penang that include a diverse range of places to visit and things to do that will compel you plan a vacation here. It is a wonderful experience to be part of the surging Penang tourism in the present times. Before visiting Penang, have a look at its history, culture, climate and much more.

History of Penang

Penang, a state in Malaysia, is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia and joined by the Malacca Strait. Penang is categorised into two parts - Penang Island, where its capital George Town city is located, and Seberang Perai which was the former Province of Wellesley and located on the Malay Peninsula. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia in terms of land mass. On its north and east, it is bordered by Kedah and Perak on its south. One of the parts of Penang, Penang Island is connected to other parts of the state by two of the longest road bridges of Malaysia - Penang Bridge and Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge. It is also an interesting fact that the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge is the longest bridge(overseas) in Southeast Asia.

Facts About Penang

Penang is popular as an exotic holiday destination among tourists worldwide. Once upon a time, Penang was also known as Pulau Pinang or the “Isle of the Betel Nut”. It is now included in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2008. Penang is blessed with virgin cultural sights and scenery. Fondly known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is dotted with soft sandy beaches. It also makes up for the food capital of Malaysia.

Although Penang is not very big in area, it is home to some of the most attractive places such as Tanjung Bungah, Penang Hill and Snake Temple. The picturesque Georgetown and the enchanting Tropical Spice Garden in Penang are some of the cities other major attractions. The Tropical Spice Garden is also the only spice garden in South East Asia. Penang’s flea markets are also quite popular among tourists.

Just like the other parts of Malaysia, Penang also enjoys a tropical rainforest climate. Some of the months in Penang are affected by a tropical monsoon climate also. Penang enjoys a dry and less humid climate during the months from December to February. The encompassing seas and current wind system of Penang is responsible for such type of climate. As Penang is located in close proximity to the island of Sumatra, the dust particles from transient forest fires are carried by the wind. This activity causes a phenomenon which is known as the Southeast Asian haze.

Culture of Penang

Penang is a wonderful confluence of eastern cultures in the entire world. It has been one of the long-standing connections between Asia and Europe and the Middle East. Penang is diverse, cosmopolitan and urban at the same time. The remarkable art scene and free-spirited carnivals define the atmosphere of Penang while the local enthusiasm is a product of the state’s history and kaleidoscope of cultures.

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Penang National Park in Penang

Earlier known as Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, the Penang National Park is also known as the ‘Bay of Glowing Amber’ because of its splendid sunset views. The park covers an approximate area of 2.77 square km and was set up for the preservation and conservation of the flora and fauna along with the geological, ethnological, h...

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Fort Cornwallis In Penang

Nestled on the north-eastern coast of Penang Island in a proximity to Penang Clock Tower and Esplanade, the star-shaped bastion, called Fort Cornwallis is one of the most prominent landmarks in the region. Named after Marquis Charles Cornwallis, this attraction is Penang’s one of the oldest European structures, and Malaysia...

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Are you someone who gets thrilled at hearing something spooky and ghost related? Does the tales of evils and ghosts charge you up? If yes, then Ghost Museum is a place you must try on your next visit to Penang in Malaysia. It is a place that looks small but it will make you slip off your feet. Featuring spooky and horror st...

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A chinese temple in Bayan Lepas, Snake Temple is an attraction is Southwest Penang Island district of Penang in Malaysia. The Snake Temple is also known as the Temple of the Azure Cloud in most places. The temple was built in the year 1805 for a Buddhist monk, Chor Soo Kong. The Buddhist monk is still holds a high esteem am...

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Batu Ferringhi Night Market in Penang

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Tropical Spice Garden In Penang

Tropical Spice Garden in Penang is spread in an area of 8 acres, where one can witness around 500 different species of flora and fauna. Located on the road from Teluk Bahang junction, the park has three beautiful garden trails that take you through splendid streams, waterfalls, and few figures and structures made from reuse...

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Travel to Penang

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By Air

India is well connected with Penang by air. The distance by flight between Delhi and Penang is approximately 3560 km while from Mumbai it is 3340 km. It takes around 8 to 9 hours to reach Penang from India. There are no direct flights between India and Penang. However there are a number of indirect flights which will help you reach Penang from India. Major flights that operate between India and Penang are Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, and Malindo Air. If you want to get to Penang from Kuala Lumpur then you will easily reach in just 50 minutes by flights like AirAsia.

By Train

There is no direct train connectivity between India and Penang. But if you are planning to travel to Penang by train then it is possible. It takes around 6 hours for the entire journey between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The nearest train station is Butterworth station in Penang from where ferries run to get to Penang Island.

By Road

There is no road connectivity between India and Penang. However, Penang can be reached by road from Kuala Lumpur by renting a car, taxi or by bus. Buses to Penang run from Puduraya bus stand in Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Nibong in Penang. It takes around 5. 5 hours to reach Penang from Kuala Lumpur by bus. Keep your Penang Malaysia map handy so that you do not miss out on any direction. Another way to reach Penang by road is by hiring a taxi or renting a car, however this can be a bit pricey as compared to public transport.

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    Narayana Bettadapura

    Bangalore

    Narayana's 11 days trip to Penang

    First of all both me and my friend had booked the trip together with our families. He booked a different flight for both of us from Singapore to Malaysia and didn't arrange for the pick up from Airport to the hotel in Kuala Lumpur for my friend. Also because of lack of co-ordination, we could not do
    the half day city tour that day and we had to squeeze in this on another day. They had charged us for the fast pass at universal studios in Singapore but finally gave us only the regular pass. We had to separately pay 60 Singapore Dollars per person to purchase that. Overall i would not recommend this agent to anyone. At one point of time we were at mercy of this guy because the plan was not in place and that too this happened after we reached Kuala Lumpur.
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    Karthik

    Hyderabad

    Karthik's 8 days trip to Penang

    I would like to thank travel triangle and Smiling trips for making my trip memorable. I would whole heartedly thank deepanshi and ankit for making my trip go well and i loved their follow ups and fast responses and smiling trips you people gave the trip in good price and i love to take one more tri
    p with your agency only. I appreciate every one for making trip memorable and making it happen in budget. Thank you so much.
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    Sanket Bhamkar

    Nagpur

    Sanket's 8 days trip to Penang

    Service was upto mark. Wud look forward to plan many more holiday with TT.
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    Kumari Priyadarshini

    Phuket

    Kumari's 2 days trip to Penang

    Rather than hotel room every thing good. deepanshi is awesome most of the time she is avilable with your queries ans. Definitely recommend her.
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    Sumit Bist

    Ahmedabad

    Sumit's 4 days trip to Penang

    4 star hotel with good name was provided on the recommendation of the agent. When we reached hotel they were not ready to provide room before their check in time of 3pm. On the last day hotel power supply outage was there and we had to be without electricity for about 5 hours in the midnight. Really
    bad experience. Trip was ok, points were ok city tour could have been more.
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    Prasun

    New delhi

    Prasun's 5 days trip to Penang

    I am quite happy with the trips and all around management of the same. Most of the things were good with few exceptions and that might be because of some lack of knowledge from my side or their side but still overall experience is good. Anjali - with whom we planned our trip was nice, coordinating
    and humble throughout the trip and even at onsite destination she was regularly in touch. Malaysia local tourist agency was also very professional and supportive. Pick-up, drop, local guiding, behavior, in all spheres they maintained their decency. So on gathering all the points on the scale of 10, I will give them 7.5. Langkawi hotel , Bella Vista, its sea side view and location in the city with all around facilities including Indian restaurant nearby for food gives us good experience there.
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    Dushyant Verma

    Bengaluru

    Dushyant's 4 days trip to Penang

    Had a wonderful trip.. special thnx to Kushark Holidays Maily I would like to thank Mr "Ankush".. For giving best trip.. Beautiful Langkawi With Kuala Lumpur trip!!!
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    Deepak Gupta

    Mumbai

    Deepak's 10 days trip to Penang

    I would like to Thanks Mr. Ankush for this wonderful tour with all his services, man lucky that he handled our tour, i was worried before because i was traveling so many countries(Thailand, Singapore And Malaysia) before but he make sure that we will not face any issues.i will definitely planning wi
    th them again, Keep Rocking! I had Great Trip .They are very professional with there clients especially Mr. Ankush from there operation backend who was always available on phone and chat. Trip to Bangkok, Pattaya, Singapore And Malaysia………..
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    Shruti Surana

    Bhubaneswar

    Shruti's 5 days trip to Penang

    We traveled to Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur 4 Nights and 5 days. Ankush Kushark holidays coordinated very well for customization of the trip. Got very prompt response in each step, which is the best part of our planning. the trip was very memorable and all friends enjoyed the tour. Malaysia trip with
    friends group
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    Mikita Shah

    Ahmedabad

    Mikita's 8 days trip to Penang

    Enjoyed family trip to Singapore & Malaysia with Kushark holidays. Mr. Ankush has managed everything very nicely and He was quick in her responses and always supportive. Everything was in order and the best. Perfect Holiday…….. Family trip to Singapore & Malaysia.

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    FAQ's of Penang

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    Is Penang accessible by road?

    Penang is accessible by road only from the neighbouring cities. International travel is not possible by roads.

    How safe is Penang for tourists?

    Penang is quite safe for tourists. There are rare occurrences of any major crimes in Penang apart from petty thefts and robbery.

    What is the currency acceptable in Penang?

    The local currency acceptable in Penang is the Malaysian ringgit.

    Is drinking water safe in Penang?

    Drinking water at all places is not safe in Penang. It is advisable to carry a bottle of mineral water along.

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