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If the amalgamation of beautiful vistas, the cosmopolitan capital of George Town and the picturesque fishing villages doesn’t grab your attention, the fact that Jimmy Choo was born here may just put Penang on your luxury holiday destination list.
As well as being the home of the famed fashion designer, Penang is also a haven of opulence thanks to its abundance of five-star hotels and resorts found throughout the island. The majority stand proudly on the coast and boast watersports as well as traditional Malaysian spas with a whole host of treatments to unwind in post-exploration.
Speaking of adventuring, we’re sure you’ll want to see all the sights and sounds that make this state tick. George Town is where the action is with quieter areas such as Teluk Bahang reachable by car in under an hour from the capital. In Teluk Bahang you will find pristine golden sands and a fantastic array of seafood eateries.
Known as the food paradise of Malaysia, Penang is a dream for foodies thanks to the various markets and districts that have top quality fare at the top of their menus. Reflecting the Chinese Nyona, Malay and Indian mix of nationalities found in the area, you’ll be tucking into mouth-watering dishes full of flavours that you never thought existed before. Make sure to head to the markets of George Town too, so you can sample other local delicacies.
Whether you want to explore via trishaw or wander to sights such as the Kek Lok Si Temple, you’re bound to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of this Malaysian state. Memories are sure to be made and fun is guaranteed to be had.
If you’re after impeccable dishes to try and a plethora of cuisines to devour, you’re in luck thanks to the eclectic mix of markets, restaurants and bars to try in Penang. For a stay in the heart of this foodie paradise, call one of our personal travel managers now.

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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +8
  • Capital: George Town
  • Nearest Airport: Penang International Airport
  • Best Foodie Hangout: Kebaya

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 28°c   Feb: 28°c   Mar: 28°c  
Apr: 28°c   May: 28°c   Jun: 28°c  
Jul: 27°c   Aug: 27°c   Sep: 27°c  
Oct: 27°c   Nov: 27°c   Dec: 28°c  


Penang in a Nutshell

Soak Up The Culture
  • For a taste of traditional Malaysia, the Kek Lok Si Temple is a must. Fanciful architecture that will make your jaw drop makes this a must-see for all those staying in Penang for the first time. Make sure to visit in the evening as the lights make for a wonderful show.
  • With shopping, restaurants and contemporary art found throughout, China House is great should you want to lap up the culture. Found in George Town, this should be a stop off on your whirlwind tour of the area.
  • Teluk Bahang is just a 35-minute drive from George Town and is home to the Tropical Spice Garden. With more than 500 species of flora on show, all your senses are sure to be reawakened during a trip here.

Tastes To Try 
  • For a decadent taste of true Asian and Malaysian cuisine, Kebaya in George Town is an absolute must. Catering for families as well as couples with ease, bask in the traditional and elegant interiors while you tuck into gourmet dishes.
  • Thirty Two at the Mansion can be found close by should you want even more grandeur with your meal. European and Asian fare are top of the menu here accompanied by amazing views of Penang.
  • For brilliant tastes of the ocean, Bali Hai Seafood Market is a must. Sample flavours and dishes that are sure to satisfy your appetite while soaking up the local atmosphere that has made this spot ever so popular in recent years.

Life’s A Beach 
  • Batu Feringghi Beach is one of the most popular in the state, found in Pulau Penang. With watersports and volley ball on offer, this is a top choice for sport-enthusiasts wanting to soak up the sun. Many five-star hotels can also be found here, so for a back garden with a difference, a stay in one of them is a must.
  • Just 15-minutes by car from Batu Feringghi, Monkey Beach is a more remote and scenic option home to many of the cheeky creatures as well as snack shacks so you can really make a day of it with family and friends.
  • The Penang National Park hosts not only beaches but also lush greenery to wander through, fantastic for families and larger groups wanting to explore.

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