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Penang Travel Guide

Everything You Need to Know About Penang

Penang – a world renowned exotic holiday destination – was known, once upon a time, as Pulau Pinang or the “Isle of the Betel Nut”. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, this virgin paradise has no shortage of cultural sights and natural scenery.

Nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. Some of the most interesting sites of Penang include the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah, the landscape from the summit of Penang Hill and the vipers in the Snake Temple. The quaint nooks and crannies of Georgetown and the Tropical Spice Garden – the only spice garden in South East Asia – as well as Penang’s many flea markets, pasar malams’, KOMTAR and modern shopping malls also merit a visit.

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  • First Time in Penang? Pick the right area for your hotel...

    Before booking your hotel in Penang, check out our quick rundown of Penang’s popular districts. Choosing the right hotel Read More»

  • 10 'Must See' Attractions

    10 'Must See' Attractions

    Penang is bathed in history and filled with lots of great attractions. Our list of Top 10 Things to Do in Penang will Read More»

  • Top 10 Restaurants

    10 Best Penang Restaurants

    Penang is an island best known as Malaysia’s unofficial food capital, and with several top notch dining rooms opening in Read More»

  • Discover Penang in 24 Hours

    Experience Penang's unique heritage by enjoying the local culture and famous cuisine while exploring centuries-old Read More»

  • Top 10 Nightlife

    10 Best Penang Nightlife

    Rooftop lounges, beach bars, night markets, temples and sunset cruises are just a few of the not-to-be-missed Top 10 Read More»

  • Top 10 Shopping

    10 Best Penang Shopping

    With shopping podiums scattered all over and an abundance of street markets, Penang’s retail landscape is almost as Read More»

Top 10 Best Hotels

Top 10 Best Hotels in Penang

Compiled a list of Penang’s Top Ten beachfront and city hotels and resorts – their flawless service and value for money Read More...

Top 10 Luxury Hotels

Top 10 Luxury Hotels

So treat yourself to the very best and you won't regret it. Have a look through our Top Ten Luxury Hotel listings and Read More...

Top 10 Budget Hotels

Top 10 Budget Hotels

It's the same story with accommodation and if you choose to go budget you'll find that there is no shortage of choices Read More...

Top 10 Beach Hotels

Top 10 Beach Hotels

Having your hotel by a beach is therefore a prerequisite for beach lovers so have a look at our Top Ten Beach Hotel Read More...

Top 10 Central Hotels

Top 10 Central Hotels

The central district hotels reflect this disparity - after all, this is where you can find the colonial and majestic Read More...

Top 10 Family Hotels

Top 10 Family Hotels

Ask any mum or dad and they'll tell you that, without the required amenities and facilities, holidaying with kids can be Read More...

10 'Must See' Attractions

10 'Must See' Attractions

Penang is bathed in history and filled with lots of great attractions. Our list of Top 10 Things to Do in Penang will Read More...

Discover Penang in 24 Hours

Experience Penang's unique heritage by enjoying the local culture and famous cuisine while exploring centuries-old Read More...

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

Standing on a hilltop at Air Itam, near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Read More...

Top 5 Tours in Penang

Top 10 Tours in Penang

Running out of time to see & do it all? See this quick and handy tour guide which will help you to find out the best Read More...

Penang City Tours

Discover the city of Penang, where there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities as well a chance to sample its culture Read More...

Penang Airport Transfer

Penang Airport Transfer

The best way to reach your hotel is by an airport transfer – cost-friendly and convenient, you can book one in advance Read More...

Featured Stories

  • 5 Best Beachfront Restaurants in Penang

    Offering top notch food and unobstructed views of the ocean, our guide to the 5 Best Beachfront Restaurants in Penang Read More»

  • 32 at the Mansion

    32 at the Mansion

    The perfect spot for a little Sunday socialising, or even an extra special night out with Cupid in tow, 32 at the Read More»

  • Penang Wonderfood Museum

    Penang Wonderfood Museum offers visitors a kitsch, kooky and in-depth look at the city’s unique food culture with Read More»

  • Cheah Kongsi

    Cheah Kongsi

    Cheah Kongsi is the first of Penang’s five great Hokkien clan houses. Set in the block beside Khoo Kongsi, it resembles Read More»

  • Penang National Park

    Penang National Park

    Penang National Park, otherwise known as Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, is a piece of nature reserve in the northwest corner Read More»

  • Mews Café Penang

    Mews Café Penang

    Georgetown's popular Mews Café finds the perfect balance between old and new, with a traditional kopitiam vibe livened Read More»

Georgetown

Georgetown

Georgetown is Penang Island 's capital city with a long and illustrious history under British colonial times. It is also Read More...

Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi's is Penang Island's most popular beach destination for tourists and locals. This long stretch of sandy Read More...

Gurney

Gurney

One of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’, Gurney is a deluge of hawker Read More...

Tanjung Bungah

Tanjung Bungah

Located closely to Georgetown, Tanjung Bungah is hidden among lush greenery and rocky landscapes. Some claim that the Read More...

Bayan Lepas

Bayan Lepas

Home to the Free Industrial Zone. But it’s not all factories and industrial areas here, Bayan Lepas has its own charms Read More...

Seberang Perai

Seberang Perai

Penang consists of a 285 sq. km island connected via a 13 km bridge to an additional 760 sq. km of mainland, referred to Read More...

Jerejak Island

Jerejak Island

Located just off the island’s south-east, Pulau Jerejak is a lush tropical island with a rich and colourful past. Once Read More...

Top 10 Shopping

10 Best Penang Shopping

With shopping podiums scattered all over and an abundance of street markets, Penang’s retail landscape is almost as Read More...

Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza Shopping Mall

Gurney Plaza is Gurney Drive’s premier shopping mall, with over 400 retail outlets on 7 levels of space including a Read More...

Gurney Paragon Mall

Gurney Paragon Mall

Set along Persiaran Gurney and incorporating a heritage building into its design, the seafront Gurney Paragon Mall is Read More...

Top 10 Nightlife

10 Best Penang Nightlife

Rooftop lounges, beach bars, night markets, temples and sunset cruises are just a few of the not-to-be-missed Top 10 Read More...

Hard Rock Cafe Penang

Hard Rock Cafe Penang

Located in Batu Ferringhi, Hard Rock Cafe Penang is famous its classic American rock vibe, a roster of local and Read More...

Bora Bora by Sunset

Bora Bora by Sunset

Some say Bora Bora by Sunset is a rising star in Penang’s restaurant scene. We’ll let you be the judge. There’s much to Read More...

Top 10 Restaurants

10 Best Penang Restaurants

Penang is an island best known as Malaysia’s unofficial food capital, and with several top notch dining rooms opening in Read More...

Ferringhi Grill Restaurant

A fine diner in Shangri La Rasa Rayang Resort & Spa, Ferringhi Grill provides more than just good fusion food, with Read More...

Mews Café Penang

Mews Café Penang

Georgetown's popular Mews Café finds the perfect balance between old and new, with a traditional kopitiam vibe livened Read More...

Getting Around Penang

Getting Around Penang

Penang gets pretty congested during rush hour in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. The roads on Penang Island are Read More...

Penang International Airport

Penang International Airport

One of Malaysia’s tourist trump cards, Penang – the northern gateway to Malaysia – is unquestionably popular. Read More...

Weather in Penang

Weather in Penang

Temperatures generally range between 29°C - 35°C during the day and 26°C - 29°C during the night. The weather is mostly Read More...

Getting There

Getting There

The Penang International Airport located in the south receives direct flights from major capitals in the region. Read More...

Festivals & Events in Penang

Festivals & Events in Penang

Just like any other state in Malaysia, Penang's people celebrate the major festivals associated with their race, namely Read More...

Penang Map

Penang Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels, facilities and guest comments as well as Read More...

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