Tethered to the mainland by two bridges, the island of Penang is an exciting mix of old and new, combining historic architecture with charming beaches and traditional fruit farms. George Town, Penang’s World Heritage-listed capital, is filled with British colonial history and Chinese temples, while its numerous food markets sell mouth-watering dishes with influences of Indian, Thai, European and Chinese cuisine. Wander through George Town to see the merging of past and present cultural influences in the city’s architecture, festivals and restaurants. From night markets and shopping strips to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful gardens and beaches, Penang has plenty to offer. Come hungry though, as Penang’s tempting curries and stir fries could keep you entertained for weeks!
Popular Tailor-made Penang Holidays
Penang, specifically George Town, is one of the highlights of a trip to the Malaysian Peninsula. For this reason, it’s included in our tailor-made Malaysia holiday itineraries. The below Journeys are just an example of what our Experts can create for you, and are designed to take in the best of Malaysia, including Penang. These holidays also include everything from flights to transfers, hand-picked hotels, day tours and experiences. To book this type of holiday, or to tailor it to suit you, talk to an Expert today.
17 Days from£ 2,765 pp
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Popular Penang Beach Holidays
Want to get a real taste for the beauty of Penang, to smell the heady aroma of nutmeg in the air, to laze on palm-fringed beaches? Then our Escapes range of holidays is the answer. Our Penang Escapes make the most of this compact yet exotic isle, fusing together flights and accommodation in the best resorts, as well as exclusive extras like discounted massages, upgrades or vouchers.
7 Nights from£ 979 pp
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Penang Holiday Types
Whether for romance or adventure, some beach time or a bit of everything, we can create the perfect Penang holiday for you. For inspiration, see our Penang holiday types below or talk to one of our Experts today.
More About Penang
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Flight time: The London to Penang flight time is around 14 hours and 24 minutes, and includes a stopover in Kuala Lumpur.
Vaccinations: We recommend visiting your doctor or our Travel Clinic six weeks before travelling. Travellers from the UK to Malaysia are recommended to be vaccinated for MMR, DTaP, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
Top 3 Things to Do in Penang
- Explore the streets of George Town
- Take in the views from Penang Hill
- Try the local dish char kway teow
Getting Around Penang
If you’re sticking to George Town, walking is the best and easiest way to see the sights, and walking tours are popular. However, if it’s a little too hot for walking, then taking a trishaw is the next best thing. These three-wheeled bikes have two-seater cabins, and your driver, who often doubles as a tour guide, can stop whenever you fancy for taking photos. Just agree the price before you get in. To explore further afield a taxi is your best bet, and you’ll need to catch a ferry, train or a bus to get back to the mainland.
When to Go to Penang
Penang’s equatorial climate brings warm, humid weather all year-round. However, as Penang is an island, it gets hotter than the mainland, with temperatures consistently over 30°C. Days are mostly bright and sunny, making any time of year the best time to visit as long as you don’t mind the heat. Penang’s wet season takes place from April to October, with rain mainly common in April, May and October, and high humidity. The dry season from November to March enjoys temperatures around 32°C. January or February is a special time to visit as Chinese New Year takes place with a colourful celebration.
Why Book Your Penang Holiday With Flight Centre
Penang Journeys Holidays: Our range of tailor-made Penang holidays called Journeys include all the best bits you expect from a trip – flights, accommodation and transfers – not to mention some great tours and experiences.
Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.
Flight Centre concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance service: When you book a holiday to Penang from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.