About Penang

Penang or Pulau Pinang (in Malay) is a state in Malaysia located at the  Strait of Malacca, off the Northwestern coast of Peninsular. It is divided into two parts by the Penang Strait, an 11 kilometre-wide strait that separates Penang Island (293 km2) and Seberang Perai (751 km2) from mainland Peninsula. They are connected by the two longest bridges in Malaysia, the Penang Bridge (about 13.5 km) and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (about 24 km) ; the latter is also the longest sea bridge in Southeast Asia as of May 2019.

The capital of Penang, Georgetown, is located at Northeast of the island. The island is home to nearly half of Penang’s population, the most densely populated island & among the most advanced and richest states in Malaysia. The heterogeneous community of race, culture, language and religion is highly diverse. Penang is home to large Eurasian, Siamese and expatriate populations, apart from the three dominant races, the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians.

Best Time To Visit Penang

Like the rest of Malaysia, Penang Island has a tropical rainforest climate, although it also borders on a tropical monsoon climate. Around December and February, Penang Island experiences much drier weather. The city sees on average around 2,477 millimetres (97.5 in) of precipitation annually with the lowest being 60 millimetres (2.4 in) in February while the highest was around 210 millimetres (8.3 in) between August and October. The average yearly temperature ranging in between 23°C to 35°C.

Thus, with only dry & wet season on the island, Penang is a great place to visit all year round. Basically, during the dry season between November to February is considered the best time to visit Penang as the weather is suitable for sightseeing all day long. During the wet season of May to October, Penang experience lesser crowds due to the frequent shower rain especially in the afternoon. This period could be another best time to visit Penang for some tourists as you could enjoy great discounts on hotels & tour packages. 


How To Go

There is an airport on the island, Penang International Airport (PEN)This probably  is Malaysia’s second busiest airport as it serves most of the Asia airlines from Hong Kong, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Guangzhou, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Doha, Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Banda Aceh. Direct domestic flights are also available from almost every states of Malaysia. 
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By Air

  • (KLIA) Kuala Lumpur International Airport ➔ (PEN) Penang International Airport (About 55 min flight time) 

  • (SZB) Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport ➔ (PEN) Penang International Airport (About 1 hr flight time) 

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