Penang, an island just off the northwest coast
of Malaysia, forms a part of the Malaysian state of the same name. The capital,
George Town, is a showcase of Southeast Asia’s largest collection of pre-World
War II buildings. The island offers a wealth of tropical beaches, historic
sites, and one of the best opportunities to experience the diversity of
Depending on nationality, visitors may be
required to apply for a visa in advance to enter Malaysia at the Malaysian
Embassy or representative at their country of origin.
Visa On Arrival can also be given to visitors
who qualify, and is issued at certain international airports in Malaysia. To
view entry requirements by country of origin, click on the link below.
Visa information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
The Malaysian currency is known as Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) or (RM). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as
well as shopping malls.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
A 10% surcharge including government tax is
applicable in most hotels and restaurants.
Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.
10am - 4pm, Monday through Sunday
Though Malaysia is an Islamic country, offices observe a Monday to Friday schedule.
9am - 5pm (Business)
8am - 5pm (Government)
10am - 10pm, Monday through Sunday
Visitors arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic
Zones and other affected areas are required to present International Health
Certificates showing Yellow Fever vaccinations. This regulation, however, does
not apply to children below the age of one.
Cholera vaccination is not required for
travellers entering Malaysia.
Lightweight clothing is ideal. A suit and tie
are normal business attires. Revealing garments for women are not advisable,
especially in rural areas.
Penang’s climate can be described as
equatorial, a pleasant mix of warm, sunny days and occasional cooling rain
storms, with August through November being the wettest months generally.
Humidity is usually high, and the temperature
varies between 21°C and 32°C (70° to 95° Fahrenheit).
Mostly cloudy, a t-storm in the p.m.
A shower or t-storm in the afternoon
LanguageEnglish, Malay, Chinese
Time ZoneGMT +8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800
Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, 11100, Malaysia
T: (60 4) 886 1911
F: (60 4) 881 1880
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