Penang is an
island located off the northwest coast of the Malaysian Peninsula.
The capital, George Town, is a
showcase of Southeast Asia’s largest collection of pre-World War II buildings,
for which the entire town obtained its World Heritage Status from the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
of the United States, Canada and most Arab, Commonwealth and European countries
do not need visas for visits of less than three months.
Click here to view visa information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia.
The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, divided into 100 sen (cents). The currency is abbreviated
both as RM and MYR.
While credit cards are
accepted in hotels and department stores, expect to pay in cash in rural areas.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
Hotels and restaurants add a government tax of 6% and a service charge of 10%.
Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.
Bank Hours10am - 4pm, Monday
Office Hours8am - 5pm, Monday
through Friday (Government offices)
9am - 5pm, Monday
through Friday (Business offices)
10am -10pm, Monday through Sunday
that food is well-cooked, and consume only bottled mineral water outside of
Traders Hotel, Penang.
is ideal. A shirt, jacket and tie are normal business attire.
Shorts, miniskirts and
sleeveless garments are not advisable for women, especially in rural areas.
has a typically tropical climate of warm, sunny weather throughout the year.
Rain is most frequent from November to January, but can be expected in any
Rather cloudy, a passing shower
Overcast with a couple of showers
LanguageBahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Voltage220 / 240 volts
Mobile PhonesGSM 1800
Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300, Malaysia
T:(60 4) 262 2622
F:(60 4) 262 6526
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