Quick Facts

Important facts about the city

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).


Citizens 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.

MYR 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.35 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.24 Euro (EUR)
0.19 British Pound (GBP)
2.38 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
18.75 Indian Rupee (INR)
32.83 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.39 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1.88 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.39 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.31 US Dollar (USD)


Hotels and restaurants add a government tax of 6% and a service charge of 10%.


Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
10am - 4pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday (Government offices)
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday (Business offices)

Shopping Hours 
10am -10pm, Monday through Sunday

Public Health

Ensure that food is well-cooked, and consume only bottled mineral water outside of Traders Hotel, Penang.


Lightweight clothing 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.


Penang 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 month.



Rather cloudy, a passing shower

High: 30°C / 86°F
Low: 25°C / 77°F



Overcast with a couple of showers

High: 31°C / 87°F
Low: 25°C / 77°F
Showers High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 25°C / 77°F
Intermittent Clouds High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 25°C / 77°F
Intermittent Clouds High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 25°C / 77°F

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 32ºC 24ºC
Feb 32ºC 24ºC
Mar 32ºC 25ºC
Apr 32ºC 25ºC
May 32ºC 25ºC
Jun 32ºC 25ºC
Jul 31ºC 24ºC
Aug 31ºC 24ºC
Sep 30ºC 24ºC
Oct 30ºC 24ºC
Nov 31ºC 24ºC
Dec 31ºC 24ºC

1.2 million

Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 / 240 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 1800