Penang Travel Information

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Penang Scene Famed throughout Asia for its heady mix of eastern cultures, Penang Island is Malaysia’s prime melting pot. Roadside vendors serve some of the world’s best street food; its national parks offer white-sand beaches and wildlife; and UNESCO-listed George Town is full of colorful heritage houses.

Things to do in Penang: Entopia • Colonial Penang Museum • Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple • Street Art in George Town • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple • Kek Lok Si Temple • Botanical Gardens • Red Garden Night & Food Market

Highly rated hotels in Penang: The Eastern & Oriental Hotel • G Hotel Kelawai • Seven Terraces • Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion • Yeng Keng Hotel Penang • Muntri Mews • Iconic Hotel • 23 Love Lane • Macalister Mansion • Hotel Penaga

Malaysia's electricity is 240V 50Hz and uses plug types A, C, G & M
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Great Circle Distance between Heathrow and Penang International Airport is 6,390 miles. Penang's IATA airport code is PEN.

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Climate: In Malaysia the climate is equatorial, ie hot, humid and rainy throughout the year. Temperatures are high and stable, ranging between 25°C and 33°C. Rainfall is abundant and frequent throughout the year, in fact, it is difficult to find a month when it is lower than 100mm; however, it is possible to find periods when it is not too high, although they are not the same everywhere. The rains are caused by the monsoon regime. As Malaysia is near the Equator and surrounded by the sea, there is no real dry season. In addition, the rains, as is generally the case in tropical countries, are quite erratic from year to year. However, the monsoons make precipitation more abundant and frequent in the areas directly exposed to these winds: between mid-October and January, the northeast monsoon prevails, affecting especially the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and the north-east coast of Borneo, while between June and September, it's the period of the southwest monsoon, which, in Malaysia, usually produces weaker effects. It should be noted, however, that the tropical rains occur mainly in the form of intense downpours or thunderstorms, usually in the afternoon, so there's no shortage of sunshine, at least in the morning, when the weather conditions are generally good. In Penang, January and February are the best months. In December and March, rainfall is around 150mm per month, and it's even higher from June to August, when it's around 200mm per month.

Covid-19 Data for Malaysia

Data (updated weekly) from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases & deaths.

BA Tier Points

Class Tier Points
(One way)
Tier Points
Economy 45 90
World Traveller Plus 115 230
Business 180 360
First 270 540

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