• Georgetown Street Art

Penang Holidays

Penang holidays take you to the exotic Pearl of the Orient. Famed for its silky smooth sand beaches and for being the delicious food capital of Malaysia, it’s quickly becoming a number one ch0ice for travellers searching for rich history among heavenly landscapes. Stretching along the country’s northwest coast, Penang is a true heritage maze. Discover eclectic art scenes, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and tropical gardens all in one place.

Holidays in Penang usually conjure ideas of bustling vendors selling street food favourites to hungry locals. Foodies will be tantalised by every corner of colonial George Town. Traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes come together to create a delicious fusion of what’s now fondly described as the best street food in all of Asia. From five in the morning until two at night, get lost in the hustle and bustle of vendors dishing up sizzling local favourites at the famous Hawker Fares. Taste age-old family recipes and old-fashioned cooking styles in open-air centres - but be sure to grab a seat first as the street food here attracts crowds of people at all times of the day.

Holidays in Penang: a world of heritage 

Visiting Penang offers much more than delicious food and beautiful beaches. A captivating fusion of eastern and western influences have created the well-preserved George Town, where colonial traditions have made their way through time. There are bounds of culture to explore in this UNESCO World Heritage site - around 1,700 buildings with a long and illustrious history behind them. To pack in as much as you can, go on one of the many Heritage Trails through George Town and discover the remnants left behind by the British and other past dwellers.

Southeast Asia is famed for its exotic jungles and old rainforests – and Penang is no exception. Visit The Habitat, a 130 million year old rainforest that has been meticulously preserved and is an entire world in itself. Start on a guided journey along the Nature Trail and discover hundreds of intriguing creatures, including collared owls and the blue Malayan coral snake. At the top of Penang Hill, take in an astonishing 360 degree view from the highest viewing point in Penang. 

For a quieter pace of life and a closer look at untouched nature, head to Balik Pulau. Over 17,000 hectares of land and blankets of lusciously green hills lead to charming towns and heritage buildings. Spend your days picking up local goods at the antique shophouses. Pick orchards during high season or ride a pony among pretty white picket fences and colourful trees. 

Holidays in Penang are perfect for explorers, families and sol0 travellers alike. Discover this culinary haven set within ancient rainforests for an unforgettable holiday.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Explore hundreds of historical buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town
  • Discover fascinating wildlife and the 130 million year old rainforest at The Habitat
  • Get lost in the gourmet’s paradise with sizzling local favourites at Hawker Fare
  • Visit charming rural streets or go on a pony ride in Balik Pulau

Our favourite hotels

Our experts have carefully curated a list of our top hotels in Penang, from rustic boutiques set in beautiful surroundings to five star resorts. Browse our favourite places to stay.

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Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Penang

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Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Penang

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang
Shangri-La`s Golden Sands Resort

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

Penang

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Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Penang

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang

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Average weather in January

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
165mm
Langkawi
32ºC
40mm

Average weather in February

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
157mm
Langkawi
33ºC
38mm

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Kuala Lumpur
33ºC
236mm
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34ºC
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33ºC
276mm
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33ºC
187mm

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
222mm
Langkawi
32ºC
291mm

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
136mm
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31ºC
279mm

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
129mm
Langkawi
31ºC
280mm

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
162mm
Langkawi
31ºC
305mm

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
202mm
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31ºC
380mm

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Kuala Lumpur
32ºC
280mm
Langkawi
31ºC
370mm

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Kuala Lumpur
31ºC
290mm
Langkawi
31ºC
222mm

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Kuala Lumpur
31ºC
243mm
Langkawi
31ºC
70mm

Types of Penang holidays

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Penang Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The average length of stay in Penang is seven nights. If you want to combine island life with the capital Kuala Lumpur this will give you enough time to fit both in to a two week holiday. If you are choosing to stay in the capital George Town rather than on the beaches of Batu Ferringhi you may like to stay for four or five nights before moving on to your next destination.

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