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Penang

Distinctly Asian with a dash of British flavour, East meets West in Penang, with its traditional temples, colonial architecture, and world-renowned street food.

The potpourri of Penang's diverse cultures is best sampled through a steaming hot serving of the many cuisines on the island. Constantly voted as one of Asia's best locations for sumptuous street food, the melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European culinary traditions is a stimulating adventure for the tastebuds. Make your way to a street stall in Malaysia's food capital and dig into famed favourites like nasi kandar, char kway teow or laksa.

A large island off the northwestern coast of West Malaysia, Penang is a charming Asian city fused with a dazzling array of well-preserved classical Victorian architecture, mostly found within the capital of the city, Georgetown. Colonial-era buildings like Penang City Hall, Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum make an interesting sight for history buffs and architecture fans alike.

You will be photographing colonial architecture, dunking your coins into the wishing well at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple, and listening to the calls of prayer at the Kapitan Keling Mosque, all in one afternoon on this culturally diverse and harmoniously multiracial island. A must-see is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a restored mansion filled with enthralling antiques from around the world which recreates the lavish lifestyle afforded by wealthy Chinese Straits families in the past.

Take a break from the city for a hike or camp in the Penang National Park, where animal lovers can spot a wide range of wildlife from nesting green turtles to the majestic Brahminy Kite eagles. Explore the nearby Penang Butterfly Farm, a tropical fairyland of winged beauties well-loved by both adults and children. And be sure to check out the Tropical Spice Garden, one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destinations featuring more than 100 herbs and spices growing wild.

For some great views over Penang, head to the top of Penang’s tallest building, Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, shortened to KOMTAR, which has a viewing platform. Most visitors stay in central Georgetown and the city can mostly be covered by foot. The Rapid Penang bus routes provide a convenient way to get to places further away from the city centre. When in Georgetown, look out for the free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle bus, which services major attractions in the area.

The island's tropical climate makes it an attractive year-round destination. With its blend of cultures, it is very easy for your visit to coincide with one of the numerous cultural celebrations. Some of the more dazzling ones include the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Kek Lok Si Temple, and Deepavali, the five-day Hindu “Festival of Lights”, held between October and November.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Penang?

A: Take your holiday to the next level with your very own rental car. Whether you're exploring the sights and sounds of Bukit Mertajam or going out into the wider Penang area, having your own vehicle allows you to do your holiday your way. Butterworth and and its surrounding region are also best seen from behind the wheel. So what are you waiting for? Browse our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Penang today.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Penang?

A: Your holiday to Penang will probably begin by arriving into Penang Airport (PEN-Penang Intl.). This major airport has around 1,256 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Penang?

A: There's plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation in Penang. The most popular style are hotels. But if you're after something else, you can also pick from apartments, guest houses, hostels and much more.

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A: It's entirely your choice. Bundle cars, flights and hotels, or simply pick one option. You can also add some top activities and attractions to your itinerary. Whatever it is you're looking for, we can help you organise a holiday that's perfect for you.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Penang?

A: Locking in a package makes travelling easier, and it can save you some big bucks to boot. Flights, Hotels, Activities, Rental Cars — Expedia has it all. Bundle them up and start thinking about what you'll do with all that extra spending money.

Q: What are the best things to do in Penang?

A: A few hours at State Mosque is an essential part of any Bukit Mertajam holiday. Mengkuang Dam and AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam cap off the ideal day out in this interesting city.




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Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La RM250
Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020
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Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La

Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La

Magazine Road, George Town, Penang
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent and very professional service. Clean room. Originally was given a room with a very poor view facing the roof of the shopping centre at low floors. The staff was kind to change our rooms to higher floors at level 14 which we could have a glimpse of the Georgetown coastal sea. Really grateful ...

    Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang RM295
    Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020
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    Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

    Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

    Batu Feringgi Beach, Batu Feringgi, George Town, Penang
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      A perfect place for a relaxing holidays. Only beef: it gets a little boring to see the same menu at the restaurant after a week.

      Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang RM560
      Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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      Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

      Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

      Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Penang
         
        4.5 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Everything was excellent. Staff were friendly and provided tip top service.

        Evergreen Laurel Penang RM242
        Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020
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        Evergreen Laurel Penang

        Evergreen Laurel Penang

        53 Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This hotel has a great location. Easy walking distance to Gurney Drive food stalls and Pulau Tikus shops. Also possible to reach the Midlands and Gurney Plaza shopping centre on foot.

          Eastern And Oriental Hotel RM590
          Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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          Eastern And Oriental Hotel

          Eastern And Oriental Hotel

          10 Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Penang
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            I love the colonial architecture and the room is fairly big for 2. Best of all it overlooks the sea of the Malacca Straits. The layout of the bathroom is beautiful with the big bathtub as the focal point. The provision of the his & hers vanity top and wardrobe in the toilet means that i have my own ...

            DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang RM240
            Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020
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            DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang

            DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang

            56 Jalan Low Yat, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Penang
               
              4.1 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The staff were all friendly and helpful. The room was spacious and clean. The swimming pool was very nice. The hotel is situated quite a way out of the centre of George Town - 20-30 minutes in a Grab taxi depending on time of day - but it is nearer to the nice beaches.

              Vouk Hotel Suites RM203
              Reviewed on 15 Jan 2020
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              Vouk Hotel Suites

              Vouk Hotel Suites

              57-G-3 Mansion One, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Georgetown, George Town
                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nice environment

                Jazz Hotel Penang RM231
                Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020
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                Jazz Hotel Penang

                Jazz Hotel Penang

                No 1, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang 1, Tanjong Tokong, George Town, Penang
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Jazz hotel is spacious and it's fairly new! It comes w bathtub! However, tbe location wasn't fantastic as it require 15mim drive to Georgetown and there's nothing nearby except for a super old mall just opposite. Jazz hotel itself has pharmacy and happy mart which makes things convenient for us to ...

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