Set on the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang Island is a cultural gem with homage to enchanting forests with spectacular hiking trails, charming fishing villages and an abundant of culture.

George Town is the multicultural capital of Penang, known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. Beyond the captivating culture of old town in George Town, a modern city with skyscraping buildings, shopping malls and restaurants await. George Town is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Nature lovers can rejoice at any one of Penang’s natural preserves. A popular choice is Penang National Park, which spans an incredible 1,213 hectares, and is used by scientists and researchers; however, you can discover the hidden gems for yourself through the dense jungle until you reach an idyllic beach, of course! If you’re lucky you’ll get to spot some interesting wildlife, from monkeys, birds and insects.

If you prefer to gaze out to nature’s finest vistas in the comfort of an enticing train ride, the Penang Hill Railway is the perfect excursion. Enjoy marvelous Island views from beginning to end, as the train makes its way up to Penang hill through the curves and steeps of the hill walls. One atop the majestic hill, there are plenty of things to do to make use of your journey. The nature tour is a splendid option, where you’ll trail through a 10 million year old tropical forest. There are also Flora gardens, a viewing deck offering absolutely wonderful views of Penang’s cosmopolitan Isle, temples and historical gems to discover.

If you’re simply looking to relax on a palm-fringed beach, you can head to the many beaches that lie on the coastline of Penang; most are reachable from a hike through Penang National Park.

What is the currency in Penang?

Penang’s currency is the Malaysian ringgit, abbreviated as RM.

How long does it take to fly to Penang?

A flight from Birmingham Airport to George Town in Penang takes around 16 hours and 50 minutes.

What is the time difference in Penang?

Penang is 7 hours ahead of Birmingham

When is the best time to visit Penang?

During the months of January and February, Penang sees less rainfall, with 8 hours of sunshine each day and highs of 31-degrees and averages of 28-degrees.

What language is spoken in Penang?

The main language spoken in Penang is Malay, also commonly spoken are the English and Hokkien language.

Do I need a visa to visit Penang?

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Penang/Malaysia. For up to date travel advice please visit this FCO website link.


Planning a trip to the Penang is a thrilling chance to dive into the wonders and unique qualities that make that place so special to you. Whether it's a peaceful beach, a vibrant city, a tranquil countryside, or a stunning mountain range, Penang has its own charm and invites you to uncover its hidden gems.

Perhaps it's the vibrant energy of the Penang that draws you in, offering endless possibilities for exploration. Or maybe you're drawn to the tranquility of nature, seeking solace in the peaceful embrace of mountains, forests, or beaches. So pack your bags, set out on your journey, and let the magic of Penang unfold before you.

Ultimately, exploring holidays at Penang is about more than just sightseeing—it's about connecting with a place on a deeper level, creating lasting memories, and nourishing your soul with experiences that will stay with you long after you've returned home.

Immerse yourself in the cultural wonders that Penang has to offer. There's no shortage of experiences to deepen your connection to the rich tapestry of traditions and heritage that make Penang special. Engaging with local communities will further enrich your appreciation for the unique history and charm of the area.

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Nestled between the famous Batu Ferringgi beach and emerald green hills, the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa provides 30 acres of pure five-star luxury. The resort is located in Penang, a popular island off the west coast of Malaysia, famous for its excellent cuisine, night markets and its historic UNESCO-listed capital Georgetown.


Expect warm weather all year round, as Penang is blessed with temperatures that soar into the 30s and are usually around the mid 20s mark. Between February and April are the warmest months and July is considered the coldest. The wettest month is usually around October, but rain should be expected in the hotter months as well, and the driest months are between January and March.



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