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Penang at a Glance

Penang is a multi-cultural island home to the bustling, sometimes gritty city of Georgetown and a large number of resorts. While the water isn't as clear here as elsewhere in Malaysia, this is a fun, budget-friendly place to enjoy the sun and the sea. 

When you aren't lounging on a new beach, or sampling the hodge-podge of delicious Asian cuisine available on the island, there is plenty to see and do. Visit some of Malaysia's most famous temples. Hike to the top of Penang Hill, or ride the popular cable car. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the jungle in Penang National Park or discover the seclusion of Penang Botanical Garden.  

You'll find that outside the city of Georgetown, the pace slows. Unwind on the sand, or head out shopping. Boutiques and art galleries are interspersed with plenty of more tourist-y shopping options. 

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December - February
Low Season
March - January
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists do not need a visa to enter Malaysia if they stay for less than three months. Tourists need a valid passport from their country of origin with at least one page available for stamping and no less than six months' validity remaining. Travelers will be fingerprinted upon entering the country. For more information, contact a Malaysian Embassy. American travelers can use the U.S State Department's website as a reference as well. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather It rains year round in Malaysia so come prepared. 

      Safety Concerns Lock up your belongings when staying in a communal dorm and keep valuables out of sight. Credit card fraud can be a problem, so use your card only at reputable businesses. 

      Health Concerns Rabies is a problem in Malaysia so stay away from animals. Some visitors may want to consider a rabies shot depending on their health and their travel plans. Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to learn more about suggested vaccinations.