Ornate Khoo Kongsi temple in Penang Malaysia



Pulau Penang, the “Island of the Betelnut Tree”, has long been an inviting destination for traders and travellers.

Throughout the year, the entire island is filled with numerous events, activities and celebrations to showcase its multi-cultural heritage.  Penang Island is in north-west Malaysia, towards Thailand’s southwestern border.

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 15 hours



time difference

GMT +8 hours

visa requirements

Not required for Europeans staying less than 3 months


Penang has a typically tropical climate of warm, sunny weather throughout the year. Rain is most frequent from November to January, but can be expected in any month.

When to travel

Where to stay

Idyllic beach at Shangri la Rasa Ria Borneo Malaysia

Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa offers an expansive luxury retreat in contemporary Malaysian style, nestled along Penang's popular Batu Ferringi Beach. The resort...


Experiences in penang

exterior at shangri la rasa sayang resort and spa malaysia

Guests staying at the Shangri La Rasa Sayang, both adults and children, have an excellent selection of watersports available. Some are complimentary and scheduled to be...

aerial view of shangri la barr al jissah resort oman

CHI, the Spa at Shangri La Rasa Sayang, our only featured resort in Penang, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place...

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