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- Bayan Lepas
Cozy Seaview Studio Suite (Available Check In for self-driving only) Our home stay is a studio suite near Penang bridge with strategic location where you can easily access to Penang bridge,queensbay shopping mall and Bayan Lepas industrial zone.Our studio suite offer one car or one motor parking lot and It is an open concept studio with no bedroom and kitchen attached which is suitable for young couple or family with young children and can comfortably accommodate up to 2adults and 2kids
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- George Town
Tropicana 218 Macalister ★ Studio apartment with attach Bathroom ★ 180° PANORAMIC CITY VIEW AND SEA VIEW ★ High floor ★ 1 car park ★ Free 100 Mbps High Speed WiFi ★ Fully Air Cond ~ Condo facilities like swimming pool with seaview, gym, landscaped garden, kids playground and 24 HOUR Security ~ There are retails store such as Instea, Love a loaf, Sushi house, 24 hour convenience store and etc is located at ground floor ~ 5 to 10 minutes drive to Chew Jetty and UNESCO Heritage old town
- Entire condo
- George Town
Amazing mountain and partial sea view with stylish design home located at Tanjung Tokong, flooded with expats! Easy access to most beautiful public beach in Penang. Free access to hi-speed 100mbps fibre optic WiFi internet. - 20 minutes to UNESCO heritage zone - 10 minutes to Gurney Drive - 10 minutes to Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon Mall - 22 minutes to Batu Ferringhi - 30 minutes to Kek Lok Si Temple - 40 minutes to Penang International Airport
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Your guide to Penang Island
All About Penang Island
Sitting off the coast of Malaysia’s mainland facing Malacca Strait, Penang Island is best known for its capital city, George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a cultural hotspot, where a mix of modernist-style mosques and intricately crafted, 19th-century temples represent the region’s unique heritage. George Town’s city center is a work of art in itself, where you will find sprawling murals covering everything from building walls to sidewalks throughout the city center.
A group of historic, Chinese-settled clan jetties from the 1800s sit along George Town’s waterfront, each named after a family clan. The small, grouped neighborhoods are set over the water on stilts, with food stalls and wooden homes where residents still live today. Opposite George Town, the 3,000-acre Penang National Park lies on the northwestern coast of Penang Island, packed with hundreds of plant species like palm and seraya trees. As you enter the park, you will trek through dense jungle to the white-sand Pantai Kerachut Beach, with dusky leaf monkeys poking through the lush terrain along the way.
How do I get around Penang Island?
Penang International Airport (PEN) is Penang Island’s major airport, and getting to the capital, George Town, takes less than 20 minutes. Rental cars, ride-hailing services, and taxis are all available at the airport. You can also take the public bus system from the airport to George Town and arrive in less than an hour. If you plan to visit several places on Penang Island outside of George Town, a rental car or ride-booking service will be the easiest way to get around. There are well-connected public buses across the island, but a short journey can take two hours with frequent connections. Once you’re in a local neighborhood of Penang Island, you can get around on foot or take a ride-hailing service to get from place to place.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Penang Island?
Penang has tropical weather year-round, staying hot and humid throughout each season. Penang Island remains slightly warmer than mainland Malaysia, and the rainiest time of year usually lasts from April to November. In December, the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival takes place, where dozens of decorated dragon boats race against others across the open waters to the beat of a drum, a Chinese tradition dating back more than 2,000 years. One of Penang Island’s most notable summer events is the George Town Festival, celebrating the arts and hosting programs from local musicians and theater to photography and film.
Penang celebrates Wesak Day in May with a vibrant festival where extravagant floats come alive with lights, flowers, and Buddhist symbols to celebrate Buddha's birthday. During the rainy fall season, the George Town Literary Festival takes place in November with literary forums with writers from the region.
What are the top things to do in Penang Island?
Penang Night Markets
Night markets are open every day of the week on Penang Island, where you can try local cuisine from pop-up vendors cooking street food on the spot as you order. At the Chulia Street Night Hawkers Stalls, you will find some of the most-loved local items like char kway teow, a rice noodle dish stir-fried with shrimp and bean sprouts.
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
This temple is one of the most famous clan temples in the state, built by the Leong San Tong Chinese clan nearly 700 years ago in historic George Town. The gold-embellished temple houses a museum detailing the clan’s history amid stunning craftsmanship, complete with stone pillars, hanging lanterns, and intricate altars used for worship.
Penang Island’s Little India neighborhood is teeming with local shops selling goods from handmade sari dresses and jewelry to specialty spices and Indian cuisines like tandoori chicken and samosas. Although George Town is usually known as the main hub for street art, Little India boasts its own impressive murals throughout the neighborhood, with several on Clive Street and Kerbau Road.