Reasons To Visit Penang
The island of Penang is one of the most popular travel destinations in Malaysia and is known for its fascinating heritage and beautiful scenery. In the capital George Town there are many stunning works of architecture that must be seen like Penang City Hall and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, while the city also boasts world-class shops and restaurants for the modern traveler. Around Penang each year there are many lively festivals and events such as the Songkran water festival each April, while adventurous travelers will find many opportunities to get out and explore with various hiking and trekking trails available alongside water sports and beautiful beaches.
If you're thinking of exploring more of the country, read our guide to the top places to visit in Malaysia.
Arriving In Penang
Penang International Airport is located around 15 km away from George Town and ranks as the third busiest airport in Malaysia. If you are looking to book flights from the UAE to Penang, you will not find any direct flights available from anywhere in the UAE. However, the airport has comprehensive connections in the region which makes it easy for UAE-based travelers to get to Penang with only a single transfer.
At the airport you will find a decent range of facilities and amenities to keep you happy during your stay. You can spend your time browsing through duty-free goods or explore the retail shops on site, while there are also plenty of cafés and eateries for hungry travelers. Once you have touched down at the airport there are public buses available to get around, although you may prefer the convenience of a taxi if you are unfamiliar with local bus routes. At Penang International Airport there are a few leading car rental agencies operating on site, so you can easily get a hold of your own vehicle when you have landed.
Penang Travel Information
Where to stay: Ratings and booking information for the best hotels in Penang for every budget
As a UAE national traveling to Malaysia you will be able to enter the country visa free for up to 90 days. In Penang temperatures are relatively consistent over the course of the year with average highs of around 31 degrees. There are a couple of rainy seasons in the region including between April and May as well as from August until November, with the driest time of year falling between December and March.
* This information is correct as of February 2018
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