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Country rank: 3 out of 7 Places To Visit In Malaysia

Sub-Region: Western Coast of Peninsular Malaysia


Ideal duration: 1 day

Best time: November-January ; February-April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Georgetown (Check Flights)


"Penang's Gorgeous Capital City"

Georgetown Tourism

The popular capital of Penang, George Town is a colourful Malaysian city that has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

George Town is the second largest city in Malaysia. You will find a very relaxed and calm atmosphere in this city, with shops opening post noon. The city is rich in architecture, in that there are several beautifully built colonial buildings here. George Town is also very famous for its food _ at the stalls of street hawkers, in particular.

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The currency of Georgetown is the Malaysian Ringgitt (RM). Visa & Master Cards are accepted by most places.

You can exchange currency at most of the Georgetown banks. Stores called Foreign Exchange Bureaus can also help. Watch out for signs like Bureau De Change, Geld Wechseln or Cambio, to exchange currency. You can also exchange currency at Penang International airport. Desc: Visa & Master Cards are accepted by most pla

A budgeted trip would cost you about RM 27, excluding accommodation. A mid-range trip will cost you RM 56. A luxurious stay in this city would come up to RM 100.

Georgetown comprises of Malay and Chinese, followed by Indians and Eurasians.

Tipping is not compulsory, but you could always tip if you liked the service, especially when it comes to porters.

The languages spoken in George Town are English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. But the most commonly spoken, distinct language here is Penang Hokkien.

Penang was given up to the British East India Company in 1786 for military protection from some armies who were threatening Kedah. Georgetown was then founded by Sir Francis Light. This became Britainês first settlement in Southeast Asia.

Georgetown does have bars and clubs that tourists can choose from. The Hong Kong Bar on Chulia Street is a popular spot. Slippery Senoritas is a salsa club and restaurant that promises a lot of fun. Other places to visit to get a taste of Georgetownês nightlife are GLO Dance Club, The Garage, Shamrock Irish Pub and Soho Freehouse.

delightful finds. They are also, not to mention, very affordable. The Little Penang Street Market takes place on the last Sunday of the month. You can find jewellery, textiles, local arts and crafts and more here. Lorong Kulit Flea Market is also a wonderful place to visit and shop for vintage clothes, curios, fruits, etc. You can also shop from a selection of malls like Bukit Jambul Complex, Island Plaza, Prangin Mall, etc.

Georgetown is practically famous for its street food. Western, Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine are all available here. Lots of tourists visit Gurney Drive for food, but this is also considered to be an expensive area. That is why it is wise to ask some locals for suggestions on where to eat.

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