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"The Island of Modernity and Old World Charm"

Penang Tourism

Penang is located in Malaysia, and consists of two main parts. One is Penang Island, which also includes the city's capital George Town. The other is Seberang Perai. Penang has been dubbed The Pearl of The Orient as well as The Silicon Valley of The East. It is commercially progressive and is an industrialised state with a thriving economy.

Penang city contains a lot of old world charm. It might be highly modernized today but the truth is that at its heart, it is still a city that embraces and respects age-old traditions. The population here is heterogeneous and as a result, a great many languages are spoken in Penang. George Town, its capital, is also listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The city also offers you a stunning view of the sparkling coast, as you drive along its roads. From parks to beaches to heritage sites, Penang has all of that and more!

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Nightlife in Penang

Penang nightlife has gradually become vibrant and popular. Weekends will see people milling into clubs and bars by the dozen! George Town is the most perfect place to visit for bars, pubs and night clubs. The most popular clubs and bars here are Monkey Bar and Soho Free House at Upper Penang Road, Sand Bar and QEII which are both beach bars, Loke Thye Kee Bar which is a rooftop bar and dance clubs such as Jammin', Storm and Soju Room.

Shopping in Penang

After-dark shopping is a unique experience that you must try for yourselves when you visist Penang. Visit Jalan Batu Ferringhi, a night market and shop for DVDs, homemade products like headbands, posters and wall art. Gurney Paragon Mall, which faces the sea, is an extensive shopping complex that offers just about everything you need. Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall and Straits Quay are some other malls that cater to your shopping needs.

Currency in Penang

The Malaysian ringgit is the primary currency used in Penang. Generally, foreign currency will not be readily accepted here. However, Singapore dollars are usually accepted. Some hotels, stores and restaurants will also accept credit cards.

Exchanging Money in Penang

Currency can be exchanged from licensed personnel at malls and at the city centre. Other places to go to exchange currency are banks and airports. ATMs are also available.

Daily Budget for Penang

For a budgeted stay, your daily cost woud come up to RM 27, excluding accomodation. A slightly more comfortable stay will cost you RM 56. A luxurious stay will cost you about RM 100.

Religion of Penang

Penang is a heterogenous city, so its population does not follow any one dominant religion. The city comprises of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Chinese or Taoists.

Penang Customs

Penang has no strict dress code. But make sure to dress respectfully. Men tend to wear shirts and women wear long-sleeved tops with knee length skirts or pants. A few locals do wear sleeveless clothes, so you could carry a pair if you wish to. However, if you're visiting temples or other places of worship here, wear trousers or long-sleeved tops. Pointing at places or people with your forefinger is considered rude or impolite here. The locals use their thumbs to point in Penang, so it would be important to remember this. Tipping in Penang is not compulsory. It does not happen all the time. So, whenever you're visiting a restaurant here, keep an eye out for what the locals around you are doing. If everybody is leaving a tip, you should too. If not everyone is, leave a tip (or not) based on the service and the food quality.

Language of Penang

The citizens of Penang speak a couple of different languages. However, Malay is the official language of the city. 'Selamat Pagi' means Good Morning in Malay, 'Berapa Banyak?' translates to 'How much?' and 'Terima Kasih' means Thank You. Other languages they speak here are English, Mandarin, Hokkien and Tamil.

History of Penang

Way back in history, Penang was a part of the Kedah Sultanate. Later on, in 1786, it was acquired by the British. It was in this very year that Captain Francis Light hoisted the flag (Union Jack), declaring Penang as his own and going on to rename it Prince of Wales Island. It was only in 1957 that Penang was made a part of the Federation of Malaya.

Restaurants and Local Food in Penang

The food in Penang city reflects its populace. The cuisine too, is multicultural! Street food in Penang is very popular. It is more commonly known as "hawker food". Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and other types of cuisine are available here. The most popular food and drink items here are Penang White Coffee, Samosas, Beh Teh Saw, Otak-otak, Rojak and more.
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How To Reach Penang

Getting to Penang is extremely easy and convenient for almost all routes will get you here. You can fly in, take a train, bus, car or even rent a cab.

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