Penang boasts a warm tropical climate with temperatures ranging from a low of 21°C (70°F) to a high of 32°C (90°F) all year round. During the southwest monsoon from April to September, Penang experiences plentiful rainfall, adding a refreshing antidote to its tropical warmth.
The Malaysian state of Penang sits strategically at the Northern tip of the Straits of Malacca, a busy shipping route. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Penang is a favourite international travel destination and is easily accessible via air from anywhere in the world.
The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), with ringgit (RM) being the dollar equivalent. Foreign exchange booths are available all over Penang, with the ones situated in shopping malls operating seven days a week. The exchange rate for major currencies traded are displayed clearly at the booths. Major credit cards, including American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most places.
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language in Penang with English being widely spoken and used as the language of business and commerce. Mandarin is also widely spoken in Penang, followed by Tamil and other Chinese dialects such as Penang Hokkien.
Visitors to Penang must hold a valid passport or travel document valid for six months beyond their period of visit. Visa is not required for most nationalities for social or business visits, but for those that do, applications can be made at the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission.
Staying connected is not a problem in Penang as we are the only Malaysian state offering FREE state-wide WIFI with 1,550 hotspots to date. High speed wireless connection is also available at most conventions and exhibition centres, hotels, cafés, and shopping malls, many with complimentary usage.