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  • Flight Time: 12 Hours
  • Time Zone: UTC +8:00
  • Best Time to Travel: December - March

Penang is one of South-east Asia's most popular island resorts and with good reason. This island paradise has been a trading hotspot for centuries, but these days it is tourists who come to soak up the sun and the history. The capital of Georgetown is the hub of island life, but the resort of Batu Ferringhi is where most holidaymakers head.

Widely known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is one of Asia's most famous islands. Its natural beauty and exotic heritage have been attracting curious visitors for centuries. Penang today is very much an amalgam of the old and the new – a bustling port, a heritage city and an industrial base.

For sheer variety of locals, cultures and foods, Penang is hard to beat. In it's capital Georgetown, modern skyscrapers rise from one of South-east Asia's largest collections of intact prewar buildings. Manufactures of sophisticated electronic goods compete for space with wet markets and old temples.

Where else can you find a century-old church, a Chinese temple, an Indian temple, and a Muslim mosque all within a five-minute walk from one another? Likewise, tall urban structures stand beside the red-tiled roofs of Chinatown and "Little India" is just across the road, while the Malay kampungs lie on the outskirts.

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  • Penang

    Holiday Inn Resort Penang

    Unwind beneath coconut trees on the white, sandy beaches at Holiday Inn Resort Penang, in the heart of Batu Ferringhi, with the vibrant night market right at your door step.

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  • Seven Terraces

    Seven Terraces

    Located in the capital city of Penang, Seven Terraces is only within a 5-minute walk to the significant Goddess of Mercy Temple and the popular Penang Peranakan Mansion. It features an outdoor swimming pool and provides free Wi-Fi access in the entire property. The property is just a 10-minute walk from Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang Museum and the large Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi. Penang International Airport is a convenient 20-minute drive away.

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  • Park Royal Resort

    Park Royal Resort

    Surrounded by lush greenery and leading directly onto the beach sits the Parkroyal Penang. The resort is located on Batu Ferringhi bay, close to local restaurants and just a 20 minute drive to the famous heritage sites of Georgetown.

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About Malaysia

Our dedicated Malaysian holiday team are passionate about travel and will help you choose sights, activities and cultural experiences that will enrich your holiday.

One of Malaysia's key attractions is its 'diversity'. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

  • Travel Guide

    • To experience Malaysia in celebration, annual festivals are Chinese New Year in January or February.
    • Buddhist Vesak festival in May-June and the Hindu Diwali festival of lights in October or November.
    • Malaysia also get many visitors during the school holidays between June and early September.
  • Getting There

    • Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is one of the busiest flight hubs in Asia.
    • Malaysia Airlines is the country's national carrier.
    • Direct flights from London to Kuala Lumpur take approximately 12 hours and 25 minutes.
  • We Recommend

    • Visit Langkawi, a glorious region made up of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea.
    • Visit Taman Negara national park, an emerging eco-tourism hotspot in the centre of the peninsula.
    • Explore Kuala Lumpur's many museums for an introduction to Malaysia's multi-faceted culture.
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Multi Centre Holidays VIEW ALL

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  • Traditional Malaysia Tour in Kuala Lumpur & Penang
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    Traditional Malaysia Tour in Kuala Lumpur & Penang

    Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur and gaze at a skyline with the most incredible buildings you will never forget. Then journey on to Penang widely known as the Pearl of the Orient and explore Its natural beauty and exotic heritage

    2 holiday destinations

    12 nights

  • Experience Malaysia with a City and Island Stay
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    Experience Malaysia with a City and Island Stay

    Take a visit to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia capital and one of Asia's most modern cities. Travel to the island of Penang, Widely known as the Pearl of the Orient. Travel to the paradise island of Pangkor Laut and explore the two million year-old rainforest

    3 holiday destinations

    12 nights

  • Malaysian Delight in Hong Kong & Penang
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    Malaysian Delight in Hong Kong & Penang

    Explore Hong Kong one of china's mega cities where there are dramatic towering skyscrapers jutting into the sky. Then spend a week on the island of Penang, Widely known as the Pearl of the Orient and explore Its natural beauty and exotic heritage

    2 holiday destinations

    10 nights