Penang Basic Information

Coined to be the silicon valley of Malaysia, although, from the outside looking in it is hard to believe.  Penang’s humble mix of religion, language and ethnicity keeps the city well grounded. The golden beaches, busy shopping districts, fine cuisine and idyllic botanic gardens attract more than 6 million tourists to the city per year.  Before you join them though, read on for some must-know information.  


Visa Requirements

As it stands, Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Malaysia for up to 3 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms you must hold a passport that is valid for a further 6 months upon arrival. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up to the minute visa information please contact your local Malaysian embassy.


The currency in Malaysia is the ringgit. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Malaysian Ringgit fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card with you.


The food available in Penang is influenced heavily on local culture which happens to be a concentrated mixture of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian people. Hawker stalls are dotted all around the island and it is just a case of sampling as many as possible. One of our personal recommendations through is the Laska. A Penang delicacy, the dish comprises noodles, mint leaves, lettuce, onion and pineapple.


The nightlife scene in Penang has grown rapidly year on year. Bars and nightclubs have spread to dense proportions in major areas. Most venues can accommodate large crowds which guarantee a buzzing party atmosphere. Upper Penang Road in Georgetown shines brightest at night and even has a Hard Rock Café to tick off the list. Live bands mostly play in bars and late night clubs wait for afters.