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Travel Tips
Best time to visit
It is very easy to say when the best time to visit Penang is because it is throughout the year! This is because temperatures are at a comfortable level (between 26°C (68.0°F) and 30°C (86.0°F) roughly. The great news is that this means you can plan many activities and extreme weather won't slow you down! That doesn't mean to say that there won't be some rain here or there, but you can book a trip with quite flexible dates.

Penang Climate Graph

Below is the climate graph for Ipoh in Malaysia. It shows both the average temperatures throughout the year in degrees Celsius and also the average total rainfall in millimetres.
Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall)
Check the Penang weather online by:
i)Malaysian Meteorological Department
ii)Weather Forecast


What To Wear In Penang
Ipoh Perak is a cosmopolitan city where there is no particular dress code and where you will find all fashions. In keeping with many Muslim countries you will find that people in the Capital city and other major towns are used to foreigners are therefore likely to be more tolerant and more liberal. However once outside; the population are more traditional and rigid so please be sure to cover you shoulders, stomach, hips and bare legs. It is also hot and humid so we suggest that lightweight clothes in natural fibres; linen, silk and cotton will be more comfortable. Rain is frequent, so lightweight clothes will also dry more quickly.

T-shirts and shorts are perfectly acceptable, but avoid skimpy or revealing clothes or you will get unwanted attention. Hotels, restaurants and shopping malls are usually air conditioned and at times this can be pretty fierce so be sure to tuck a shawl or pashmina into your day bag.

The rain fall is greater from March to April and October - December so be sure to pack a light weight raincoat.
If you plan on visiting religious sites please be sure to cover up - absolutely no skimpy or revealing clothes, and cover your legs and shoulders.


The Township

George Town is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain's King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 720,202 and the metropolitan area known as George Town Conurbation which consists of Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Sungai Petani and Kulim has a combined population of 2,251,042, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia.


Credit Card
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restuarant and shopping centre. You may not be able use credit cards at almost all of the small restaurants, food stalls and attraction point.


Banks & Money Changers

Banks are only open weekdays and generally only between the hours of 9.00am to 4.30pm. Especially money changer counter unil 5.30pm. All banks above have ATM machines to cater for after-hours transactions. For non-local visitor please use your ATM card on HSBC Bank.


Petrol Filling Stations

Petrol filling stations can found anywhere around in Penang town. Petronas, Shell, BHP, Esso, Caltex and Mobil all available in town.