Penang International Airport, previously known as Bayan Lepas International Airport is the main airport that serves Penang Island, Malaysia. As a medium-sized public airport, Penang International Airport serves the regional north of Malaysia, with its connections to South East Asia’s major cities. Penang, with its capital George Town or Georgetown is home to a diverse myriad of natural and man-made spots. Among the top areas in the island of Penang include historical buildings, shophouses, and religious sites, among others.
To be understood within the area, Malay works as the official and national language, though a localised variant of Hokkien or Penang Hokkien is also used on top of Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hakka. Tourists can rest easy as most of the area can also speak English at varying degrees, usually enough for basic everyday conversation and communication.
The climate within Penang may require some getting used to. With its tropical climate, Penang records temperatures as high as 31.2 degrees Celsius or 88.2 degrees Fahrenheit, with a daily mean of 27.03 degrees Celsius or 80.64 degrees Fahrenheit, or as low as 23.5 degrees Celsius, or 74.4 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.
What to see & do
Penang, Malaysia is known for destinations such as Penang War Museum, Tanjung City Marina, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum, on top of major attractions and spots like Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kek Lok Si Temple, and Penang Hill, among others.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, known for its indigo-blue walls made from a natural dye from the Indigo plant, features 38 rooms, with five courtyards and seven staircases. The mansion also features porcelain work near the roof of the mansion, along with various carvings.
Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in South East Asia. The temple pagoda, an example of supreme design and vision, is divided into tiers of Burmese, Thai, and Chinese architectural
influences. The seven-storey temple features halls for prayer, statues of Buddha, along with Bodhisattvas and Chinese gods.
Penang Hill gives travellers a panoramic view of Penang. Situated at 2,000 feet above sea level, the old colonial hill station covers hills such as Strawberry Hill, Halliburton’s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill, Tiger Hill, and Western Hill, the highest point of the range.
How to get around within Penang
Experience more of what Penang has to offer. Getting around the area through its various thoroughfares can be done by walking, bus, trishaw, car, or taxi. When trying to get to places within the state, the bus is the best bet with RapidPenang, the local bus service. These buses serve all bus stations and bus stops all throughout Penang with the main area served being Batu Ferringhi, along with Pulau Tikus, Gurney Drive, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bungah, ending at the Penang National Park entrance. It is recommended to prepare the exact fare when getting on the bus. Travelling by taxis and trishaws are also options for getting around. Taxis have meters but haggling is recommended before getting on since some, if not most drivers, can be unwilling to use the meter. Trishaws on one hand are more of a tourist ride rather than a way of getting from one point to another. The trishaw works as a human-powered vehicle with the driver doubling as tour guide to numerous places in Penang.
How to get there
Flying into and out of Penang can be done via Penang International Airport. The airport has scheduled flights to and from domestic and international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Bangkok, among others, via AirAsia, China Airlines, Dragonair, Firefly, Indonesia AirAsia, Malindo Air, SilkAir, and Tigerair, among others.