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Although it is Malaysia’s smallest state, Penang island (Pulau Pinang) is one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations, combining the influences of half a dozen cultures. Within sight of the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula – and linked to it by road bridges – the island is the birthplace of tourism in Malaysia. With great beaches, a mellow climate, and a colourful collection of attractions – several of which claim to be the largest, tallest, longest or oldest of their kind.


Population Penang State 1.6 million
Currency Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 1 ringgit = 100 cents
Opening hours Banks and offices are open Monday-Friday 9.15am–4.30pm, closed Saturday and Sunday. Post offices are open Monday-Saturday 8.30am-5pm (closed first Saturday of each month and Sundays). Large shopping malls and department stores are open from 10am till 9 or 10pm.
Newspapers The Star
Emergency numbers Police and ambulance: 999
Fire: 994
Mobile (all emergencies): 112
Tourist information Georgetown,
10, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh, Barakbah
10200 Georgetown
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
+604 262 0066 / 261 9067

Penang International Airport
Pulau Pinang