Beautiful Sunset at Penang Bridge
Photo Credit: 123RF | @Lee Chee Keong

What to Expect and Prepare when
You Travel to Penang

Penang Bridge is a 13.5km dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in Penang
With its beautiful beaches, nature parks and heritage sites, the Pearl of the Orient is a popular destination for travellers.


All wanderlusters would agree that a successful and fulfilling trip takes great planning, beginning maybe even weeks before the actual day of departure. Nailing down the details of the various aspects of your coming trip allows you to have a smooth-sailing, headache-free trip where you can focus on enjoying the experience instead of having to figure out your next move every step of the way. 

 

Siblings on a swing mural art in Penang by local artist Louis Gan.
Brother and Sister on a Swing mural by local artist Louis Gan is just one of many Penang street art that continues to attract tourists from the world over. 


Even when you travel domestically, you will need to do enough research on your destination of choice in advance, to ensure that you have all the places of interest worth visiting listed down and planned into your itinerary. 

This is especially pivotal if you’re planning a visit to a vibrant and electrifying city like Penang, where tens of thousand of tourists flock to every year to experience the food, culture and diversity that this Pearl of the Orient has to offer. As the unofficial street-food capital of Malaysia, it’s basically tourist season all year round in Penang, but Penang tourists may want to avoid the months of September to November as the Penang weather may not be as welcoming then. 

 

Penang has many delicious local street food and treats.
Sampling roadside treats is a travel experience you can’t miss
and the best way to get acquainted with Penang is through its street food.


If Penang is next on your list of places to be and explore, here’s some useful Penang travel tips that will help you better prepare for one of the most memorable trips of your life: 

 

1. Best months to visit Penang
 

Spectacular sunset view of Teluk Kumbar
Capture a spectacular picturesque sunset view at one of Penang’s hidden gems - Teluk Kumbar


Penang weather can be rather rainy with high chances of hurricanes in the months of September to November. The peak of tourist season in Penang would be a period from the mid of December until the mid of February when the Penang weather is probably at its coolest and driest, ideal for plenty of sightseeing. However, climate wise Penang weather can actually be quite stable with very minimal changes in temperature throughout the year. Regardless of what time of the year you choose to play tourist in Penang, you can never go wrong to have an umbrella handy to keep you shielded come rain or shine.

 

2. How to get around in Penang
 

A shot of trishaw ride in Penang
Take in the sights and colonial heritage of Penang via a trishaw ride.


Getting around Penang island is fairly convenient as Penang isn’t that big as it is the second smallest state in Malaysia, not to mention most of Penang’s tourist attractions are located fairly near to each other. You can take advantage of the very convenient, reliable and affordable Penang public transportation, including buses, taxis, ferries, funicular and more. 

There’s even a Penang Hop-on Hop-off bus, an open-top double-decker bus that takes you on a fun exploration around Penang island. Depending on the Penang weather, rental bicycles and trishaws are also popular forms of transportation on the island. Bicycles can be rented for as low as RM10 per day while trishaw rides around town is available for around RM50 per hour. 

 

3. Where to stay in Penang
 

Baby swimming in a private room pool of Lexis Suites Penang
Lexis Suites Penang will delight all water babies, allowing them to
have a splashing time in their very own in-room private pool.


There are plenty of hotels to choose from when you visit Penang. One of the most popular 5-star hotel would be Lexis Suites Penang that is a mere 10-minute drive away from Penang International airport and about 15 minutes away from the Second Penang Bridge, making it easily accessible by Penang public transport. 

Located at the idyllic Teluk Kumbar, Lexis Suites Penang is a favourite among Penang tourists as each of its room comes with a private pool, so they can enjoy a splashing fun time regardless of how the Penang weather is. It is also fairly convenient for Penang tourists to commute to and fro the numerous attractions on the island. The resort might be packed during tourist season, so make sure you book your stay in one of their spacious suites in advance! 

 

4. Plan your itinerary
 

A sunset view shot over the Penang bridge
Planning the perfect travel itinerary can make or break your adventure. 


The best Penang travel tip anyone could possibly give you would be to plan a proper itinerary as there is an impressively long list of things to see, experience and taste in Penang awaiting its tourists. Do a quick research online on specific Penang tourist attractions that you would like to cover during your visit, and make sure to check Penang’s weather forecast to ensure permissible weather condition in Penang throughout your time there. 

You can also click HERE for more information on popular Penang tourist spots as well as other Penang travel tips. On a side note, you may also want to ascertain the availability of Penang public transportations to get to those places, in addition to the best time to visit those specific Penang attractions. Most Penang travel tips websites would recommend that you plan at least a 3-day trip to ensure a decent grasp of Penang’s main tourist areas. 

 

A man is swimming in Lexis Suites Penang’s private pool.
Kick off to your trip to Penang with an amazing staycation at Lexis Suites Penang - the only resort on the island
that allows you to indulge in the luxury and privacy of your very own private pool and steam room


Whether it will be your very first time visiting Penang, or you’re planning to return for another overdue visit, as a world-renowned tourist destination, Penang will always have more adventure in store for its visitors. Take note of the above Penang travel tips and start planning your next Penang tour with your friends and family, don’t forget to book a comfortable stay at Lexis Suites Penang to enjoy a spacious suite that comes with two luxurious king size beds.