Penang is one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting cultures. It culminates in George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban centre. The rest of the island has palm-fringed beaches and fishing villages, a mountainous jungle and farms growing exotic produce such as nutmeg and durian. And there is even more of the state to explore across in Penang’s mainland section, Seberang Perai. More than two centuries of unique history and heritage makes George Town a worthy recipient as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site on 7 July 2008. From its humble beginnings as the first British Straits Settlement in the late 18th century, George Town went through tremendous transformations over the last two centuries, from a swampy frontier, to a bustling trading post, to the present city of living history, filled with nuances in every corner, worthy to be discovered by intrepid adventurers. Penang is hot and humid due to its geographical location and the monsoon climate. It is warmest in the months of July and August. The average temperature is above 30?C during the day and above 25?C at night. The rainy season lasts from November to February with increasing humidity when it is over. Penang’s vibrant festivals are a colourful re?ection of the state’s multiculturalism. Traditional festivals such as Thaipusam, Hungry Ghost Festival, Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Chingay Parade and Chinese New Year have retained an authenticity that is unmatched in Asia.
Penang is a delightful fusion of nature, culture and history. Comprising the island of Penang and Seberang Perai on the mainland with one of the longest bridges in Asia running the length between, the state is widely recognised as one of the world’s top holiday destinations. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage City, Penang leaves an indelible mark on each visitor, leaving them wanting more with each visit.