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Books set in Penang: novels to transport you to Penang Island

Books are the perfect escapism, enabling the reader to be transported to a different land. I especially love reading novels that are set in a destination I’ve travelled, or even better, whilst I’m actually there. When a novel is set in a destination that you’ve personally connected with, the story grips you that little bit …

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Can you drink the water in Penang? We share our drinking water safety tips

Alongside the impact of air travel on climate change, the biggest environmental concern most travellers have relates to plastic waste. When you arrive in a new country, one of the most pressing questions you’ll encounter is; am I safe to drink the tap water in Penang? For convenience, cost, and the environment, tap water is …

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Plugs on Penang: what plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

Be prepared for you Penang trip by making sure you know the correct Malaysia plug type and have your travel adaptors and/or extensions packed. Even the most minimalist traveller to Penang will be packing an electrical device, and on the other end of the scale, worldschooling families are likely to be travelling with a myriad …

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Accommodation options in Penang: hotels, Airbnb, hostels, and campsites

Choosing the right accommodation for your visit to Penang takes some thought, and it’s worthwhile giving time to this thought as your accommodation probably takes up a sizeable portion of your hard-earned travel budget. Do you want to be immersed in the grand, colonial history of George Town, or perhaps experience the Chinese heritage? Or …

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Penang travel FAQs: everything you need to know for a smooth visit

Penang is an intoxicating fusion of cultures and alongside its deep-rooted history, this tropical island is being catapulted into the modern world. It’s vibrant, chaotic, and very hot and humid. For those travellers visiting Southeast Asia for the first time, the differing sites, sounds and smells hit immediately and may be unsettling initially. However, any …

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Is there Grab in Penang? A complete guide to using Grab in 2024

Taxi services in Penang have undergone something of a revolution in the past few years, with a company called Grab very much at the forefront. E-hailing apps are commonplace across the globe and offer the traveller numerous advantages, including set fares, driver tracking, destination point on Google Maps, and the option to pay using credit …

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Top 14 indoor activities in Penang to keep you cool and dry

Wondering what to do on a rainy day in Penang or where to go to escape the heat? Here we have compiled the best indoor activities in Penang for you. Penang packs a punch with the array of activities on offer; from the street food and street art of downtown George Town, to rainforest hikes …

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Penang rainy season: is it a good time to visit?

Being a tropical island, it shouldn’t surprise you that Penang a receives considerable amount of rain. Those lush rainforests obviously need plentiful rain to grow. But when exactly is the Penang rainy season, and is it a good time to visit, or should it be avoided? Read on for everything you need to know about …

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