Penang has long served as the connecting point between Malaysia's two halves, acting as a natural and important stepping stone towards Europe and the Middle East.
The state hosts one of Malaysia’s most diversely cosmopolitan and exciting cultures, with George Town providing the culmination of all this energy. There you will find the perfect combination of the urban centre required for ease during a business trip, as well as delivering on the charms of old-world Asia.
Although Penang’s beaches are a perfect spot on which to relax, you will find the state’s rich and multicultural history is what really draws you in. Its history dates back to the beginnings of British colonialisation in the 18th century and is full of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences and is known as the food paradise of Malaysia.
Of course, it would be a travesty to neglect Penang’s tropical masterpiece during your time there, with palm-lined beaches and quaint fishing villages to explore. If you have a little more time on your hands between meetings and find yourself looking for a challenge, take a trip up to the mountainous jungle farms that grow exotic produce such as nutmeg and durian.
Similarly to the rest of Malaysia the climate in Penang is that of an equatorial state, with the driest months between January and February and the wettest period of time from September to November. Of course, you will be travelling for business, but take into account that high-season is around Christmas, New Years Day and the Chinese New Year and the island will be flooded with tourists, making finding accommodation particularly challenging.