Pe­nang

Asia Outlook - - Business Travel - Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Man­ager: Joe Pal­liser

THE STATE HOSTS one of Malaysia’s most di­verse, cos­mopoli­tan and ex­cit­ing cul­tures, with

Ge­orge­town pro­vid­ing the cul­mi­na­tion of all the above. 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 as well.

Of course, it would be a trav­esty to ne­glect Pe­nang’s trop­i­cal mas­ter­piece

Pe­nang has a long his­tory of serv­ing as the e con­nect­ing point be­tween Malaysia’s two halves, not to men­tion an im­por­tant step­ping stone to the mar­kets of Europe and the Mid­dle East

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.

Sim­i­lar to the rest of Malaysia, the cli­mate in Pe­nang is equa­to­rial, with the dri­est months be­tween Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary and the wettest 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 mean­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion can be par­tic­u­larly packed.

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