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Penang Cruises

Penang is an island located off the northwestern coast of Malaysia by the Malacca Strait. The island is lovingly referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ for its:

  • Pristine sandy beaches
  • Beautiful natural scenery
  • Fascinating cultural sights
  • Numerous eateries with delicious food

Penang is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 and is an absolute must-visit while on a cruise in Southeast Asia.

The Best Time to Cruise to Penang

Generally speaking, the months of November to January are the best for visiting Penang, here is why:

  • – Comfortable and pleasant weather for sightseeing and being outside
  • – The festive season is fun and colourful here

However, the above also means that there are a lot of people around, plus the prices are higher.

Visit in February to April for a quieter time with fewer tourist crowds.

Things to Do in Penang

Penang is an enchanting kaleidoscope of different cultures, traditions and people. The locals are welcoming and enthusiastic about their history, so you will find a variety of events, festivals and carnivals happening around the island.

Here are just some of our favourite places to visit while in Penang:

  • – Go on a jungle walk, take a boat ride or just relax on the beach at the stunning Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang. You can also spot silvered leaf monkeys and flying lemurs here.
  • – The Blue Mansion is a must-visit while in George Town, it is now a hotel but you can still have a guided tour around it to learn all about the beautiful building’s Feng Shui and unique features.
  • – Visit the Performing Arts Centre of Penang for a great show, check out their website to see what exactly is on.
  • – Wander around the Chowrasta Bazaar to get some souvenirs, like batik clothes and headscarves, or try the island’s famous pickles.

Top Cruise Lines

Penang is included in the itineraries of some of the best cruise lines out there, so you are sure to find a cruise to suit your needs and budget:

Departing from a home port in Australia is easy, with the following cruise lines setting sail from Perth (Fremantle) and Sydney: