Fly To Penang, Malaysia

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Penang’s capital Georgetown was recently voted the 4th best destination in Malaysia in TripAdvisor’s 2012 Traveler’s Choice awards. Situated on the northwest peninsula of Malaysia, the State of Penang is divided into two main parts – Penang Island and Seberang Perai. This part of Malaysia is celebrated by travellers for its exotic food and beaches, and Penang is blessed with an equatorial climate that attracts a number of beach-loving tourists, especially over Christmas & New Year. In Penang – the Pearl of the Orient – nature, tradition and culinary expertise merge making it a hot favourite among tourists.
Currently there are no direct flights between Penang and South Africa, but you can easily find your way there by air with – SA’s leading online travel agency. Use Travelstart to easily find, compare prices and book flights to Penang, Malaysia on all airlines such as Cathay Pacific with flights via Hong Kong, Singapore Airlines with flights via Singapore and many more.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African Passport holders travelling to Penang do not require a Visa to enter Malaysia, for up to 90 days. You do need to ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
  • The South African High Commission to Malaysia is in Kuala Lumpur. Suite 22, 01 Level 22, No. 3 Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. Phone: + 60 3 2170 2400 or + 60 3 2161 7629. Website:

See and do

The tropical spice garden is one of Penang’s most unique attractions. It offers a collection of various herb and spice plants in a tropical garden setting, and while there, you might also catch a glimpse of the silver leaf monkey and some exotic lizards in their natural habitat.
The Kek Lok Si Temple in Georgetown has beautiful carvings and idols and offers beautiful views of the city, while the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese-Malay people is depicted in the Pinang Penakan Museum and temple.
The diverse street food of Penang is one of its greatest assets and some of the local dishes you should try include Penang Assam Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Wonton Mee and Nasi Kandar. 
Penang is also known for Batik cloth, herbs & spices such as nutmeg, and ceramic items. You can visit the flea market of Penang to seek out these native products.

Penang International Airport – PEN

Penang International Airport, located just 16km from Georgetown, is a medium sized airport serving the northern region of Malaysia.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Car Hire: Car rental services at Penang Airport include Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Alamo & Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Penang International Airport (code PEN) is a hub for Firefly and AirAsia.

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