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penang malaysia

Pulau Penang, the "Island of the Betelnut Tree", has long been an inviting destination for traders and travellers.

Throughout the year, the entire island is filled with numerous events, activities and celebrations to showcase its multi-cultural heritage.  Penang Island is in north west Malaysia, towards Thailand's south western border.

Though the beach located just steps from your guestroom at the Shangri La Rasa Sayang may be hard to resist, the resort is also less than an hour away from the oldest colonial city in the country and Penang’s capital city, George Town - now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Penang was founded by British traders in 1786 and had a century long history of trade with China, India, the Middle East and Europe. This historical spice trading port offers the curious explorer a wealth of fascinating sights that reflect its diverse heritage. 

Other destinations in Malaysia

  • Langkawi Island - for The Datai, The Andaman and the Four Seasons Langkawi
  • Pangkor Laut - a gorgeous private island with a luxury spa resort of the same name (and the only one on the island).

Other ideas in the region

If you are interested in Malaysia, you might also want to consider two other nearby desinations:

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Weather and seasons

Penang has a typically tropical climate of warm, sunny weather throughout the year. Rain is most frequent from November to January, but can be expected in any month.

Everything else

  • Language:  Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil
  • Population:  1.2 million
  • Time Zone:  GMT +8 hours
  • Visas:  not required for Europeans staying less than 3 months
  • Currency:  The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, divided into 100 sen (cents). The currency is abbreviated both as RM and MYR.
shangri la rasa sayang

shangri la rasa sayang

penang, malaysia    7 nights from £1,075

Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa offers an expansive luxury retreat in contemporary Malaysian style, nestled along Penang's popular Batu Ferringi Beach. The resort sits on thirty acres of lush gardens, framed by majestic ancient rain trees which re-create a taste of the island's rich tropical scenery.