Known for its old world traditions and historic charms, Penang, coined “Pearl of The Orient”, is home to many Penangites and travellers. While modernity is embraced, the well-preserved heritage buildings have earned George Town its status as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008.

Besides being a popular holiday destination, countless foreigners have adopted Penang as their home under Malaysia’s My Second Home Program. Whether it is the nostalgic trishaws ride, quaint night markets or stunning beaches, Penang is definitely a fun place to explore for the adventurous and young at heart!
Year-round tropical rainforest climate with warm and sunny spells interspersed with heavy showers during the southwest monsoon from April to September.   A melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and British culture, the common languages of Penang are English, Mandarin, Malay, Penang Hokkien and Tamil depending on ethnic backgrounds.   The local currency is Ringgit Malaysia and is abbreviated to either MYR or RM. Money changers can be found at the airport, banks and malls throughout Penang.
Official Conference Hotel
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
10, Lebuh Farquhar,
10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang.

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  Getting Here...  
  By Air  
  Penang International Airport is located 20 km (13 miles) from the city centre. The airport serves as the main airport for the northern region of Malaysia with daily flights providing non-stop and connecting services to major domestic and international destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand and more. Flights to Penang International Airport are offered by a wide variety of international carriers including Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways as well as low-cost airlines Air Asia, Firefly, Malindo Air, Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways.

The official airport taxis operate with a coupon system (coupon can be purchased at the counter at the arrival hall), by which fares between the airport and various destinations in Penang are fixed.

The conference venue, E & O hotel in Georgetown is approximately 45 minutes from the airport by taxi.
Price Rate from Penang International Airport
E & O Hotel, Georgetown
Pickup time
Pickup time
Taxi (Budget Sedan- 4 seats) RM 44.70 RM 67.00
Minivan(10 seats) RM 89.40 RM 134.00
  By Road  
  The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the west side of Peninsular Malaysia. Vehicles may take either the Penang Bridge or the ferry to cross over to the island.  
  By Ferry  
  From Butterworth, the ferry service is available for both passengers and vehicles. Tickets can be purchased at the Butterworth terminal.  
Type Ferry Fares
Car RM 7.70
Motorcycle RM 2.00
Pedestrian Adult RM 1.20 | Child RM 0.60
The three-wheeled trishaw used to be a common sight on the island, but today they exist as a novelty for tourists to enjoy touring the city. Fares tend to vary therefore passengers have to agree on price before getting on a trishaw. It is advisable to hire them by the hour for extended sightseeing.   Taxis are easily and widely available around the island. Passengers should note that there will be a 50% surcharge for taxi services during the hours from 12am-6am.   Renting a car offers great flexibility and convenience during travelling. Charges are based on daily rate and a deposit payment is required.
Company Contact No
Europcar Rental 012 329 3070
Avis Car Rental 04 - 643 9633
Hertz Car Rental 04 - 226 8602
The Streets of George Town    
Explore on foot or take a trishaw ride to experience the unique charms of architecture and sights from George Town’s colonial past. Soak in the sight of every clanhouse and building, each with its own tale to tell, marking a page of Penang’s colourful history. If you are not sure where to begin, do join the friendly guided walking tours organised by Penang Heritage Trust or do it with ‘green wheels’ – via a bicycle or trishaw package tour. Also, keep an eye out for spectacular street art and murals that are proudly displayed on the walls of various streets in George Town, making that perfect morning stroll much more interesting!   The Clan Jetties is a series of jetties that form part of the Penang Heritage Trail. The Clan Jetties is one of the unique Chinese settlements that have been around on the island since the 19th century. Initially a wood yard littered with planks and firewood, after the construction of the Quay in 1882, the waterfront was developed with short public landing stages (jetties). In time, settlements grew on these foundations, with each named and dominated by certain clans.

Eight different clans still reside at the Clan Jetties, with each individual jetty named after their surname. The Lim, Chew, Tan and Yeoh jetties are the oldest, while the Koay, Lee and Mixed Surname jetties were built afterwards. These humble, rickety jetties are a living heritage that serves as a reminder of the island’s stature as an important maritime port and the pioneer Chinese immigrants who came to seek their fortune here more than a century ago.
The Made in Penang Interactive Museum really helps shake off pre-existing ideas of boring, outdated museums, instead offering visitors a fun, exciting way to view artwork with exhibits that have clever 3D imagery features. Visitors will go nuts figuring out creative ways to take pictures with the 3D artwork, which ranges from historical images such as battleships being blown up by cannons, to elevators with iconic horror movie characters inside. The trick is that artists have used different colours, textured contours and some props to create each unique photo.   With its sandy shores and vast open sea, Batu Ferringhi offers an amazing respite from the hustle and bustle of town. Check into any one of the resorts that line the stretch and spend your afternoon soaking in the soothing sound of lapping waves and bright sunny rays of this tropical paradise.

At night, the popular tourist belt comes to life as traders hawk their wares while eateries bring out their best menus to satiate even the most discerning of palates. The Batu Ferringhi night market offers some eye-catching knick-knacks including wood carvings, silver jewellery, crockery and display items.
Comprising a series of monasteries, prayer halls, temples and beautifully-landscaped gardens, this national icon was built in 1890 by Beow Lean, a devout immigrant Chinese Buddhist. The ten-acre site was purchased in 1893 and the initial temple structure was built on the summit of He Shan.

The temple is a valuable monument of worship to the Penang Straits Chinese community. Also known as the ‘Temple of Supreme Bliss’, it features a maze of souvenir kiosks as well as a turtle and fish pond. The turtle pond – known as The Liberation Pond – was built because according to Chinese tradition, turtles symbolize longevity, strength and endurance and the act of capturing and freeing a turtle is a symbol of spiritual liberation.
  Penang Hill, or Flagstaff Hill (Bukit Bendera) as it is officially known, rises 821 metres above sea level, providing a welcome break from the heat below. One of Penang’s most popular attractions, a trip up the hill is absolutely worthwhile, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the whole island all the way to the top. The best way to reach the summit is to hop on board the train that travels all the way up in half an hour or a short 30-minute cable car ride. Alternatively, for those with the stamina, a 3 hour trek up the hill via the Botanic Gardens is complemented by the lush foliage of the rainforest. Highlights at the peak include a pretty Hindu temple, church, mosque and even a snake show where you can take photos with a tame python for a fee.