As Penang has a tropical climate, it is advisable to wear cool clothing. It is usually sunny, but the heat is moderate and still comfortable to walk around outdoors. Shopping malls and restaurants are equipped with air-conditioning so you may want to carry along a light cover-up. If you are attending a formal function, a western-style suit or a batik shirt for men is acceptable. To be safe, check with your host before the event. It is a requirement to dress modestly when visiting places of worship. Mosques will often prepare appropriate cover-ups for tourists. Shoes should also be removed when entering places of worship.
Have a small umbrella on hand when you’re planning outdoor activities, and always carry a bottle of water to keep hydrated amid all that excitement. Do keep in mind that it is not advisable to drink tap water directly.
The Malaysian Immigration laws require that every person entering Malaysia must possess a valid passport with more than six (6) months validity from the date of entry into Malaysia, so do check your passport before you plan your travels.
Electrical sockets in Malaysia supply electricity between 220 and 240 volts. You will need a type G socket adapter in order for your plugs to be compatible for use in Malaysia.
The official language of Malaysia is Malay, but many l ocals are proficient in English as well. Most Penangites are competent in more than two languages. Almost all Chinese speak ‘Penang Hokkien’ which is unique because of the blend of Chinese with many ‘adopted’ Malay words and some English words. Penangites’ most common greeting is “Dah makan kah?” (Malay), “Chiak pa boi” (Hokkien), “Saptacha” (Tamil) which literally means “Have you eaten?”.