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Penang has long been known as one of Southeast Asia's finest destinations, with its outstanding beaches and exotic sights.  However, as fabulous as its beaches are, some of Penang's deeper mysteries should also be experienced, such as the Snake Temple, which, according to local folklore was inhabited by snakes which crawled out of the jungle on the night of the temple's completion and are still there today. The Kek Lok Si temple, at Air Itam, is reputed to be the largest and most beautiful temple complex in Southeast Asia. Its 7-storey pagoda, over 90 feet high, is a harmonious blend of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship.

Whilst you are in Penang we recommend a gentle trek through the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, which is crisscrossed with beautiful trails leading to isolated beaches. You will be amazed at the rare flora, monkeys chattering in the trees, sea eagles surveying their prey and perhaps even a glimpse of a Hawksbill turtle heading for the sea.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet

Nights: 24 | from £122,915pp

Join an exotic, around-the-world expedition personally designed and accompanied by A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. Snorkel the coral reefs of French Polynesia,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Highlights of Sabah

Nights: 9 | from £2,130pp

Sabah, Malaysia’s ‘Wild East’, is a lush natural wonderland where orangutans swing through the rainforest, azure seas teem with colourful fish and former... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Classic Malaysia

Nights: 13 | from £3,595pp

Discover the myriad faces of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, exploring their diverse cultural heritage, spectacular rainforests and beaches, lively... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Borneo Wildlife Adventure

Nights: 8 | from £3,365pp

Introduce the family to the wildlife of one of the world’s great natural wonderlands – Borneo. Snorkel among dazzling fish, meet the great orange apes... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays | Safari & Wildlife

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Highlights of Malaysia

Nights: 11 | from £1,995pp

Explore the cultural melting-pot that is Malaysia, shaped by Chinese and Indian immigrants and years of British colonial rule, but with a flavour all... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

A testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang has been catering to the discerning traveller... Find out more

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Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Malaysia


Prices from £1,099pp saving from £200pp for 7 nights
Book a stay at Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa for travel before 31st March 2017 and save from £200pp. Based on two people sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room on a B&B basis, including international flights and transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. 


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Shangri La Rasa Ria, Malaysia


Complimentary sunrise breakfast with a view of Mount Kinabalu
Book a stay in the Ocean Wing at Shangri La’s Rasa Ria and receive special benefits exclusive to A&K; these benefits include a complimentary breakfast overlooking Mount Kinabalu as the sun rises, plus 20% discount on all food and beverages, and spa treatments too. Valid for travel 1st September 2016 – 31st March 2017, excludes 24th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017 and 26th January – 1st February 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.


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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Fly to

Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)


Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.

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