The island of Penang is near the northwestern coast of Malaysia near the Malacca Strait. Since Penang is not that large, tourists can explore the island on their own if they rent a car. Skyscanner has the best deals on many types of vehicles, including convertibles and larger automobiles for a group of travellers.
Penang Car Rental Options
A prime spot to find a rental car is Penang International Airport, which is about 15 kilometres from George Town, the capital of Penang. As the third-busiest airport in the country, it offers flights to many Asian and Malaysian cities. Car rental companies found in the arrivals terminal at the airport include Auto Europe, Avis, and Hertz.
Visitors can also rent vehicles from Hertz in George Town, but the airport offers a greater choice of vehicles. Travellers venturing through the island's hills should secure a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
What to Know When Driving in Penang
Since Malaysia was once a British colony, the islands adopted the British rules of driving, including driving on the left-hand side of the road. The area features many one-way streets, so if travellers miss their turn, it may take extra time to find their way. Many of the country's stoplights stay red or green too long, resulting in long backups in either direction. Some roads have cameras to spot drivers going faster than the speed limit. On occasion these cameras are near traffic lights, while some are hidden under bridges.
Traffic around George Town is perhaps the busiest on the island. Busy times include weekends, morning rush hour, and public holidays. Travellers should avoid passive driving, for if they let one driver cut in front, many more will follow. International driver's licenses are valid for up to 90 days.
Metered parking is prevalent in the area, with most meters in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is usually free on public holidays and on Sundays. To pay for parking, drivers must use centralized pay stations rather than paying at specific parking spaces. They will need coins and the car's registration number to pay for the parking spot.
The Best Attractions in the Area
Once travellers rent a car and get a hotel thanks to Skyscanner, they can take advantage of the many sightseeing opportunities on the island.
Travellers can head north on Route 231 to Route 220 from the airport to the Aye Itam village, which provides amazing views of the Ayer Itam dam. Visitors can hike to the top of the dam, with the trek taking about 45 minutes. From the top, which is about 243 metres high, they can gaze out to George Town. Near the Ayer Itam dam is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The Kek Lok Si Temple is an important place for Buddhists to pilgrimage. The Made in Penang Interactive Museum, found along the coast off Route 6, features more than 30 pieces of artwork with three-dimensional images.
No matter what part of Penang travellers want to visit, Skyscanner has the tools necessary for an enjoyable trip. They can download the Skyscanner mobile app and start enjoying the stunning views on this Malaysian island.