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Hello and Welcome to Our Friendly Expat Community in Penang!

A hearty welcome to Penang, the food capital of the world. Well, that's certainly what the locals will tell you the second you touch down. When you arrive in this humid, tropical island, you will certainly have a few questions, "do I have the correct working visa" or "is it safe to do watersports at Batu Ferringhi?". That's exactly what InterNations is here for — to connect you to like-minded and more experienced expats who can guide you through any teething problems and more than that, become friends for life. Penang is a feast for the senses and a heady combination of car horns, food frying at midnight, and tropical breezes.

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  • In Penang until Mid-Feb
    10 replies
    Jan 18, 2:13 PM
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    Hi Cheryl, I am Ruhil from Penang, there is alot of Q&A involved to advice you a right place. If you need my assistance you may PM me in WhatsApp : +60125353547 Ruhil

  • NRL State of Origin
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    May 27, 4:50 AM
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    No worries at all Garry, will be there too

  • Upcoming Tango Events
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    May 27, 9:06 AM
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    Hello Yathish, Argentine Tango is for everyone, it is social dancing! Of course you ca join if you are interested! Pls check more info from our Facebook Page: Penang Milonga Cheers Stephanie

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What Is Expat Life in Penang Like?

Penang really has it all: palm-fringed beaches, a huge national park, beautiful heritage buildings, bustling industry, and a growing arts scene. As mentioned, it's also a foodie haven, the city that most Malaysians concede has the best food in the country, from local Malay sweets and curries, to Chinese hawkers selling fresh seafood and kuay teow. Penang is also the Malaysian destination of choice for most travelers as it is known for its great nightlife, café culture, and shopping. All this makes for an invigorating experience. The biggest industry in Penang is actually manufacturing, which takes up much of the land in Seberang Perai (the southern part of Penang, separate from Penang Island). Back on the island, which is where most expats choose to live, banking and tourism are two of the biggest industries.

Improve Your Network of Fellow Expats in Penang

The InterNations Penang Community is lively and well developed, full of interesting people just waiting to meet you! You can join groups to suit every taste — arts, golfing, and cooking, to name just a few. These groups are an excellent way of connecting with like-minded people, who in turn will be able to help you with issues such as finding a local doctor and give you advice about health insurance. Alternatively, post your questions in the forums, for a range of different opinions. Another opportunity to meet the whole expat community is by joining one of the larger get-together events organized by InterNations. InterNations is a unique community with members who have gone through a careful approval process and all respect our guiding principles. This means that through trust, polite and friendly behavior and an open mind-set, you are able to interact in a safe and secure environment, making the most of your time in Penang.

  • Adam Malewski

    With all the great information on this site, getting settled in Kuala Lumpur was a piece of cake.

  • Yasmin Krüger-Darango

    A former business partner recommended InterNations to me when I moved abroad to Malaysia. We still use it to stay in touch.

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