Penang, Malaysia



Penang Hill

Penang Hill is a hill resort and at 833 metres, offers one of the best view of Georgetown, Penang Bridge and the mainland across the strait, especially at night. Known as Bukit Bendera (Flag Hill) in Malay, the 19th-century English travel writer, Isabella Bird, once described the temperature on Penang Hill as 'delicious' because of the much cooler climate than on the lowlands. More than a century later, Penang Hill still offers welcome relief for visitors escaping from the heat of the lowlands.

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For many visitors a stay of 2-3 hours at the summit of Penang Hill to enjoy its cool weather is sufficient. When you reach the summit, you can walk around the hilltop, stop for tea or drinks, enjoy a leisurely lunch, buy a few souvenirs and take panoramic photographs of Georgetown and across the straits. There is also a mosque, an old Hindu temple and the only hotel on Penang Hill i.e. the 12-room Belleuve Hotel. For the adventurous there is the 150-metre Canopy Walk (free of charge), offering you the opportunity to walk from one tree top to another and enjoy the wonderful view of the jungle below. 

Base station to Penang Hill

Base station to Penang Hill

Funicular Train to Penang Hill
Take Rapid Penang bus no. 204 to the last stop to get to the lower (base) station of Penang Hill. The bus departs from Weld Quay (near the ferry terminal) with one of the stops at the KOMTAR Building before arriving at the base station. The funicular train from the base station to the summit takes 10 minutes. The r
eturn fares for Malaysians are MYR8 for adults and MYR4 for children, while foreign tourists are charged MYR30 for adults and MYR15 for children. The service runs daily from 6.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. at 30-minute frequencies. The trains can be crowded on weekends and public holidays, so you may have to wait some time in a queue at the bottom and top.

Penang Hill

View of Georgetown from Penang Hill

Walking Up Penang Hill
The more adventurous and fit may want to hike up the hill (remember to take along a bottle of water). There are several starting points for trekking up the hill including from the Moon Gate (about 300 metres from the entrance of the Botanical Gardens) and from inside the Botanical Gardens itself (just before the Reservoir). The trail to the top takes 2-3 hours depending on your fitness level and on how lucky you will be with your choice of directions at the junctions - there are no signs.

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