Penang Hill, Penang
You will find that everyone is rushing to get a seat. Whether you are sitting or standing throughout the 30 minutes ride, it is will crowded and you will be in close proximity although not touching each other.
So what is outside is great distraction. At the first part of the journey, you may see monkeys on roof tops or telegraph cables. There is sound of rushing water from the drainage from above.
Your train will go over impressive viaducts and later through a short a tunnel. There will be a middle station stop to change trains but there are other stops for the residents or bungalow vacationers along the upper hill. Do not get off until your last stop at the top of the hill.
Historically, only Englishmen were allowed to build bungalows at the top of Penang Hill. Their wealthy Chinese business partners were allowed to build bungalows at the middle upper part of the hill. One of them is called the Great Wall (picture shown).
When you finally reach the top of Penang Hill, you are greeted by the cool temperature and an amazing view of Georgetown below with the bridge connecting to the mainland.
Then you walk along the road where there are no cars except for a few jeeps and motorcycles allowed for the people living up there and a communication tower.
There is a small police station, a small post office, a mosque and an Hindu temple up there. Besides the hill bungalows and the Bellevue hotel and a hawker center, there is nothing much up here.
So a small bird aviary of local and foreign birds just outside the Bellevue hotel will catch your eyes. Great for children to spend some time, less than 20 minutes to see all. Admission is RM3. A bit hefty up this is a hill top venue.
Favorite thing: Initially built by Brits in 19th centuries, as a second home for Europeans who prefer cool surroundings and escape from the heat of tropics. Today, the hill is open to everyone who wants to take a bird eyes view of the spectacular Penang Island. A half an hour ride on the funicular railway from the Lower Tunnel Station is all it takes to alight atop the hill.
Favorite thing: Penang Hill is 830 metres above sea level... You can get to the top of the hill on the funicular (train) for 4 RM. From the top of the hill you can see Georgetown...it's beautiful at night...