Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), Penang
Fresh air, coolest place, that's what i feel when my feet step out from the train... It's took 30 mins by train, which built by british in 1880.
From the top of the Penang Hill, we can see the Penang island with The Komtar, George Town and penang bridge.
Make sure you go up Penang Hill if you get the chance...the best time is late afternoon so you can see the view in the day time and after sunset also.
It takes about half an hour to get up the hill so give yourself enough time for the trip up and back.
Costs are: 4 RM for adult return and 2 RM for children under 12
You must go to the top of Penang Hill to see the views over the island. It is also several degrees cooler up there than at sea level.
The easiest way to get up there is to ride the tram from the bottom. The ride takes a long time, about 30 mins, but is very enjoyable.
It costs only a few ringgit.
The hill is 821 metres high and has some nice gardens that you can wander around.
Taking the hill train on penang hill is great. It takes you 30 minutes to get there.
There are pleasant views of bungalows along the way and pitcher plants growing on the side of the tracks. The first train up leaves the station at Air Itam at 6.30 am and every subsequent half hour.
At the summit of penang hill the famous hoteliers, the Sarkies brothers, opened the Crag Hotel in 1890. It is now a Public Works Department building. The small Bellevue Hotel has a nice garden with an aviary, a good restaurant and the best views of the island.
Take an enjoyable funicular rail ride up Penang Hill, 830m above sea level, to have a panoramic view of Georgetown. Penang Hill was established as a cool hill retreat during the colonial days. It was originally called Flagstaff Hill, the locals have always affectionately referred to it as Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera.
The ride takes 30 minutes, with a change of trains in the middle. Along the way you can see bits of wild-looking jungle, possibly some jungle wild-life such as monkeys (for some reason or so, people in the tram get excited when they spot these monkeys), old bungalows of the former colonial masters and some other odd buildings.
At the top of the hill, you'll find a hawker centre, souvenir stalls, a mosque, hindu temple, and the old Bellevue hotel. The hotel is one of several hotel cum sanatoriums which originally dotted the hilltops. The Bellevue has definitely seen better days, and the interior in particular has all the charm of a colonial government hospital.
In the garden in front of the Bellevue is a small aviary garden with several species of parrots and a few hornbills. The birds are beautiful but the cages are a bit too small for them to have room to fly and socialize.
Nature lovers can opt to take a six-kilometre hike up by nature trails accessible from the Botanical Gardens (if you're really in the mood for a lot of exercise).
Funicular train ride return tickets are at RM$4 for adults and RM$2 for children.
Admission to the Bellevue Hotel Aviary Garden is RM$4.
Best time to go is in the late afternoon to catch the sunset and enjoy the night view of Georgetown.
Avoid going to Penang Hill during the weekends and Public Holiday. Long queues and you'd probably be packed like sardines in the tram. Not a good idea...! Just waiting to go on the tram can be such a frustrating experience for some during the peak periods!
I seemed to be the only one interested in going on this excursion but once we got on the furnicular train that goes up the hill everything changed. Everyone agreed that this is a "must do thing" for anyone who goes to Penang. The view from the top is breathtaking.
Also known as Bukit Bendera, Penang Hill is the highest peak on Pulau Pinang. At 830m above sea level, it is one of the best places to catch a bird's eye view of the island's expanse, including the panorama of George Town, the Penang Bridge and the Straits of Melaka.
One of the peaks on Penang Hill called Flagstaff Hill, is accessible via a healthy hike up via several hiking trails, including one from the Penang Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, visitors may also opt for a more leisurely trip up via the Penang Hill Railway which stretches just over 2km long and departs from the station at Air Itam, a mere 10 minutes' walk from the Kek Lok Si Temple. The 30-minute ride on the funicular railway takes place every 30 minutes and makes its way up a thrilling, at times near-45 degrees angle, with spectacular vistas along the way before reaching the top hill station at 701m above sea level.
From Georgetown, take a Transit Link bus No 1, or No 101, or Lim Seng bus No 91, or minibus No 21 from Lebuh Chulia to the Air Itam Terminal.
Penang Hills - Opens 7 days a week
Funicular Train service - Going up, 6:30am to 9:30pm. Saturday extend until
Going down, 6:45am to 9:15pm. Saturday extend until 11:15pm
Bellevue Bird Park - Opens seven days a week, 9am to 6pm
Funicular Train - RM4 per trip
Bellevue Hotel Bird Park - RM4 (Adult), RM2 (Children)
Taxi from George Town about RM20, from Batu Feringghi about RM30 - to the foot
hill only. To get on top of the hill by 4WD vehicle.
I was here in 2009 with my younger sister and her friend from Boston. My first time to Penang Hill (also known as Bukit Bendera in Malay language), I was so excited to sit on the tram to Penang Hill, but end up raining cats and dogs, I didn't bring any umbrella. So what can we do, just walked around the station, take a few pictures and go down hill..What a a memorable trip to Penang Hill.. Thats the first and last I visited Penang Hill..
At over 800 metres above sea level, the peak is a lot cooler than the tropical heat below. Since 1923 a funicular railway system has been taking passengers up the hill. It takes about 30 minutes and includes a change of trains half way. Alternatively there are hiking trails up the hill.
At the summit you get a panoramic view of Georgetown and Penang Island. There's also a hotel, restaurant and bird park here.
We took a taxi to the bottom of Penang hill and then took the rather scary looking funicular rail train up the hill! It is a very interesting steep ride and the view from the top of the hill is amazing.
It is much cooler ascending the hill. At the top there is perfect photo taking opportunities, refreshments and some cheap sourvenior places.
Another highlight is Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia's largest Buddhist temple perched against a hill slope in Air Itam. Marvel at the statue of the Goddess of Mercy and the 30 metre high Pagoda. See the "Pond of Longevity" home for hundreds of tortoises set free by devotees.
You can even take a photo with a snake!
Wandering around the gardens was just as much fun as all of the above.
I noticed a nice restaurant up on the hill as well called the Colonial Penang Hill. It looked very nice though we didnt have time to do in.
Penang Hill is the highest point in Penang Island. From the top of the hill, you can see most of Penang. It is worth the while to make your way up to the top of the Penang Hill.
There is a Rapid Bus Service 204 that brings you right to the foot of the tram car service at Penang Hill. The fare is RM$4.00 per person from the Jetty or from Komtar (bus transport hub). It is the only Rapid bus service to go there.
The tram service cost about RM$30 per person (foreigners) and about RM$5 for Malaysians. The trams service is rather fast and waiting time is short.
At the top of Penang Hill, the initial view is that of Georgetown and the (now) 2 Penang Bridges that connects the mainland Malaysia to Penang Island. You can make your way around the top of the Hill to see the other side of Penang.
At the top of the hill, there are food & beverage outlets and some of these are with splendid view of Penang Island. You can expect the food and beverages there to cost more.
Visiting Penang Hill is a must for everyone visiting Penang. To avoid crowds, I went up there recently in the evening. The night view of Penang is stunning! Round trip ticket costs RM4 per adult. It was worth it!!
The historical funicular train ride takes 30 minutes to the top of the hill (not counting waiting time). Passengers have to change to another train half way up. Train service starts from 6a.m. Last train coming down from the top leaves at 9:15pm (11:15pm on Saturdays).
On Penang Hill, you can find a hotels, a tea house, a garden, an indian temple, a mosque, some bird cages, and souvenir stores.
There is a Mini Meseum next to the ticket counter on the foot of Penang Hill. It's worth a visit if you have time. There are some interesting photos of the early days on display. However, some other objects on display are not labeled.
On a really hot day its quite a relief to go up Penang Hill. There's the buddist temple to see, the old style carriages, the large canon & even a Bird park to visit. Watch out for the cheeky monkeys running everywhere.