An unexpectedly pleasant excursion. Unexpected because I did not know anything about Penang Hill beforehand.
A funicular railway in 2 sections takes visitors to the top of the hill for a great view of the island. It is a nice piece of Swiss engineering. The top of the hill is 831m above sea level.
On the way up you will see troops of monkeys (long-tailed macaques, I think) and maybe a few individual monkeys at the top scavenging around rubbish bins.
There is a Hidu temple and a mosque at the top of the hill. There is also a hotel with a balcony restaurant which is good for a snack and drink. The balcony has jade vines growing over it to provide some shade. If you look carefully at the vines you will see small, green pit vipers coiled up! Don't worry. They won't fall on to your table and they will leave you alone if you leave them alone.
The last train back is at 9pm and the return train ride costs 4 ringgits.
Tanjung Bungah night market on Tuesday nights is a good place to go for murtabak, putu mayong, ban chang kuih, laksa, satay... Some of the food stalls in the market are also open.
cheap fruits and lots of interesting knick knacks are on sale-hair clips, magnets..
Ferringhi Beach - Batu Ferringhi - is at the northern coast of Penang Island. It's very popular with the locals.
Foreigners would stay at the beach hotels and do their shopping at the numerous art galleries, stalls and shops.
Here's a alook at the entrance .. as u walk along the pathway there will be an entrance... and u can purchase your tix before you get in and roam around... interesting place... as u walked in... to forget to snap a photo of the entrance as the signboard up at the entrance stated what year it was there... cool aint it..
This is actually a place where Captain Francis Light first landed his foot on way back in the 80s. THe structure was not the original thought but it was rebuilt as per before using stones... before it was wod.
This fort, engrave its name from Charles Cornwallis a very well known and distinguished i would say, a Governor General of India.
Before it's use as a military base for to hinder the French from getting onland and now after all the that... it's to the public as a park and also there's an outdoor theater there..
Kek Lok Si Temple (Temple of Paradise) a place to be and also the biggest buddhist temple around.. infact in south east asia if im not mistaken... this temple is dedicated to the goddess of mercy. You can see a flacour of chinese , burmese kinda architecture ...
this place is well kept and those who are visiting are forbid to litter and do something unrespectful
butterflies is a favorite of locals and tourists . You can find thousand species of beautiful looking butterfly at the park... also close by for u antiques lover... check out the shop they have located not far from the park itself
at the Forestry Museum, tranquil paths, bubbling creeks, and the beauty of nature are all on display . it's located in the middle of Teluk Bahang's recreation forest park. On display throughout the 247-acre park are exhibits on indigenous species of flora and fauna, as well as insects, lizards, and snakes.
Those who didnt know already the Penang Hill is a major tourist attraction here in Malaysia in the state of Penang. Located more than 2,700 feet above sea level (the top) it give ya a magnificent view of the city and the surrounding areas. To reach the top u can take a ride in the "cable car" for about 30minutes.
Penang Hill, the island highest point, is situated on the northern part of the island. During British time, it was sought by them as a cool retreat. It takes about ½ hour to get to the top of the hill and along the way, you'll pass through jungle vegetation. At the top of the hill you can find the first railway car ever to display there.
You can find a police station, post office, tea houses, restaurants, food stalls, souvenir shops, and colonial bungalows at the summit. As you stroll along the pathway leading downwards, you can find beautiful flowers lined up along the way. If you're adventurous enough, try trekking along the paths provided. Go eastward, and you'll come to a lovely Botanical Garden.
With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Lee opened this plantation in Pulau Bentong, serving the locals and foreigners the king of all fruits, Durian.
Mr. Lee put in a lot of effort in nursing its durian trees, and in return, his harvest had won him many certificates and awards from durian competitions organised by the state government.
On the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar (Month of August), Chinese folk belief has it that the gates of hell will open to release dead souls who are allowed to roam the streets of the living for one month. If you happen to be here during the festival, you can have a good cultural experience. The staged opera is usually near a temple and is free of charge for all audiences.
Another aspect of this celebration among the Chinese community everywhere, would be the stage operas and other musical performances, said to provide entertainment for these dead souls. Such is the grandeur of the occasion and regarded closely by many.
Kek Lok Si Temple, built on a hill in Air Itam began in the year 1890 and took more than two decades to complete.
This is the largest Buddhist Temple complex in Malaysia and one of the finest in South-East Asia. And since it's renovation last year, it's looking even better.
On the steps up to the temple, there are stalls selling all sorts of stuffs (T-shirts/dress/batik clothing/ornaments/toys). It's good fun.
If you happen to be around during the mooncake festival, you've got to try the mooncakes!!! They are really yummie. There will a lot of lanterns hanging everywhere during this festival as well.
The Mooncake Festival commemorates the overthrow of the Mongols, when the insurgent revolutionary leaders, by way of smuggling secret messages in mooncakes, called the people to revolt. The secret messages contained the time and date of the revolution because public meetings were forbidden. This led to the overthrow of the oppressive Mongol rulers and the liberation of the people*.
Thaipusam is celebrated annually, originating from the Hindu religion. But in Penang, Chinese take part in this festival as well. As you can see in the picture, devotees have piercings and carry kavadee to show gratitude to the gods for the fulfillment of the wishes or hopes they have prayed for the year before. This festival is colorful and lively with dancing in the streets.
we were overall very pleased with the hotel especially considering we found a package meaning rooms...more
We came for a short stay but extended due to the more than adequate accommodations, convenient...more
Batu Ferringhi Beach, Jalan Sungai Emas, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, 11100, Malaysia
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