The Sky Walk Tower is located at your right after about 50 meters when you come out from the tram.
It was officially opened by Penang Chief Minister, Honorable Mr. Lim Guan Eng in February 2015. It is a round platform to view Penang Bridge and the tram track. After reaching there and finish the viewing, you can take the lift to lower ground to continue the explore.
We are unlucky to meet a rainy day on Penang Hill. On the viewing deck, we can see the thunder storm is coming.
Penang Hill is an under-rated tourist site in Penang. Most tourist will normally take a 1.5-3 hours rush-rush tour to Penang Hill, sometime through massive crowd and this is not doing justice to this magnificent tourist site. Here I like to share on the places I visited during 1 full day (8am - 9pm) excursion to Penang Hill:
0. Planning, planning, planning - go on an off-season day (if possible avoid weekend, local school holidays or public holidays). Do it yourself or hire a professional licensed guide.
1. Went early, 8 am was the best. Took a photo or two at the foothill while waiting to buy ticket.
2. Took a refreshing 8-10 minutes one way funicular train trip* up the hill to a 4 to 5 degree cooler climate. Train moved too fast to see outside.
3. Visited the viewing platform for a breath-taking view of Georgetown, Penang Bridge and Butterworth, largest city on Penang mainland.
4. Walked up the trail to Penang Hill Central Square. Spotted a scuttling squirrel and a group of dusky leaf monkeys along the way.
5. Snapped a picture or two with "Monkey cup" at Central Square and visited the Monkey Cup Garden* to understand how it got its name.
6. Took pictures* together with python. There were parrot or bearded dragon too.
7. Bought a lock to lock my love at Love Lock Penang Hill.
8. Enjoyed some Chendol or Ais Kacang (Malaysian desserts) and Kacang Putih (nuts) on top of the hill
9. Spend some time at Owl Museum* and to learn about everything on owls. Hoot hoot.
10. Tired legs - no issue, do in-situ foot massage* and did some Henna art* for fun.
11. Had lunch at David Brown's Restaurant, a British colonial Restaurant which also happens to be the highest restaurant in Penang. Continental English fare like Chicken chop or Lamb chop or simply fish and chips were all superb here.
12. Visited the Habitat* - a nature trail on top of the hill. Stroll on Tree-Top Walk and Canopy Walk to look for flora and fauna of Penang Hill. It may takes up to 2 hours to walk the entire garden!
13. Visited Aviary Ginger Garden* and learnt about the birds and ginger plants.
14. Visited the oldest and only hotel in Penang Hill - The Bellevue. Too bad it was off limit for non-customer.
15. Took a 30 minutes buggy ride* to see the other Penang Hill heritage bungalows via concrete trails.
16. Took an English tea break at David Brown's Tea Terraces.
17. Took a picture with "You've never been to Penang unless you've been to Penang Hill" signboard.
18. Paid homage to a 32 pound cannon overlooking the sea off Georgetown.
19. Toured an India Temple built in 1800 and snapped pictures of the colorful and ornate detailed gopurams and vimana
20. Visited the Malay mosque with its huge and magnificent golden dome and minarets.
21. Visited the Bel Retiro, the first and historical heritage bungalow built in 1789 for the Governor of Penang.
22. Posted a postcard to loved one at home at the Penang Hill Post Office
23. Checked out where location of the Flagpole (Penang Hill was also known as Flagpole Hill in Malay and Chinese).
24. Went back to Bellevue Hotel for a spectacular night view of Georgetown while having a sumptuous steam boat dinner. Yummy. The hotel is open for visitors to stay the night.
25. Took the train down hill to Penang warmth.
Note: * Fee required
Forgot to bring your camera, do not worry ! The Penang Hill crew has do the same to grab the opportunity to help you.
While you are in the queue, they set up the photo corner for all who pass thru, the visitors will not force to have taken the photo but the photographer invited group to take the photo.
The curtain is green for the ease of editing.
When we come out form the downhill tram, have a look at the sovenir picture with beautiful island backgroud. It is RM40 a piece with the paper stand.
There's a cable car to take you up Penang hill. I went on the first dry Saturday in a few weeks, after a very wet week, during the school holiday, just after Christmas, at about 11am. I therefore ended up queuing for nearly 2 hours (and 30 mins on the way back). Was it worth it? Probably not quite. I did enjoy the views, the temples and some of the odd sights at the top, plus the cable car rides themselves are good fun. So my strong advice is get there early to avoid the queue, and it'll be worth it.
It costs RM30 for a return trip (RM10 for Malaysians, less for concessions).
At the top are mosques and temples, a restaurant, a Paris-esque love lock bridge (with a canny entrepreneur beside, selling locks), an owl museum (apparently owlsome - now been, and it is terrible. See Owl Museum ) and some guys ready to sell you tat and photograph you with drugged animals. There is also now a 'Sky Bridge', which allows you to walk out about 30 feet further than you could before to a platform with very marginally better views.
Penang Hill is located in Air Itam which is 6 kilometres from city of Georgetown.The hill stands out prominently from the lowland as a hilly and forested area,That's why we are hot up there.
Adult RM 30.00
Senior RM 30.00
Child ( Aged 4 -12 years ) RM 15.00
School/College/University Student RM 15.00
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.
This is a definate 'must see' when visiting Penang.
The ride up the hill in the train was a bit scary because it travels up at about 90 degrees but once up the top, the views are stunning!
Hubby and I had a wander around, I got asked by some nice young Asian ladies for my pic with them which was nice :o) and then we sat down at the bar overlooking Penang and the mainland for a chilled Tiger and a play with our cameras. Check out my pix.
Penang hill is also called Bukit Bendera mean Flagstaff Hill in Malay. Historically, this hill was discovered by Francis Light during his horse track in around 1788. He plotted the hill and started to build bungalows for private use of the British Colonials during 19th Century. The British colonials were liking the hill due to the cooler temperature comparing to the lowland. The former sheriff of Penang, William Halliburton, was staying in a bungalow, Bellevue, now called The Penang Hill Hotel.
Today, Penang Hill is one of the famous attractions in Penang with stunning views of the city on a clear day. When I reached the top, I could feel the cooler temperature with misty air. I enjoyed the green trees and birds on the hill. Then, I visited an Indian Temple ( Thirumurugan Temple) , and ginger garden. Penang Hill Hotel is further up the hill and great place to have high tea with great views.
If you are a natural lover , there are several nature trails for you to discover more plants, trees, birds, and wildlife.
It is located 6KM north of the City. Take bus 204 from Jetty Raja Tun Uda Bus Station, catch a Penang Hill Railway to the top.
After My first visit to Penang Hill, the service was suspended for sometimes to install new funicular train with air-conditioned and can ferry up to 100 passengers and is capable of making a one-way trip within five minutes without a change of train.
The previous 87-year-old system, passengers had to change trains at the middle station for a 30-minute one-way trip. Hmmm...I would still preferred the old train where you have time to see the beautiful surrounding on the way up and down Penang Hill. Its just my opinion.
Thanks to Suhardy for the Penang Hill pictures.
Cable Car’s Fare :-
Weekday: 6.30a.m – 8.00p.m (last train from top station)
Weekend: 6.30a.m – 10.00p.m (last train from top station)
Adult RM 8 per adult
Children RM 4 (age 7-12) per child
Senior Citizen RM 4 per person
Montly Pass RM 24 (for resident on the hill)
Disabled Person Free (with OKU card)
For Foreign Tourists
Adult RM 30 per adult
Children RM 15 (age 7-12) per child
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..
Penang Hill lies about 5km west of the George Towns city centre and makes for a fun afternoon outing especially when combined with a trip to the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. Running up the 821-metre high hill is a funicular railway which was built by the British between 1906 and 1923 at a cost of 1.5 million Straits Dollars, so that the British officers could journey up the hill for convalescence or simply to relax and enjoy the cooler air.
Penang Hill is the oldest hill station in Malaysia when Captain Francis Light was the first to plot a horse track up way back in 1788. During the colonial days, there was a form of segregation among the races. The most prestigious property was Bel Retiro, built in the 1800s as a resort for high government officials and visiting dignitaries. It was known as Flagstaff Hill by the British, because this was where the British flag used to be raised to signal that mail has come. Today, it's home to a colourful Hindu Temple, mosque, colonial buildings, and a hotel.
Bel Retiro is a government bungalow on Penang Hill that was built in 1789 for the governor of Penang, and remains within the exclusive use of the government. It is the most prestigious property on Penang Hill, built as a resort for high government officials and visiting dignitaries. It was the favourite retreat of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agung and Tunku Abdul Rahman whenever they visited Penang. Senior government officers built their bungalows close to Bel Retiro, on the principle of closeness is next to greatness. Although the bungalow itself is out-of-bounds to the general public, one can hike up to its gate, a beautiful brick structure with an arched entranceway.