The overall atmosphere of Penang is hot and humid but there is one really cool place that you can visit and it is called Penang Hill. Local call it “Bukit Bendara” and this is one of the only places that are considered cool to visit in Penang. The altitude of Penang Hill is about 833m and that is the main reason why it is the best attraction place in Penang for foreigners and also for local people as well.
The city life is quite stress full and the George Town below the hill is one of the most populated places in Penang too. The normal temperature in Penang is from 30-40 degree Celsius which can even reach to 50 degrees during hot summer days. However at the top of the hill, the temperature remains from 20-25 degree Celsius only which makes it the coolest place on this island.
For the first time, Penang Hill was discovered by Sir Francis Light in 1788. However the construction started in 19th century so people could easily go to the top of hill. The railway track that leads towards Penang Hill cost around $1.5 Million. On the brighter side, it has become really easy for anyone to visit Penang Hill now.
At Penang Private Tour, we offer our customers the facility to visit Penang Hill under the guidance of our staff. If you are a stranger, the chances of you getting lost in the way are high but if you are with our guidance staff, they will take care of you and help you find your way around the hill. If you are an adventurous person, you can choose to climb the hill on feet. It will take a lot of time and effort but you will be able to enjoy the scenery and forest atmosphere of the hill very closely. A train service is also available to get the tourists at the top of the hill and bring them down which makes the process effortless and time efficient.
After every 20-25 minutes, Funicular train leaves to take passengers at the top of the hill. The train has the capacity to carry 80 passengers at a time. Just behind the ticketing counter of train, there is a gallery which you can visit. In this gallery, you can see the old history pieces of Penang Hill in the form of antique items and photos.
One of the most popular activities at Penang Hill is Jungle Trekking. Every day, so many people try to climb the hill by trekking. Some succeed and some fail in the attempt but since authorities have made special arrangements, you are always in safe hands.
There are many things that you can do at Penang Hill. You can visit a bird sanctuary that is located at Bellevue Hotel and it will be a refreshing experience for you. There is a suspension bridge hanging over the tree tops and walking over is called Canopy Walk which is pretty exciting experience.
Operation Hour: Daily 6.30am – 11.00pm
Ticket Price: Rm30 (foreigner) | Rm10 (Mycard) | Rm4 (Senior Citizen)