Penang Hill

Penang Hill is a popular retreat for those who wish to escape the city’s humidity and seek sanctuary in the cooler climes of Penang’s very own hill station.

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Penang Hill offers great views of the city but in the afternoon the humidity meant that the views were foggy.

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There are two options to get to the top. Ambitious walkers can follow the jungle trail, which starts in the Botanic gardens (Waterfall Road). Alternatively, you can travel via the refurbished funicular railway, which can now transfer you from the Base to the Summit Station in as little as five minutes to about 740 metres above sea level. Originally built in 1924, the tracks and rolling stock were completely replaced in 2011. The modern, hi-tech train lacks some of the character of the traditional red-and-white carriages, but the ride to the top, which cuts an astonishingly steep path through the surrounding jungle, is good fun all the same.

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