Penang Hill, George Town

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Visit Penang Hill, a historical resort offering a wealth of attractions. Elevated above the tropical temperatures of George Town, for centuries the area has provided escape and relaxation away from the city heat. Displaying colonial-era architecture alongside atmospheric temples, modern shops, hotels, and entertainment, the hill draws both international and local day-trippers. Take the funicular railway up to the top or explore the hill on one of the many scenic walking routes, spotting a range of endemic plant species and wildlife as you go. To visit Penang Hill on your trip to George Town, use our George Town trip itinerary builder .
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  • From komtar bus terminal take the 204 bus terminal? In it. (Fares RM2) purchased round trip standard ticket (RM30), to the cable car. Waited for about 20 minutes to ride the cable car may be due to the time. Ride on, and reached the top in about 15 minutes. Views from the Summit Georgetown, it was quite good. Various activities, such as hiking trails, facilities and tight turns and it takes time.
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  • Such an Amazing place Penang hill is... the view is absolutely stunning... although pretty much a tourist attraction. They have some of the best Cendol up there and possibly the best view in the Entir...  more »
  • So, before going to visit the Penang Hill make sure that the weather is nice. If there is fog or high humidity take a trip in vain. I went early in the morning at around 8.30 and didn't find the queue but already when I got about an hour after he was already forming. The funicular ticket costs 30 RIM round trip. Early in the morning will prevent the tail but the Sun is right in front so no pictures. I tried to come back in the afternoon but the queue was frightening. On top is an amusement park. There is also a Hindu trmpio in restoration and a small mosque. If you are interested, this is an engineering masterpiece funiculars and is very fast.
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  • One of the best views in Penang. A must visit for all tourists who come to Penang Island. To get here, take the 204 bus from Georgetown, you can catch it in front of Chowrasta Market stop. Will take about 30-40 minutes to get here. From the bottom of Penang Hill, take the funicular train up, and enjoy the journey. Penang Hill is the highest spot in the island and a visitor can see almost all of Georgetown as well as the Penang Bridge from the top of the hill. Amazing sight.
  • First things first, the funicular train ride is to the top of Penang hill is an unique experience one absolutely must not miss out on. Of course, the view from the top is phenomenal and Penang hill is easily the best vantage point to observe Penang in all its glory. The abundance of food options as well as availability public amenities such as washrooms make Penang hill ideal for a picnic or a day trip.
  • Most people take the cable tram up to the mountain top but what if you can skip the crowd and hike up instead? C’mon, you can do it. It’s 4.5 miles and 2400’ climb from the Moongate. The trail is well marked and took us just over 2 hours. Amazing views of the city, wildlife along the way and you won’t be alone. Saw a surprising number of adventurous souls and hiking clubs using the trail. Very fulfilling adventure.
  • Great views atop the hill, vast area. Fun ride uphill tram and golf carts available on hire to roam around the hills and estates. Nearby eateries setup too.
  • Enjoyed the tram ride up plus the nice view of the city from the top but do not fully enjoy the experience up at the top. The commercial street vendor are absolutely disruptive of the scenic and serene atmosphere. Some have the audacity to completely block 80% of path peddling their goods
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