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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  • The ride to to top on the fenicular is surprisingly fast...and the angle that it runs at is scarily steep, especially if your are standing up, facing backwards on the way up! But the view from the top...  more »
  • While it was nice to take the funicular up the mountain and look at island from up high... the roads and trails around the mountain are in disrepair. We attempted the longer circular hiking trail (lis...  more »
  • The view form the top is certainly something not to miss - The area to explore is quite large and you would probably need a full day just exploring if you wanted to see everything  more »
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  • A great spot to visit in Penang. It's a great vantage point. You can see many parts of the island. You can't ride scooters up the hill, however. You can asked to be driven to the top (for a fee), or walk up. It's quite steep, so this is only recommended for fit people. Its about a 3 hour round trip if walking. There are cars parked at the bottom of the hill offering lifts. The fee was about 50 ringit per car, from memory. This was also a hot spot for monkeys. We saw many of them climbing around in trees on the hill. It was very enjoyable!
  • One of the must-see attractions of Penang. Try to avoid weekends as there is horrible queue for the train. Take the fast track if you can afford it. It seems expensive but well worth the time you can save by avoiding the long queues.
  • Wonderful place, must go, amazing view from top of the city, love to go and spend time on top of it
  • It was an amazing experience. It started with the funicular train which almost felt like a roller coaster. I was awestruck. The ticket is 30RM for foreigners for normal lane. The next, from the skywalk and the viewing deck it was a very beautiful view of the entire George town. There are a lot activities to do at the Hill, including an artist who draws caricature portrait for 20RM (B/W) and 30RM (Color), a camera and a owl museum, a lovelock bridge, and the various trails on the Hill, with one amongst them leading directly to the botanical gardens. That would be one long walk, unless you wanna hire a buggy or jeep to help you travel around.
  • Just wasted time and money because there is nothing at the top of the hill and what is there is for money again and it's pretty overpriced. Restaurants there are also very poor and dirty. Just don't bother yourself to get there and if you travelling there by bus 204 from George Town get off from the bus one stop earlier at Kek Lok Si temple, this place is worth to visit and view at Georg town is almost as same as from Penang hill, there is similar train inside the temple to huge statue above it and everything is much more cheaper there.

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