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Penang Hill

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Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
+60 4-828 8880
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Penang Hill is the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, dated late 1700’s. The highest peak of Penang Hill stand at 833 metres (2,732ft) above sea level. Penang Hill funicular train service started on October 1923 The current funicular trains is the 4th generation system which started its operation on 24th April 2011. The funicular track stretches a distance of 1,996 metres (1.99KM) from lower to Upper Station which is the longest in Asia. Penang Hill funicular tunnel, at 79 metres (258ft) long and 10feet (3.0m) wide with a steepness of 27.9degree, is the steepest tunnel track in the world. There are a total of 52 hill bungalows located on Penang Hill (42 of them are private-owned and 10 bungalows are state-owned). Most of them are more than 100 years old and Bel Retiro (Governors Bungalows) built in1789 is the oldest. Number of visitor to Penang Hill in 2016 exceed 1.6million.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
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"train ride"
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"cable car"
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"fast lane"
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"nice view"
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"bukit bendera"
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"monkey cup"
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"hindu temple"
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"night view"
in 63 reviews
"long queue"
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"food court"
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"walk up"
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"worth the trip"
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"fresh air"
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"botanical gardens"
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Reviewed today

Get the timing right and avoid cloud cover for fantastic views across Penang. You can see for miles in all directions.

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Reviewed today via mobile

I came to Penang Hill on the 204 rapid Penang Bus from Komtar tower (price 2.70 each way). When I arrived at Penang Hill I queued to buy a ticket and then queued for about an hour to catch the funicular train up the hill....More

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Reviewed today

A great place to visit when in Penang - nice air, flora and fauna and nice scenic views. Great to just sit and enjoy. However, it is very touristy. Lots of cheap tacky tourist things to buy, and people harassing you to take photos and...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We went to Penang Hill on the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus, and found it interesting. The food court at the top has some pushy sellers and food prices that are high for the standard fare, but the highlight for us was taking the time to do...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Niceplace, peaceful, totally different experience from Kuala Lumpur. Beautiful Hindu and baudh tample

Thank HARSH K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It used to be a quaint hill station where one could relax and enjoy the view, but due to bad management it has lost most of its charm. The authorities have taken advantage of the inability of the railway to cope with the amount of...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you have never been to Penang Hill, you should. Go up via railway and enjoy the scenery and cooling fresh air. You may walk around, check out the flora and fauna, have some tea and dessert. If you want more than that, you need...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had fantastic view from the hill top. Amazing train up to the mountain. All in all was a great experience over looking the city. This place shouldn’t be miss when you’re in Penang.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Huge queues of rude tourists trying to get to the same place thinking if they push in they will get up to the view before anyone (a bit silly when everyone has to take the same trip up) However, once up there the view is...More

Thank Paul J
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Penang Hill is well maintained with clean and safe car cabins going up and down the hill. Would recommend to explore at the nature and trekkings at the top, wear sport shoes and attire - if you want to fully experience what Penang Hill has...More

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Angela S
21 March 2018|
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Response from David L |
If you want to be wowed, catch the 6:30am first train and catch the sunrise at the Lookout Point. Take the Nature Walk tour or visit the HABITAT and end it with a cup of coffee at the Monkeycup Cafe. The desserts at the... More
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LinaSolo75
8 March 2018|
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Response from Mike L | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lina. Yes, I think it should be. It wouldn’t be easy but the furnicular is accessible. The walkways are all accessible I.e. no stairs. Best to contact the people at inquiries@penanghill.gov.my for confirmation. Hope this... More
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Shivika_M24
4 February 2018|
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Response from Joseph D | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of things you can do. Assuming it's just half a day, you can explore Georgetown. Head to the Rapid Penang bus terminal and take CAT bus. It's a free hop on hop off service. If you have more time, head... More
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