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Penang Hill: new things to do, eat & hotel guide

Penang Hill is one of the most popular attractions of Penang located in Air Itam. Penang Hill is also known as Bukit Bendera in malay. If you are looking for a breathtaking view in Penang, this is the place you should be. Trust me, the cool vibes and nature make it worthwhile. To date, this one of the kind railway has transporting over 1 million visitors from around the globe to the peak of Penang Hill.


Penang Hill

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The hill stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area, it’s also the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 metres. They are a number of ways to get up to the Penang Hill, the most suggested way is to take the coach and the other way is scale the hill on foot.

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Look at the view, nice right! Fun fact here: the place is generally about five degrees cooler than George Town, Penang. With the temperature ranging from 20 to 25 degree Celsius, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind in Penang.

Related: 10 Reaons You Should Visit Penang

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In today’s travel guide, we are going to tell you more about Penang Hill’s restaurant, love lock and newly attraction Curtis Crest (tree top walk), food and hotel nearby. Thus, if you are travelling to Penang and it’s on your bucket list, this is the perfect travel guide for you.

How to get up to Penang Hill

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Good question! The most convenient way to get up to Penang Hill is by cliff railway. The journey usually takes around 5 to 10 minutes only. The train schedule of the funicular train is 6:30a.m. to 11:00p.m. daily, as effective 1st January 2015. In short, the last train for the top will be 11:00p.m.


So, how much is the funicular train’s ticket?

penang hill ticket price

The funicular ticket for Malaysian is RM10 and RM30 for tourists. Child who ages 4-6 years old, the ticket’s price is RM3.00 for Malaysian and RM5.00 for non-Malaysian. If you own a student card, Penang Hill’s ticket price is RM5.00 for school, college and university students. For more, please refer the table above.


The ticketing counter will be closed at 10:30p.m. daily. The ticketing price list’s last update was 7 April 2017.

In short, the funicular railway to the top is a good way to get to the top. Tips: Make sure you go early during public holiday and weekend to avoid long queues.

Penang Hill’s spectacular views

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Amazing view at the top of Penang Hill Malaysia. This shot was taken by @towzonglin, he took the first train up to Penang Hill and caught the sunrise.

Once you reach the top, there’s a viewing deck. It offers a magnificent panoramic view of George Town. The view is spectacular with a great view of Georgetown and of Butterworth across the Penang Strait. Another good point is one can you can take nice memorable picture there.

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You can also enjoy beautiful night view here.

Things to do at Penang Hill

Besides great view, there are also a lot of good activity you can do here. Without further ado, let’s jump into some of our recommendation of attraction at Bukit Bendera Penang.

#1 Curtis Crest – habitat

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Penang Hill Corporation announced Curtis Crest (tree top walk) will be opened to the public on 1st May 2017 in a Facebook post. It aims to promote environmental and conservation awareness amongst visitors through its nature trail, canopy walkways and zip lines. Let’s reconnect with nature at its best.

#2 Love Lock

penang hill love lock

It’s a perfect spot for couple where you can capture sweet and memorable picture with your loved one.

#3 Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan

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This is a must visit attraction when you visiting Penang Hill Malaysia. It’s one of the oldest hindu temple in Penang. So, bookmark it now!

#4 Viewing Deck

Indulge yourself with a magnificent view at the top of the hill. At the apex of the hill near to the train station the focus is on enhancing visitors experience, maximizing the stunning views and resolving space needs.

#5 Historical Buildings

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The most prestigious property on Penang Hill – Bel Retiro was built in 1789 for the governor of Penang. It is still remain within the exclusive use of the government. It’s located at the highest point, also called as the Government Hill.

Additionally, Penang Hill also has a lot of picturesque historical building to feed your camera or Instagram. In fact, there are 52 bungalows located on top of Penang Hill Malaysia. They feature a fusion of British colonial, Asian and modern architecture.

#6 Monkey Cup Garden

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The only Nepenthes Garden in Peninsular Malaysia located 750m above sea level at top of Penang Hill. Truth to be told, it has more than 100 varieties of pitcher plants in the garden. One can feel with the biodiversity in the century-old tropical greeneries of Penang Hill. For your information, the entrance fee is RM12 per person.

Read Penang Hill review at TripAdvisor.

Penang Hill Restaurant and Food

What to eat on top of the hill? Fret not, we got you covered!

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Firstly, there is a food court called as Cliff Cafe or Astaka Bukit Bendera selling local delights. The plus point is you can enjoy lots of local food there such as Penang laksa, pasembur, rojak, char koay teow and many more!

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You can also enjoy dining with a great view at David Brown’s Restaurant and Tea Terraces. It’s a English tea house that offers visit-worthy afternoon tea.

penang hill kopi hutan

Next eating spot highly recommended by Penang Foodie is Kopit Hutan. Kopi Hutan is the highest cafe in Penang.

Penang Hill Hotel

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Bellevue Hotel is the only hotel on Penang Hill. It’s a 12 rooms colonial type of hotel with simple, nice, neat and clean set up. From the terrace, you can get very nice views of George Town, particularly from afternoon to night.

Check out hotels near to this place. 

Penang Hill Malaysia

In today’s travel blog, we covered one of the popular tourist spots in Penang – Penang Hill. We hope you have a good peek regarding the things to do, how to get up there, food, and hotels about this Penang’s point of interests.

Last by not least, hope you enjoy your incoming trip to Penang. We looking forward to seeing your journey here, feel free to share with us your thoughts about this place in the comment section below.

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