Located at Air Itam, Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera is a mountain retreat and one of the most popular places to visit in Penang. Covered in lush tropical forest, the surroundings of Penang Hill truly bring you peace of mind and is a great place to get away from the city.
The most fascinating way to go up and down Penang hill is by using the funicular train. A fairly fast mode of transport, the rail track cuts through the forest as it goes up and takes you to the top of the hill in 5 to 10 minutes. If you are feeling adventurous try to grab the seats in the bottom-most cabins while going up, and the topmost cabins while going downhill. You will get to see the city emerge before you as you climb uphill in the train, and the experience downhill can give an almost roller coaster-like thrill.
Board the train at the base station called Air Itam, and take in the views of the surrounding valleys as you go up. Once at the top, breathe in crisp, cold air while sipping on some fresh juices or grabbing a bite at the restaurants on top of the hill. With a Skywalk and a few walking trails, the hilltop of Penang Hill is a place you can practise your photography skills or simply take a stroll among the woods. You can spend time walking around the temples and gardens or use the toy train service to go around the area.
Create a personalised Penang itinerary with Locaguide and talk to your designated travel guide about including a trip to Penang Hill at a suitable time of the day. But whatever the time of the day, during your city tour of Penang, do make it to the top of Penang hill with this funicular train ride. This is one of the few experiences where the journey is as beautiful as the destination!