Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. It is located within the Air Itam suburb, 6 km west of the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera (Flagstaff Hill) in Malay is Penang’s only hill resort. It was first discovered by Francis Light, Penang’s founder, who commisioned the area to be cleared to grow strawberries. Today, Penang Hill is frequented by locals and tourists alike seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of George Town. No trip to Penang is complete without a visit to Penang Hill which is widely considered as one of Penang’s popular tourist spots. Penang Hill is also the best place on the island to catch panoramic views of the island, making it a place worthy of a visit during your stay at Penang.
Things to Do at Penang Hill
There a bunch of things to do and see at Penang Hill. For starters, the newly opened The Habitat offers visitors a unique experience and a bunch of activities to immerse themselves in. Noteworthy attractions at The Habitat include the Nature Trail, Tree Top Walk, and the Canopy Walk. The attractions at The Habitat are designed to reconnect you with mother nature as you take in the sights and sounds of the forest. Be transported into a magical kingdom of natural beauty with The Habitat and experience what it’s like to be in a Malaysian rainforest.
David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace
David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea offers patrons to dine with the backdrop of the beautiful Penang island. This quintessential British colonial Restaurant and Tea Terrace is Penang’s highest restaurant offering breathtaking views of the island. David Brown’s is the ideal location for romantic dinner dates or simply spending time with your loved ones.
Love Lock Bridge
If the famous Love Bridge in France is out of your budget then the one at Penang has got you covered. Similar to the bridge in France, The Love Lock bridge at Penang offers lovers an opportunity to immortalize their love by writing their names on padlocks and locking it onto the bridge.
Monkey Cup Garden
Monkey Cup Garden takes pride in having over 100 varieties of fauna in their gardens. Experience the biodiversity of a virgin jungle reserve and take in the sights and sounds of wildlife such as flying lemurs, squirrels, birds, and monkeys. The passion for nature among Monkey Cup’s staff is highly contagious, so rest assured you too will be thoroughly immersed in the century-old tropical greeneries of Penang Hill.
How to Get to There
Penang Hill is accessible via the funicular train system which operates at its base in Air Itam. The Swiss-designed funicular is the only of its kind in Malaysia, transporting passengers to and from Penang Hill. Below are the operating hours and ticket rates of the Penang Hill Funicular train.
Daily train operating hour – 6.30am – 11.00pm (Last train from top station)
Daily ticketing counter operating hour – 6.30am – 10.30pm
Ticket rates for MyKad/MyKid/MM2H/i-Kad holders *two-way ticket:
Children (4-12 years old): RM 5, Fast Lane: RM20
Adult RM10, Fast Lane: RM40
Senior Citizens: RM5
Ticket rates for Non-MyKad/MyKid/MM2H/i-Kad holders *two-way ticket:
Children (4-12 years old): RM 15, Fast Lane: RM40
Adult RM30, Fast Lane: RM80
Senior Citizens: RM30, Fast Lane: Rm60
Tickets are purchasable via the Penang Hill website or through the Penang Hill Station at Air Itam.