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“Great view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Penang Hill

Penang Hill
Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, George Town, Penang Island 10350, Malaysia
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Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
Ranked #14 of 41 Attractions in George Town
Type: Mountains, Scenic Railroads, Outdoors
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: This 2,750 foot hill has a funicular railway that can take you to the top.
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“Great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Even in the pouring rain this was an excellent attraction. Go later in the afternoon so you see both daylight view and the night time twinkles.

Visited September 2013
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“Fantastic afternoon. Well worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Excellent afternoon spent at Penang hill. We caught the bus from Penang town centre straight there and enjoyed the stunning view of the island and surrounding coast.

The hill train costs only a few British pounds and took approximately 4 minutes to make the journey. We got food from one of the many food stalls there which was very reasonably priced and got a beer. Fantastic afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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“Penang Hill and Botanical Garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

In order to get to Penang Hill, it is convenient to start at the Botanical Garden. One can catch a bus from Georgetown or a taxi. I have actually walked there from Pulau Tikus and it took probably 30 minutes. Right before you enter the Garden, you can visit a Hindu temple. The area near garden entrance is populated by Indian people and, if you are lucky, it is possible to view a traditional celebration with colorful processions, music and food. The garden is a large place where you can walk for a long time enjoying trees, flowers, water streams. Road leading to the top of Penang Hill can be negotiated on foot. It takes about 2-3 hours and on a hot, muggy day it demands a reasonable fitness. On a way one accounts monkeys, birds, wonderful trees and nice views. At the top, there is a nice hotel with a small garden of exotic flowers, places to eat, hindu and muslim temples, places to walk and rest. Network of roads leads to other entries to the hill. It is possible to get a ride in a shuttle going up and down the hill. Information about this service can be found on the WEB, or at the bottom of hill, in the botanical garden.

Visited January 2013
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“A must go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

There's really nothing at the top of the hill but AWESOME view of penang island. The ride up to the hill cost RM30 (up and return) and it was really worthy. I would definately recommend visitors to go up there and enjoy the incredible view from penang hill.

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“thrilling ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I definitely chose the tail seat, that's when the train climbs up the hill... quite tensing. You should choose the same seat when you go down the hill :D
On top of the hill you could view the city of Penang.
Great maintenance of the train and the hill environment.

Visited October 2012
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