Was excited about visit to Penang Hill and for sure up top the view is lovely more than lovely it's pretty spectacular really although that's about as good as it gets.
We followed the suggested walking routes (many closed as walkways were under construction at the time of our visit) The nature is nice (particularly the different ferns and palms) but ruined slightly by the litter.
If you visit I'd suggest grabbing something to eat before you make your way up or bring a picnic (at least with the picnic you could sit on one of the benches and admire the view) the food court was a little dingy. (Might be an idea to jump off the bus or out of your taxi at the Kek Lok Si temple first which is worth a look and there are plenty of stalls to eat at there then head on to the hill.)
Randomly there is an owl museum on the hill...didn't pay to visit, not particularly caring for owls or the collection of ornamental owls that this venue claims to house! (but if you like owls it might be worth a look!)
With the map you receive before boarding the train to get up the hill there is a checklist of things to spot on the hill. One of the items being "the oldest postbox on Penang Hill" (closer inspection...it was made 100 years ago but only winged its way to the hill from London in 2005, it did give us a laugh if anything!)
Wouldn't be going crazy over the train journey, although we visited on a week day late afternoon it was really too crowded (still not bursting full) for you to see out the windows although I suppose that makes the view from the top a nice surprise.
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