At the top of the hill, you'll find a tea kiosk, restaurants, souvenir stalls, a mosque, Hindu temple, and the old Bellevue hotel. The summit
offers a magnificent panoramic view of Georgetown, the mainland and Penang Bridge.
Penang Hill also has a 32 pounder cannon. It can reach the target range of 1,000 feet. This cannon was probably transported from town to hill as an ornament or to warn the presence of pirates.
The top of the Hill offers fantastic views of the island and mainland, lush greenery, quaint colonial style
architecture and cooler temperatures. There are a number of eateries on the Hill and David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones.
There are plenty of trails to explore at a leisurely pace, including four bypass trails.
The best time to visit Penang Hill is early morning, around nine o'clock. Later on there will be more visitors and you have to queue up, before you can get on the train.
Taking the funicular isnít the only way up the Hill, there is a jeep service which leaves from the Botanical Gardens and takes approximately 20 minutes. For the more adventurous there are also a number of jungle trails up the Hill.
Once on the top of the hill there is buggy service of 20 min is available to take a tour around the hill at a cost of RM 30.
A new attraction on Penang Hill is the Penangís Owl Museum, which is South-East Asia's first museum dedicated to owl-themed art and craft. It boosts a fascinating collection of over 1,000 exotic and unique arts and craft artefacts collected from 20 countries including Japan, South Korea, Uruguay, China, Vietnam, Thailand, England, Indonesia and France.
Maybe you want to walk down the hill? Well, that's possible!
Buy a small bottle of water at one of those little restaurant at the station. You follow the road over the top, which going down. The road has two white lines at each side of the road. That's the right road. This road
lis going down (and fast) and leads you to the Botanical Garden. It's an asphalt road and is 5,1 km. You can see that on the signs beside the road. Don't worry about the traffic, because this road may only be used by the people, who live on Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill).
Sometimes you'll see a motorbike or a jeep. There are several places, where you
can have a seat. In the weekend some Malaysians like to walk to
the top, which takes about 5 hours. We'd like to walk down, which takes about 1Ĺ hour. Exactly halfway there's tea house. Here you can have a nice cup of tea.
When you see the barriers, then you're at the Botanical Garden.
That's the end. There are several restaurants, where you can have a drink. On your left side is the entrance of the Botanical Garden and some taxi's are waiting to bring you to town. There's also a bus stop. It's up to you, what to do.
Enjoying the view, while you're walking from
the top of Penang Hill
to the Botanical Garden