PENANG HILL - Bukit Bendara
During the colonial times, Penang Hill
used to be retreat resort for the European administrators
escape from the bustle and heat of Georgetown.
Penang hill, also known as 'Bukit Bendera' in local Malay language,
is located about 830 metres above sea level, a favourite tourist
spot where you can capture clear panoramic view of the city. A
funicular train can get you to the hill top, surrounded by lush
greenery all the way up. The train station is located in Air
Itam region, 15 minutes drive away from Georgetown.
The funicular train cabin is fully air-conditioned with comfortable seat and
back rest made of wood, The train ride from the base station to the
hilltop takes about 15 minutes, smooth and relaxing. Along the way,
the train stops at designated stations to drop off passengers,
usually the local hillside residents. Majority of them are vegetable
As the slopes of Penang Hill is gradual, a jeep track for 4x4 wheel
drive vehicles had been constructed as an alternative route for
tourist who wish to go up the hill in private groups and with more
flexible arrangements. The jeep track is located at the
Botanical Garden within the city regions. And while in the
Botanical Gardens, you can also take a walking tour in a landscaped
environment of green tropical plants and flowers.
Upon arriving at the hill summit, you will get the feel of cool
breeze and breathing of unpolluted fresh air. Moving around the hill
you can view colonial villas, beautiful flower gardens and a mini
bird park. There are bungalows, guest houses and a hotel where you
can stay for a rejuvenating vacation.
Local trackers very frequently organise hiking groups to hike up the
hill instead of taking the train. There are 3 hiking trails, but the
more preferred trail starts off from "MOONGATE' which is located in
Botanical Garden, about 10 minutes to drive from Georgetown.
It takes about 3 hours to reach the hill top, depending on your
stamina. Such hiking activity is frequently organised by school
societies and youth groups. The alternative hiking
track starts from
Penang Municipal Park, which is also near the
Travel Tips: Getting Around
'Rapid Penang' bus (No.U204) goes from Weld Quay ferry terminal to
Penang Hill station in
Air Itam district, after passing through various stops
on the way from Georgetown city area.
Accommodation : Bellevue Penang Hill Hotel ; Tel :
04-604-4006; Rates : RM150 - RM220++
Food : David Brown's Restaurant, serves fine British cooking and a
selection of Penang Special Cuisine in a beautiful cool
garden, facing the panoramic view of the island below.
Funicular Train Schedule :
6.30am - 9.00 pm
Enquiry Call : 6 04-828 3263
Children ( Age 3 - 12 Years )
Senior Citizen & Students