A Day in Penang Hill? What Should I do?
Mountains and hills are undeniably could be the most treasured possessions of Malaysia, since the very beginning up until today, even though new development here and there throughout the years might have conceal the existence of these gems a little bit. In the middle of the speedy growth on big cities in this multiracial country, locals as well as tourists can enjoy the nature just as much as they are looking forward to, since most of the woods and mounts in Malaysia are being protected and preserved by the government so if you are currently thinking of a place where you can relish the Mother Nature instinct from your inner self, Malaysia is truly recommended for you.
There are many great floras and faunas landscape to discover here, with magnificent scenery and cool spot for taking pictures but to list them all is quite impossible as considering my huge love to these greatest creations on the world, I honestly can only imagine how lengthy this article would be later on so let us first stick to just one terminus, alright?
Route to Penang Hill
To start off, Penang Hill would be the first location that I am really eager to introduce to all. If you look at the map, it is situated in one of the busiest state in Malaysia, Penang. If the name does not ring you any bells, well maybe Georgetown; its capital city, which is known as the home to UNESCO World Heritage Site, will do the work for you. For the first – timer, you can actually choose from various transportation method which is either by plane, bus or train. The route is just simple, take a flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA/KLIA 2) to Penang International Airport (PEN), for those who wishes to travel on air path or take a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to Penang Sentral. The last option would be to hop on the KLIA Express (ERL) at KL Sentral to Penang Sentral.
Now that you guys are already updated on the means to reach Penang, it is now then golden moment to give everyone a taste of the great Penang Hill. To sound more like an insider, maybe you can consider calling this hill resort as Bukit Bendera.
History and Attractions
Ancient history would sure to take part in the process of naming this beautiful piece of land, just as this Strawberry Hill. The exact hill can be easily recognized by the visitors if they take a close look at the top of Penang Hill’s ridge which is previously the favorite retreat for expatriate during the British era, and was supposedly developed to become a strawberry farm under the command of Captain Francis Light, hence the name.
With a total of six peaks including the Strawberry Hill, the other five are Government Hill, Western Hill, Tiger Hill, Bukit Laksamana, and Flagstaff Hill. You can experience standing as tall as 833 meters from the sea level with only about a nice six kilometers of driving from the Georgetown city and for the ride up on the hills, witnessing the panoramic views of Penang, get ready to embark on a thrilling ride with Penang Hill Funicular Railway train, that operates from as early as 6.30 a. m which you can easily purchase at their online website, but my most recommended funicular train travel would be none other than their sunrise and sunset promotion, which is absolutely amazing!
And that is not all, because as a matter of fact, this railway track is the longest one in Asia and has the steepest tunnel path in the whole wide world! The most important activity that you should never miss out when visiting Penang Hill is of course, to take a moment or even hours of experiencing the panoramic spectacle of Georgetown capital on the Viewing Deck, which also stretches out to mountains of Langkawi and the seas of Kedah, taking your eyes on a tour beyond your expectation! Some of you might get worried as Malaysia’s weather is usually rather hot, but up here the temperature is 5 degrees lower so you and your children can take pleasure in your adventure on Penang Hill without concerning too much on the climate condition.
Searching for a sense of serenity and peacefulness? Enjoy the stunning view from the deck as late as 11 p. m, which is the last time you can get on the funicular train, in case playing tourist with a destination full with people is not your thing. Other than that, if you are wondering about places to search for food or even souvenirs, there are actually quite a selection of vendors and restaurants on Penang Hill and around the nearby areas. So, do enjoy a full day of meaningful trip to Penang Hill and don’t forget to upload pictures on your Instagram account, alright?
There you have it! You have now the idea of what to do for a day in Penang Hill. Penang Hill is a great place to visit especially on your holidays or vacations but it is always important to know what you can do at the location, along with the rules, and what to expect. Only then you can make a checklist on places to visit and things to do to fully enjoy your visit in Penang. Once all that is said and done, don’t forget to get travel insurance, AXA Smart Traveller is offering travel insurance from the price of only RM 13/trip, visit https://products.policystreet.com/axa/smarttraveller/overview for more information.