Penang Hill is one the most popular attractions on the island of Penang, Malaysia. The peak is reached by a funicular railway and it is a great place to escape the heat of the island.
The Penang Hill Railway terminus is in Air Itam, which is easily reached by a local bus from George Town, the main tourist district of Penang. The railway is very popular so when buying a ticket for the train you will be given a departure time. When it is busy you may have to wait 2-3 hours.
Rather than waiting around in the tramway terminal, spend your time by visiting the nearby Kek lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in malaysia. Being the biggest of something means there is also a big souvenier area and food market.
[Kek Lok Si Temple]
When your train is ready the funicular journey takes half an hour over two stages (4 MYR/ $1.10 USD Return).
[Penang Hill Railway]
The summit is over 800 metres above sea level and is noticeably cooler. Apart from the best views of the Island of Penang there is also a bird sanctuary, a canopy walk, food stalls and an Indian Temple and Mosque.
[Penang Hill view]
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