Penang Hill

Penang Hill
Zoom up this hill in a modern funicular car to visit historic sites and enjoy panoramic views of George Town far below.

Towering high above bustling George Town on Penang Island is Penang Hill. Come here for cool sea breezes and amazing views. You’ll also get to see the remaining rainforest on Penang Island.

Penang Hill is an area that also includes Flagstaff Hill (or “Bukit Bendera”), Government Hill, Tiger Hill, Bukit Laksamana and nearby Western Hill, the tallest peak of all. The connecting ridge at the top is known as Strawberry Hill, although the planned strawberry fields never eventuated because the thick vegetation proved to hard to tame. Some trees on the hill station are over 100 feet (30 meters) high.

Don’t miss Bel Retiro, a bungalow from 1789 that proudly sits on Government Hill. The still operational Bellevue Hotel at the top is another local icon and so is the Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, an ornate Hindu temple.

Treat yourself to a Penang laksa in the foodcourt of the Cliff Café or to a high tea on the al fresco terrace of the hilltop restaurant. If you are on a budget, simply bring a picnic and have lunch among the pitcher plants in the Monkey Cup Garden.

From the lookout you can see Langkawi’s emerald mountains on a clear day. If you come here at night you’ll be treated to mesmerizing views of the thousands of lights in the valley below, outlining the shape of George Town.

A ride on the Penang Hill Funicular Railway is the highlight of any visit to Penang Hill. It is one of Asia’s steepest and longest funicular tracks. Its antique, wooden cars have gradually been replaced by faster, motorized wagons of Swiss design. Leaving from the base station at Air Itam, you will reach the top of Penang Hill in under 5 minutes.

The first funicular train from 1897 is on display at the upper station. You could spend all day here because the first ride up is early enough to catch the sunrise and the last ride down is late in the evening.

You can also hike the nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the top if you follow the trail up from the quarry at Penang’s Botanical Gardens. Bring enough bottled water and sun protection.

Top 10 Hotels Near Penang Hill

DeView Hotel Penang
DeView Hotel Penang
3.5 out of 5
18 Jalan Pasar, George Town, Pulau Pinang, 11500
The price is RM189 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
RM189
per night
7 Dec - 8 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in George Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
A surprise stay with plenty of local food choices
"I was asked to pay for extra for early check in. I understand they have check in time at 3pm, but as a guest to feel the unwelcome rejection to the face was not a pleasant experience to have. I was arrived at the property past 12 noon, and i was rejected to check in my room on my face unless I pay ..."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

DeView Hotel Penang
JEN Penang Georgetown by Shangri-La
JEN Penang Georgetown by Shangri-La
4 out of 5
Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300
The price is RM340 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan
RM340
per night
1 Jan - 2 Jan
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in George Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
Nice Stay
"Clean Room and Courtesy Staffs"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2022

JEN Penang Georgetown by Shangri-La
G Hotel Kelawai
G Hotel Kelawai
5 out of 5
2 Persiaran Maktab, George Town, Penang, 10250
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM488 per night from 22 Dec to 23 Dec
RM488
per night
22 Dec - 23 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in George Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the property condition ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (917 reviews)
"prefer location"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2022

G Hotel Kelawai
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4 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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