Penang hill railway was built in 1923, offering sightseers a chance to get some great views over Penang from 2750ft above ground level. The 2007 metre-long railway was built in 1901 but went through a revamp in 2010 to turn it into an electric system.
With the colonial hill station’s temperature rarely rising above 21◦C, it offers visitors a brief break from the island’s warm weather. Located in Air Itam, Penang Hill used to be called Flagstaff Hill when the British occupied the island, and a trip to the top on the train will cost RM30.
What to see
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.