Penang Hill – a hill resort in Penang, Malaysia – Part 2

Penang Hill is a hill resort that comprises a group of peaks in Penang, Malaysia.

Overview of The Penang Hill

• It is situated in Air Itam.
• It is about 6 kilometers from the city center of George Town.
• The hill stands uniquely from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area.
• Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera.
• This refers to Flagstaff Hill which is the most developed peak.

Places of Importance

1. Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss
• This is a sprawling hillside structure.
• It is reputed to be the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia.
• It has the Khmer/Thai/Chinese style.
• Ban Po Thar, Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower which costs about RM4 to top via stairs and various Buddha images in the main temple complex are present here.
• There is a mini-funicular train costing RM4 connects to the summit of the hill.
• It features a giant 36.5m high statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
• The current bronze version was completed in 2003.
• During the Chinese New Year period, the temple is decorated with hundreds of lanterns.
• It turns it into a night-time wonderland.
• It is situated near the village of Air Itam.
• One can take a taxi from Georgetown.
• It costs RM 20-25.
• One can also catch a bus from the station next to the Komtar.
• This will cost you RM2.

2. Bukit Bendera
• There is the best view of Georgetown and the Penang Bridge from here.
• It is very beautiful especially at night.
• Go up via the Penang Hill Railway.
• Return fare: Malaysians – Adult RM8, Child RM4; foreign tourists: Adult RM30, Child RM15.
• Duration of journey is about 10 min.
• The frequency is every 30 min.
• The service runs from 6:30 AM-9 PM daily.
• Take Rapid Penang bus no. 204 to the last stop to get to the lower station.

3. Penang Botanic Gardens,Jl Kebun Bunga
• Ph: +60 4 227-0428
• Fax:+60 4 228-6075
• Opens daily, 5AM-8PM.
• Take Rapid Penang bus no.10 from KOMTAR for RM2.
• The gardens were established by Charles Curtis of Britain.
• This was established in 1884.
• It is generally known as the Waterfall Gardens.
• There is a little waterfall located within it.
• Free admission.

4. Orchid, Hisbiscus & Reptile Garden
• Persiaran Bukit Jambul
• Ph: +60 4 644-8863
• Fax:+60 4 644-2236
• +60 4 228-5733
• Daily 9:30AM-6:30PM
• Last admission at 5:30PM
• 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
• Adult RM5 and children RM2.

5. Penang Butterfly Farm
• 830 Jl Teluk Bahang
• Ph: +60 4 885-1253
• Opens 365 days a year
• Mon–Fri 9 AM-5:30 PM
• On Sat, Sun and public holidays, It opens at 9AM–6PM
Houses a large collection of:
– tropical butterflies
– rare tropical insects
– scorpions
– snakes
– fish
– lizards
– other reptiles
– features an art and artifact gallery
– Admission price is RM27 for adult and RM12 for children

6. Fisheries Department Research Institute Aquarium
• Batu Maung
• Ph: +60 4 626-3925
• Fax:+60 4 626-2210
• Opens daily from 10 AM-5 PM
• Adult RM5, children (7-12 years old) RM2
• Free admission for children under 7

7. Penang Bridge
• It is about 8.4 km over water.
• It is one of the longest bridges in the world in Asia.
• The bridge connects the island to the mainland.
• It offers great views of the port and city.
• The bridge opened to public in 1985.
• It is a major national landmark for Malaysia.

Best time to visit / climate

• The most important feature of Penang Hill is the cooler climate.
• The core summit area has an average temperature ranging from 20° to 27°C.
• The mean minimum temperature is consistently below 21°C.
• The hottest months are between December and April.
• The coolest months are between June and October.
• Penang’s high season is around Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Chinese New Year.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport is one of Malaysia’s larger and better-equipped airports.
• It is operated by Malaysia Airports.
• The airport is on the southeastern coast of the island.
• This is about 30 min from Georgetown.
• Take Rapid Penang bus no. 401E from the terminal building to KOMTAR.
• First bus is at 5:30AM and last bus is at 11:35PM.
• There is a bus every 30 min.
• Fare is 2.70 RM.
• Ph: +60 4 6434411

The airport is serviced by:
– AirAsia
– Firefly
– Cathay Pacific Airways
– SilkAir
– Jetstar Airways
– Tiger Airways
– Thai Airways
– Malaysia Airlines

Direct domestic flights are available to:
• Kuala Lumpur
• Johor Bahru
• Kota Kinabalu
• Kuching
• Langkawi

Direct international flights are available to:
• Jakarta
• Ko Samui
• Surabaya
• Macau
• Taipei
• Bangkok
• Hong Kong
• Medan
• Singapore
• Phuket
• Perth
• Banda Aceh

2. By car
• Penang is connected to the mainland and the North-South Expressway by the Penang Bridge.
• It is one of the longest bridges in Asia.
• There is no toll for vehicles heading to the mainland.

Vehicles headed to the island must pay a toll as follows:
• Motorcycles: RM1.40
• Cars: RM7
• Vans and buses with two axles and four wheels: RM12

3. By train
• KTMB operates train service to the Butterworth train station.
• This is within walking distance to the ferry to Penang Island.
• Tickets can be booked at the train station, the ferry terminal, or online.
• The journey to or from Kuala Lumpur takes about 6 hours.
• An overnight train departs Bangkok daily at 2:45 PM Thai time.
• It is scheduled to arrive in Butterworth at 1:45 PM Malaysian time.
• Trains are air conditioned.
• They are all sleeper cars.
• They cost THB1, 210, with a THB104 surcharge for bicycles.

4. By bus
• Buses in Georgetown arrive or depart at the new bus terminal at Sungai Nibong.
• This is a fifteen-minute ride from the center.
• This is about ten minutes from the airport.
• A taxi to the center costs RM20.
• Rapid Penang bus 301 and 401E goes to KOMTAR and Pengkalan Weld.

Major Coach Operators include
– Fivestars : online booking
– Konsortium
– Plusliner / Nice
– Transnasional
– Mutiara
• The trip from Kuala Lumpur’s Pudu Raya bus station or Kota Bharu, Perhentian Islands each cost around RM35.
• It takes around 5-6 hours.
• Buses to or from Johor Bahru and Singapore takes about 10 hrs.
• It costs RM 60 or SGD$45.
• It’s possible to travel by bus to and from Thailand.
• Tickets are available from travel shops in and around Penang Road.

5. By minivan
Minivan service is more expensive than bus service and is available between Georgetown and cities in Thailand daily. These cities are such as:
– Ko Phi Phi
– Phuket
– Trang
– Surat Thani
– Krabi
– Ko Samui
– Ko Pha Ngan
– Bangkok
– Hat Yai (RM30)
Service is available to the Perhentian Islands for 130-150 RM with boat included.

6. By boat
Penang Port operates ferries to or from Butterworth daily from 5:30AM till 1:00AM.
Ferry rates are:
• RM1.20 for adults
• RM0.60 for children
• RM1.40 for bicycles
• RM2.00 for motorbikes
• RM7.70 for cars
• Additional fees for larger vehicles
Langkawi Ferry Services operates ferry service from Langkawi to Penang.
– They travel at 2:30PM and 5:15PM daily.
– Ph: +60 4 2642088 in Penang
– Ph: +60 4 9663779
One-way trip costs
– RM60 for adult
– RM45 for child (3-11 years old)
– RM25 for infant (below 2 years old)
– Return trip costs RM115, RM85 and RM50 respectively
– Trip takes 2 hr and 30 min.
Langkawi Ferry Services operates ferries from the Belwan port in Medan to Penang on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Returning to Penang on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

The boat leaves at 9:00am at the journey takes 6 hours.
– Ph: +604264-2088 in Penang
– Ph: +62614521666 / +62614527555 in Medan
– Adult: RM110 one-way, RM180 return
– Child: RM60 one-way, RM100 return.

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