Penang Hill Walking Tour, George Town

Penang Hill Walking Tour (Self Guided), George Town

The Penang Hill area is a wonderful place to visit if you are seeking to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. You can go hiking in the beautiful fresh air, see the amazing plant and animal life or ride the funicular railway. Every visitor will want to see the spectacular waterfall too. Take our Penang Hill Tour to see the top sights of the area.
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Penang Hill Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Penang Hill Walking Tour
Guide Location: Malaysia » George Town (See other walking tours in George Town)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 Km or 0.2 Miles
Author: Maia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Penang Hill Railway, Upper Station
  • Skywalk and Skydeck
  • David Brown Tea House
  • Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple
  • The Habitat Penang Hill
Penang Hill Railway, Upper Station

1) Penang Hill Railway, Upper Station

The Penang Hill Railway is a two-section funicular railway which runs up Penang Hill from Air Itam, near George Town. The total journey takes about half an hour, with passengers changing cars at the mid-point station. Built over the course of almost 20 years at a cost of 1.5 million Straits dollars, the railway was opened to the public in 1923. It was enhanced with new cars in the late 1970s.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Skywalk and Skydeck

2) Skywalk and Skydeck

Rise early to catch the first funicular trip up the hill and be rewarded by breath taking views during clear weather or behold fine, white mist swirling around the hills.

The Skywalk and Skydeck with elderly-friendly and disabled-friendly features offer splendid 180⁰ views of George Town.

As dusk sets in, watch George Town light up, providing a magical backdrop against the evening sky.

At Penang Hill, it is always an unforgettable, refreshing and enriching experience.

The main view deck at the apex of the hill is an excellent spot to view the stunning landscape. The garden at the viewing deck is indeed a pleasant surprise. Also, the night-view from the Skywalk gives some Instagrammy snapshots of the lit-up Georgetown.

David Brown Tea House

3) David Brown Tea House

David Brown, Penang Hill, is a popular spot for afternoon tea when visiting Penang Island. Away from the bustling capital of Georgetown and the tourist hub of Batu Ferringhi, Penang Hill offers visitors a cooler climate and beautiful views over the island.

The restaurant’s hidden away at the top Strawberry Hill, Bukit Bendera – a hill on a hill if you will – sheltered from the crowds by lush greenery. Just a few steps up and you enter an oasis of calm, where the tea terrace is framed by trees blocking out the noise from below. These are donned with fairy lights and I can imagine how pretty the tea terrace must look in the evenings. A long pond stretches across the centre of the garden, with beautiful lilies and fish flitting to the surface trying to grab a quick snack.

What’s make this place special is its history. Strawberry Hill was originally levelled by Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British Penang colony, specifically to plant strawberries. The land was bought by the titular David Brown back in 1941, who built a colonial-style cottage and opened the then ‘tea kiosk’. Although ownership has changed the feel has not and it’s almost like you step back in time when you arrive.

The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, but we’d come specifically to try their renowned afternoon tea. ***PH***
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

4) Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, also known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the most ancient temples on Penang island. Founded in the 1800s, it is dedicated to the Hindu deity Murugant. Situated at Gun Hill peak, this beautiful, colorful edifice has a Dravidian style with many decorative features, such as different Indian gods, flowers and dragons.
The Habitat Penang Hill

5) The Habitat Penang Hill

The Habitat Penang Hill offers the most complete and educational Malaysian rainforest experience and is located less than 10 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town in Penang. Explore their 1.6 km Nature Trail which is steeped in history as it was first built in the early 1800s by the British East India Company on the edge of a forest reserve protected since 1911.

Take in the sights and sounds of the rainforest from Langur Way Canopy Walk 40m off the forest floor. Revel in the 360-degree views of Penang Island and the mainland from Curtis Crest Treetop Walk that allows you to see just how important Penang’s forests are to the health and well-being of urban Penang both as a source of water as well as a green lung.

Finally, experience the rainforest from the air with the Flight of the Colugo zip line course which allows visitors to see the rainforest canopy from the perspective of one of Malaysia's most iconic mammal species, the Sunda Colugo and the thousands of other forest species that live in the tree-tops. Visitors will find themselves immersed in the natural beauty of the rainforest, marveling at the beautiful flora and fauna that inhabit this natural sanctuary including species such as the Dusky Leaf Langur monkey, Racquet-tailed Drongo bird, the flying Draco lizard, numerous species of wild butterflies and other ancient rainforest giants such as the Damar Minyak (Agethis borneensis) and Rhu Bukit (Dacrydium elatum) conifer trees. In short, The Habitat Penang Hill is a nature experience not to be missed when visiting Penang.

Funds generated by The Habitat Penang Hill are channelled towards urgent efforts to conserve biodiversity and safeguard nature through The Habitat Foundation. Our programme of work includes initiatives in education, research, conservation and sustainable tourism. Your visit today is helping to make a difference.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in George Town, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in George Town

Create Your Own Walk in George Town

Creating your own self-guided walk in George Town is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
George Town's Historical Religious Buildings

George Town's Historical Religious Buildings

George Town has much to be proud of when it comes to religious heritage, as the city has a host of wonderful churches, temples, mosques and other religious centers. Each is beautifully decorated and has its own unique story to tell. Check out the most interesting historical religious edifices in the city with this self-guided walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
George Town Introduction Walking Tour

George Town Introduction Walking Tour

Georgetown is the capital city of the island and state of Penang and was listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a 'World Heritage Site''. Touted as the food capital of Malaysia, Georgetown is a favorite spot for tourists. It has many attractive pre-Second World War houses and shophouses, as well as 19th century churches, temples and mosques. One of the top attractions of George Town is its...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Farquhar Street Walking Tour

Farquhar Street Walking Tour

The Farquhar Street is home to a number of interesting historic buildings and other heritage sites. In fact, it has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site since 2008. Here you can see the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the St. Xavier school and the Protestant Cemetery, where Francis Light's tomb is located. While you’re here, take this self-guided walking tour to admire the beautiful...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles