Penang Hill – Penang, Malaysia

Last weekend was an extra long weekend in Malaysia with Diwali (Indian Holiday) on Saturday and the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Islamic Holiday) on the Tuesday. As such we decided to spend the four days in Penang as we have not spent much time in the historic part of George Town, Penang.

We drove up Friday night and spent Saturday morning exploring George Town – will post photos in a subsequent entry. We had a late lunch atop of Penang Hill and took in the panorama of Penang Island.

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Penang Hill is located on the island of Penang, within the area called Air Itam. It is about 823 meters (2750 feet) above sea level.  You can walk up but the best way is to take the Penang Hill Funicular Railway.


A funicular railway is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope; the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other. You can see in the video how the one cable becomes two after the trams pass each other.

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