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“Nice scenery”
Review of Penang Hill

Penang Hill
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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour
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Owner description: Please be advised that our funicular service will cease operation earlier that usual on 18th May 2017 for planned maintenance. This 2,750 foot hill has a funicular railway that can take you to the top.
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“Nice scenery”
Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

It's a nice thing to do if I haven't been sightseeing in Malaysia however there are nice forests to walk in, cheaper restaurants to eat in and bigger temples to visit. None the less the overall experience is quiet nice because it is a small sample of what Malaysia withholds so of u dnt have the time to sightsee, it's totally recommended.

Visited September 2013
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“The main attraction is perhaps the tram ride”
Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

The Penang Hill is often quoted a must to visit when one goes Penang. In my opinion, it is not as marvelous as some other attractions such as the mega temple Kek Lok Si. If you do visit the temple, which u should, then perhaps it make sense to drop by the near by Penang Hill Ayer Itam station (15-25 mins walk depending on ur speed or you can take a bus which we waited forever for and ended up taking a taxi after the long fruitless wait under hot weather) to take the tram up the hill.

The main attraction of the hill should in fact be the funicular tram that rides up and down the steep slope. This I find particularly interesting. But it costs $30 MYR for tourists for 2 way which is a bit expensive. Anyway, the air is cooling on top of the hill and u get to see a good view of Penang fr up there. Otherwise, there is nothing much up there. U can perhaps get a drink or an ice cream to enjoy the cool air before taking the exciting tram back down.

Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“I would never pay money for that sort of experience in many other countries!”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

It's Malaysia and they don't seem to have too much mountains. That's why a hill which is a little cooler than the usually hot, humid and tropical whether is such a big deal for the locals. But I guess if you are a foreigner and coming from a country where you have mountains and cold whether and ... you will not be that much amused or entertained here. you will get a far view of some parts of the island, true, but up there is really nothing special that you can't find down inside the city. The wagon which takes you up is nothing special too, considering it will be packed and you probably can't see anything beyond your shoulder. overall it did not worth the time and effort and money.

Visited September 2013
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“Hot and sweaty trip out”
Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

Train up the hill was good but trip down was crowded with school kids! It wasn't the best day for the view up the top, a bit cloudy. Don't go to the sky bar, the margarita was aweful! It was still interesting to go at least once if you have nothing else to do!

Visited September 2013
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“Worth the view”
Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

The trip to Penang Hill was worth the view. We got there at 11am and did not have to wait long to board the train. The trip up the steep hill took seven minutes through a lush forest. This is obviously a frequented land mark as it is well kept and looks like the entrance to a theme park ride. The cost is reasonable. When you reach the top the view is fantastic. You can see all of Georgetown and the bridge connecting to the mainland. The weather is much cooler and the humidity low. On the top there is a stall providing henna diagrams. We had a lovely one placed on our calf. Very professional with good colours. There is also a photo opportunity with a snake, macaw and cocky. My son loved having his photo taken with all three. We walked around for an hour on the hill top and then caught the train back down. Again we did not have to wait long. Well worth a visit!

Visited September 2013
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