Thursday, December 15, 2011

Penang Hill, Penang

All new Penang Hill I would say

It has been a while since I last visited Penang Hill... So it is always nice when a fellow friend wants to visit Penang, then I have to bring them around....muahaha =D
first thing first, the weather up there is super good! dammn chilling it!

Penang Hill is mainly hilly granitic mass. The hill system is higher towards the northern part with its highest point at Western Hill, at an elevation of 833 m (2,723 ft) above sea level. Hence, it is pretty chilling up there! =)

So how do you get up there?
The most convenient way up to Penang Hill is by means of the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway from Air Itam to the top of Flagstaff Hill. Construction of the railway took place between 1906 to 1923, at a cost of 1.5 million Straits dollars. The railway was opened to the public on October 21, 1923. The 2,007 m (1 mile 435 yard) journey takes about half an hour and the train may stop at intermediate stations upon request.

For Malaysians, the fare for a return (round trip) ticket is RM8 per adult and RM4 per child aged between three and 12. For foreign tourists, the return fare would be RM30 for adults and RM15 for children aged seven to 12. Senior citizens and students will enjoy cheaper fares at RM4 per person. The ride continues to remain free of charge for disabled persons holding the OKU (Malay acronym for Orang Kurang Upaya) card. Penang Hill residents, licensed traders and hawkers and workers can purchase monthly season pass at RM24. The blue, air-conditioned Swiss-made coaches, capable of ferrying up to 100 passengers at one go, will run every half hour from 6.30am to 9pm daily.

Alternatively, there is a 5.1 km (3.2 mi) tarred road known popularly as the "jeep track". It is open only to the vehicles of hill residents. The "jeep track" is also used by off-road motorcycle enthusiasts to traverse up the steep terrain. It is a popular hiking route. It begins at the quarry at the entrance of the Penang Botanic Gardens and it takes a two or three hour leisurely hike to reach the top. Some of the more famous pit stops at the mountain are 52 and 84. At these pit stops, a view of the island is visible to hikers, who are able to get some water and tea prepared by locals stationed on the hill. Eighty Four is the last pit stop before the top of Penang Hill — approximately forty five more minutes from 84.

Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra
, more commonly known as Summit Road, leads from the top station to the western part of the hill right towards Western Hill and Tiger Hill.

The eastern face of Penang Hill is well served by a series of roads and paths, for example, Moniot Road, Viaduct Road, and Tunnel Road. Moniot Road is named after a Frenchman, Michael Jules Moniot who surveyed it between 1846 and 1855. Moniot Road has been declared a Heritage Trail in 1995 by the Governor of Penang.

A system of bridle paths forms a picturesque labyrinth of walks connecting the different bungalows. Indian penal servitude prisoners shipped from Bencoolen, Sumatra to Penang during the second half of the 19th century built these by-paths.

Numerous trekking trails lead from various starting points in the lowlands to Penang Hill. The more popular trails include the Moongate Trail, trail from Air Itam Dam to Tiger Hill, trail from Hye Keat Estate and trail from the Municipal Park (formerly Youth Park). Some of the trails are used by farmers to transport produce to the markets of Balik Pulau and Air Itam.

Look at the tram, no longer the old-non aircond-slow kinda tram!

even the looks inside is so much better!

Check out the view when u get up there

Then we started to walk around the area

it's so so different now compared to last time...everything is so nicely maintain compared to last time =)

For lazy people, they have caddy for you to sit around...

Indian Temple...when i googled it, apparently this is a must visit site in Penang Hill....

They have a mosque as well...

one of the reserve English Cottage above Penang Hill

if you're planning to stay a night there, this place can be considered

and if you wanna have a tea or so, David Brown's Restaurant is the place

then entrance....nice? nice?

the moment we entered, we were like "woaaaah, damn this place is superbly nice"

such a nice place, without hesitation, we sat down and started ordering...

I'm quite impressed what Penang Hill got to offer now


Camy said...

my friends and i planning to go!

Food Dreams said...

Nice... I miss home when I see this... ;0)

Cahaya petunjuk said...

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