Third day in Penang. Same usual process of going for the free buffet breakfast as the previous day (see A Day in Penang 1), then headed out to KOMTAR (Malay: Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) bus station to take Bus 204 to Penang Hill (last stop). Since I reached around 10.45am, I bought the earliest round-trip ticket RM4 for 11:00am at Penang Hill Railway ticket counter. Actually, I did come to Penang Hill the previous day too (as it’s nearby Kek Lok Si) but I have to wait for 2.5 hours for the next available rail. Thought it was a time-waster to just sit and wait, so decided to come back early the next day.
Finally boarded the 11:00am funicular railway. It was really crowded and cramped!
Leaving the main station and going upwards to Penang Hill. The funicular railway will not take you straight to the top, you have to change trains halfway.
Finally arrived after 30 min duration. Another group of visitors will take the same funicular train down.
Panoramic view of the city, 830m above sea level. It’s cooling up here! 🙂
Funicular train on it’s way down.
Jungle trekking is one of the popular activities in Penang Hill. Another attraction is Canopy Walk, which is a suspension bridge hanging over the treetops. Would love to do both but I just don’t have enough time as I need to collect biscuits from Him Heang and then meet up with my partner at hotel at 3pm! Sigh….
Is that the faint image of Penang Bridge?
Waiting area for the funicular train leaving Penang Hill.
At the top of Penang Hill, there is tea kiosk, restaurants, souvenir stalls, mosque, Hindu temple and Bellevue hotel.
Another view of city of Penang. Seems to me it’s kinda cloudy today and wasn’t able to see so clearly.
Bukit Bendera is the Malay name for Penang Hill, which refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak.
Walking around to explore. Noted that are some stalls around here.
A stall selling grasshoppers that care delicately made from leaves.
Seems to be an area where you can take photo with snakes.
Food center at the top of Penang Hill for you to chill out or eat.
Somewhere on Penang Hill, there is this 32 pounder cannon, weighing 2.75 tons. This cannon was probably transported from town to hill as an ornament or to warn the presence of pirates.
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, or better known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang.
Old wooden funicular train of Penang Hill Railway, used from 1923 to 1977.
Taking another look at the city view before leaving Penang Hill. The journey also takes about 30min down and after which I took bus 204 back to KOMTAR area.
Food Court at New World Park. Huge selection of food available!
Koay Teow Th’ng (粿条汤) RM4.
At Him Heang, I also bought 1 packet of preserved nutmeg (sweet) RM2.80, 1 packet of preserved nutmeg (sweet & salty) RM2.80 and 1 packet of liquorice nutmeg at RM4.30. Buah Pala is the malay word for nutmeg.
Left the Him Heang products back at hotel and met up with my partner. Then took a cab for RM12 to Gurney Plaza to walk around again! There is Dragonball Z Heroic Christmas Live Show happening at Gurney Plaza. I was a Dragonball fan when I was young (hmm…maybe I still am now …)!
G Hotel Penang at Gurney Drive. Should have stayed here instead but my partner mentioned that it might be a hassle to travel daily to Hotel Royal Penang for her training. It’s such a nice hotel – surely it can make up for the travel time! 😛
Walking along Gurney Drive sourcing for dinner.
We decided to try Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant at Gurney Drive, Penang as I was attracted to the Bali-themed decoration.
Huge selection of fresh seafood available at Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant. You can come up to this area and choose what you like to have!
Steam Live Prawns 300g RM24++.
Fried mussels with Aroma Spicy Sauce RM15++.
Night setting of Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant. Very nice!
Old Town White Coffee.
Mango and Cranberry Smoothie at Old Town White Coffee.
The next morning, we arranged for hotel limousine service to drive us to Penang International Airport after we had our breakfast. Reached the airport and immediately checked-in our luggage.
There was still some time left before our flight boarding so we relaxed at The Coffee Bean and shared a cup of Mocha.
This trip was pretty short for me as I only had 1 and 1/2 days to explore around. There were several attractions that I wanted to visit but did not due to the short stay. The next time I return to Penang, I will make sure to stay at one of the resorts at Batu Ferringhi and relax! 🙂