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Penang Hill from the Bat Cave, temple shrine

The iconic Penang Hill, aka #BukitBendera is on every tourist list who visits Penang. Most visitors would surely ride the funicular, which has just celebrated a Centenary milestone since opening in October 1923. The "100 Years of Transformation" is available on print and illustrates the pivotal moments and events along the journey!

Penang Hill is in fact a series of hills, namely Western hill, Bukit Laksamana, Tiger hill, Flagstaff Hill, Halibuton's Hill, Fern Hill, Strawberry Hill, Government Hill. There are many hiking trails that meander to different peaks. #penanghill

Having had days of food challenge, we decided to summit Penang hill on foot and back on the funicular. That way we could enjoy the best of both worlds.

There are still bats in the cave of the burn down shrine!

Starting point: Park along the road of Jalan Pokok Ceri

Hike Duration: 5.5km

End Hike: Funicular

Hike Difficulty: 3/5

Toilet facilities: Available

Break it into 4 parts,

  • Part 1- Bat Cave to Dragon pillar (slight elevation)

  • Part 2- Waterfall through fruit orchards (slight elevation)

  • Part 3- Buddhist Stupa to Middle Station ( flat)

  • Part 4- Upper Station ( steep)

Scenery Rewards: Don't forget to look back! Amazing views of Georgetown and the bridge!

Note: There were parts that we trespassed residence property. We should be mindful that some people live in the houses and we shouldn't make too much noise. The hike is fairly easy, but if you start after 7.30, there are parts that are unshaded and can get extremely hot, bring enough water!

What to bring

1. Basic first aid stuff such as disinfectant, ankle guard in case you sprain your ankle, band-aid.

2. Walking stick, middle station to the upper station is steep!

3. Raincoat and Poncho,

4. At least 2l of water, pack lunch, snack!

5. Change of clothes

7. Good pair of hiking shoes is absolutely necessary

8. Cap

9. Check the weather forecast


After the Bat Cave shrine, continue walking on the tarmac road of Jalan Pokok Ceri. #batcave