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Penang Hill

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If the narrow streets of Georgetown and the stifling tropical heat are simply getting too much, then you can follow in the footsteps of the nineteenth-century colonial Brits and seek sanctuary in the cooler climes of Penang’s very own hill station.

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The centre of the island is dominated by jungle-clad hills, and at 821 metres above sea level, the atmosphere is pleasantly temperate. Penang Hill (locally Bukit Bendera)—which actually refers to a collection of peaks—also offers excellent panoramas of Georgetown and the surrounding hills, as well as views of Penang Bridge and the mainland. Take some time to walk to all the viewpoints, and you will realise that Penang’s concrete conurbation really only occupies a fraction of what is otherwise a very beautiful, green island.

Plenty of beauty. Photo taken in or around Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Plenty of beauty. Photo: Sally Arnold

Three options will get you to the top: Hardy walkers can follow the original jungle horse track created by Francis Light, which starts in the Botanical Gardens and climbs steadily—and at times, steeply—to the summit of the hill. The walk can get pretty steamy, especially in the middle of the day, so it is probably best to start early to avoid the worst of the heat, or better still take one of the alternative routes up and walk this way down. If you plan to walk, take plenty of water, dress appropriately for the jungle and beware ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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