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Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

address: 215 Macalister Road 10450, Penang Hill at Air Hitam
view-Georgetown-Butterworth-Bukit-Bendera-Penang-Hill.jpg, Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level.
view from Penang Hill over Georgetown across to Butterworth on the mainland
photo: Debby
Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level.

Getting to Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
The hilltop can be reached by the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway.
The railway journey (2km) takes about half an hour. Alternatively there is a 5.1km tarred road. It’s also a popular hiking route and takes about 2 to 3 hours hike to reach the top.

panoramic view
the panoramic view of Georgetown and the mainland across the Straits

bridges penang
Penang Bridge (13.5km long, opened in 1985) and in the background barely to seen the newer second Penang Bridge (Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, 24km long - longest bridge in South-East Asia, opened in 2014)


square Penang Hill
the square on Penang Hill with the Cliff Cafe and the rather unspectaculare Owl Museum


Penang Hill official website

Penang Hill Railway


Tel: 04-8288880
Fax: 04-8288862

Operating Hours Train Service:
Weekdays: 6.30am - 10pm (Last train from top station )
Weekends/Public Holidays & School Holidays: 6.30am - 11pm (Last train from top station )

Railway Ticket Prices
  Standard     My Card
Adult RM30.00 RM8.00
Senior Citizen RM30.00 RM4.00
Child ( Aged 4 -12 years ) RM15.00 RM4.00
School/College/University Student RM15.00 RM4.00
Family Package
2 Adult + 1 Child
RM65.00 RM17.00
2 Adult + 2 Child RM70.00 RM18.00
2 Adult + 3 Child RM75.00 RM19.00
One Way (Sehala) - Adult RM17.00 RM5.00
One Way (Sehala) - Child RM10.00 RM2.00
Disabled Person Complimentary

Penang Hill train
the hill train leaving the lower station

Opening Hours:
Penang Hill - Opens 7 days a week
Bellevue Bird Park - Opens seven days a week, 9am to 6pm

Train - RM8 per trip
Bellevue Hotel Bird Park - RM5 (Adult), RM2 (Children)
Taxi from George Town about RM20, from Batu Feringghi about RM30 - to the foot
hill only. To get on top of the hill you need 4WD vehicle.

Nature Trails:

Penang Hill nature trail map
click on the image to open a larger PDF version of the map


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