Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

address: 215 Macalister Road 10450, Penang Hill at Air Hitam
Penang-Hill-panoramio.jpg, Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera is 735m above sea level and can be reached by Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway
view from Penang Hill over Georgetown across to Butterworth on the mainland
photo by Panoramio user lethnjm
Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera is 735m above sea level and can be reached by 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.


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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