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Bukit Bendera Penang Hill

Bukit Bendera Penang Hill also known as Penang Hill, gained its name from direct translation of Flagstaff Hill. With the recent upgraded railway service in place, getting up to Penang Hill is much a breeze with frequent and efficient new train that take visitors directly from foothill to the summit in merely 5 minutes!
If you're looking for a nice spot to cool off with your children, exploring Bukit Bendera Penang Hill is a great choice for an outing. Ample car park was established near the foothill adjacent to a Chinese temple, allowing visitors to keep their vehicles, at the same time enjoying a short nature's stroll to reach the ticketing counter. If you bring along a stroller or wheeled-chair, drop off your family at the entrance of Penang Hill Railway Station before driving into this car park as the nature’s trail from this car park is not wheel-friendly.
In order to board the train, be warned that some spots are not wheel-friendly for example from waiting area to boarding platform. Instead, concrete staircase fills up the one and only path to get into the train (unless you ask permission to access via special entrance). Same goes goes for the places of attraction on the summit of Bukit Bendera Penang. Walking paths are paved but the hilly terrain tends to invite more staircase rather than a smooth slope. Bring an umbrella stroller or a lighter stroller if you have options, otherwise be prepared to exercise with your pram on a few flights of staircases! 

Things to do in Bukit Bendera Penang Hill for kids

Taking little ones up to the peak of Bukit Bendera Penang is an exciting adventure for them. If you could, hop into the first or the last coaches of the train and glue to the seats overlooking the railway track. We did, being luck on our side. Once the train started moving, Austin looked amazed, sensing the acceleration while gazing at the panorama in perspective! 
With a full day to spare, we went straight into the oldest of Bukit Bendera hotels – Bellevue Hotel. Despite not large, this lodge does not change much over the decades. We walked in as if we belonged there, straight poking into the restaurant. This is one of the best keep secrets to steal the bird eye's view of George Town! Have some drinks while enjoying spectacular skyline at patio or head on to the lawn or tiki for the first class viewing platform, overlooking the northern tip of Penang island! On your way out, stop by the aviary and ginger garden if your kids are old enough to appreciate the plants and flowers. 
Otherwise, head on up slope to Gun Hill to touch an ancient canon. On the same ground, visit Penang Hill Mosque and a Hindu temple which was believed to have been built during the days of East India Company back in late 1700s. Enshrined God of Murugan, the presence temple was renovated in 2002 and it's charming. Equipped with playground and shady benches, this is a relaxing spot to catch some breathe and unwind.
Before leaving Bukit Bendera Penang Hill, stop by at David Brown's restaurant for lunch if your budget permits. Sits on Strawberry Hill of Penang Hill, this posh restaurant features Western cuisine on the ground of a rustic bungalow. Food isn't the primary feature, but the well-manicured lawn, gardens and lotus pond, plus the breathtaking view of Penang Bridge and George Town certainly are the highlights. To us, it was was worth spending a few hours enjoying luncheon (not the best neither the worst), also a great place for Austin to roam,  connecting to nature, making friends with other diners and co-existing in this pleasant atmosphere!


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