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ex reg Oct 16th 2015 8:46 am

Penang Hill
 
Been to the 'top' using the funicular railway.

But is it possible to drive to the top.
Google Earth shows some 'roads' but are they roads or cycle tracks and if roads are they public or private?

JC3 Oct 16th 2015 9:54 am

Re: Penang Hill
 

Originally Posted by ex reg (Post 11773151)
Been to the 'top' using the funicular railway.

But is it possible to drive to the top.
Google Earth shows some 'roads' but are they roads or cycle tracks and if roads are they public or private?

You can drive up the hill from the Botanical Gardens entrance, BUT only if you live on the hill, and you'll need a 4x4. You can also hire a jeep (with driver) to take you up or down. It's more trail than road.

JC3

Bommy Oct 16th 2015 11:10 am

Re: Penang Hill
 
Or by scooter :eek:

Gunnar45 Oct 16th 2015 12:17 pm

Re: Penang Hill
 
Any idea on what the jeeptour would cost?

JC3 Oct 16th 2015 2:14 pm

Re: Penang Hill
 
When the jeep taxi service was running it was about Rm80 return per jeep
Now the new railway is running I think you would need to arrange a jeep via, for example, the David Brown restaurant

JC3

Gunnar45 Oct 17th 2015 1:16 am

Re: Penang Hill
 
Thanks JC3!

InFlagranteDelicto Oct 17th 2015 1:39 pm

Re: Penang Hill
 
Walk it. Great exercise. 58.45 is my PB. Starting at the stairs inside the Botanical Gardens gate.

Gunnar45 Oct 17th 2015 2:21 pm

Re: Penang Hill
 
Walking uphill in a moderate pace is probably not so bad, but downwards can be very strenuous on muscles and joints.

InFlagranteDelicto Oct 17th 2015 5:19 pm

Re: Penang Hill
 

Originally Posted by Gunnar45 (Post 11773791)
Walking uphill in a moderate pace is probably not so bad, but downwards can be very strenuous on muscles and joints.

Yes totally agree. You actually see a lot of people walking backwards when they are coming down. Looks strange but is a good way to give the joints a rest.

NeonHippy Oct 18th 2015 2:52 am

Re: Penang Hill
 
If you want to walk up don't take the road, there are far too many fumes from the workers trucks that go back and forth. Better to go back down the road towards the waterfall temple. There is an archway leading to a path that goes up the hill to join the road somewhere near the top. Partway up there is a rest area with some Gym equipment if you fancy an upper body workout!

Gunnar45 Oct 18th 2015 3:34 am

Re: Penang Hill
 
Oops, maybe you just blew IFD's secret shortcut to make the climb in 58'45'' ;)

InFlagranteDelicto Oct 18th 2015 8:54 am

Re: Penang Hill
 

Originally Posted by Gunnar45 (Post 11774001)
Oops, maybe you just blew IFD's secret shortcut to make the climb in 58'45'' ;)

No I know where he means. The trail there gets pretty rugged after the gym equipment. Would think it would take longer going that route.

NeonHippy Oct 18th 2015 10:11 am

Re: Penang Hill
 

Originally Posted by Gunnar45 (Post 11774001)
Oops, maybe you just blew IFD's secret shortcut to make the climb in 58'45'' ;)

LOL no I don't think so. His route must be very short or he was running to do it sub 1 hour. That is a very impressive time IFD.

ex reg Oct 18th 2015 10:43 am

Re: Penang Hill
 
Don't suppose the view is too good from the top at the moment.

bakedbean Oct 18th 2015 11:11 pm

Re: Penang Hill
 
I imagine you suppose correctly. And the view is not good from anywhere at the moment, including Singapore I understand.


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