Hiking Spots in Penang

While Penang is more well known for its food, beaches and perhaps its drivers, there’s not much talk about its hiking spots outside the hiking community. 

The first few things that pop up in almost everyone’s mind when they hear “Penang” are usually laksa, char koay teow, prawn noodles, Kek Lok Si Temple, street art, Bukit Bendera, Escape Park, and some Hokkien curse words that may or may not come in handy.

While expanding your vocabulary is great and all, let’s take a look at some of its best hiking spots to dominate if you ever drop by the island.

Penang Hill (a.k.a Bukit Bendera)

Filled with attractions like the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, Dinosaur & Aviary Garden and Love Lock that you probably should avoid visiting if you’re single so you don’t feel even more lonely than you already are, Penang Hill is quite the heaven on Earth.

Penang Hill
A beautiful view of Penang from Penang Hill

There’s so many trails here, it’s insane. With 26 different trailheads leading up to the peak, there’s too much to cover here. But for a short summary of the most popular trails here, look no further.

  • Heritage Trail (Lower Station – Middle Station – Upper Station)

    • Easy
    • 3.25 km
    • Approximately 40 minutes
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.408125,100.277383
    • Option to skip to the stations via the railway if you’re lazy
  • Bat’s Cave Temple Trail

    • Easy
    • 3.54 km
    • Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.414410, 100.279000
    • Zero chance of meeting Batman
  • Hye Keat Trail

    • Moderate
    • 4.46 km
    • Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.40773,100.280585
Sunrise from Penang Hill
Gorgeous sunrise from Penang Hill
  • Botanical Garden – Penang Hill (via Lily Pond Trail)

    • Moderate
    • 6.26 km
    • Approximately 2 hours
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.440323,100.28934
    • Very Instagrammable start
  • Moon Gate Trail

    • Moderate to hard, depending on the turns you take
    • Approximately 5 km
    • Up to 2 hours
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.435693,100.292795
  • Youth Park – Penang Hill (Trail Entrance 3)

    • Moderate
    • 5.82 km
    • Approximately 2 hours
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.430635,100.297574 
    • Awesome place for kids 

How about coming back down? Either take the same trail back (hence doubling the distance), or just hop on the railway if you parked near the lower station. But be sure to check out the various attractions too before heading down!

Batu Ferringhi 

Batu Ferringhi
The coast of Batu Ferringhi

While Batu Ferringhi is more known for its beaches, it’s got some awesome hiking trails too. 5 to be exact. A couple of hours at the beach and then a good hike for a sick view? For shore!

Lame puns aside, the trails of Batu Ferringhi are for everybody, from beginners to casual hikers to even the more hardcore hiking elites and enthusiasts.

Quick trail rundown:

  • Batu Ferringhi Aqueduct

  • Freedom Hill

    • Beginner friendly
    • 1.9 km 
    • Approximately 1 hour
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.473563, 100.257001
    • May be named “Freedom” but it ain’t American
  • Carla’s Peak Trail

  • Freedom Hill – Carla’s Peak

    • Moderate
    • 4.5 km
    • Approximately 2 hours
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.473563, 100.257001
    • Not recommended for couch potatoes
  • Freedom Hill – Carla’s Peak – Bukit Batu Ferringhi 

    • Hard
    • 8 km
    • Approximately 3 hours 40 minutes
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.474209, 100.257791
    • You better know what you’re doing (if you don’t, here’s a guide on what you should bring)

Penang National Park

While Penang Hill and Batu Ferringhi have a few beginner-friendly trails, the National Park of Penang ain’t got any, sadly. BUT SO WHAT? GOTTA KEEP PUSHING!

Penang National Park
The coast of Penang National Park

Hiking in Penang National Park ain’t no walk in the… park (hehe). So only come here if you have at least some experience under your belt, and come prepared.

Just like Penang Hill, Penang National Park has quite a number of trails, and some of it has been closed for years. Here’s a few trails you should check out and what you need to know:

  • Kerachut Beach Trail

    • Moderate
    • 7.2 km 
    • Approximately 2 hours 31 minutes
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.460004, 100.206281
    • Can stop and build a sandcastle on the way
  • Bukit Batu Hitam

    • Moderate
    • 7.6 km
    • Approximately 3 hours
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.460004, 100.206281
    • Quite steep in certain areas

Penang National Park

  • Bukit Laksamana

    • Hard
    • 8.5 km
    • Approximately 4 hours 
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.446102, 100.217395
    • Does not have laksa
    • Laksa kat mana?
  • Teluk Bahang – Laksamana Hill – Tiger Hill – Penang Hill

    • Very, very hard
    • 15.1 km
    • Approximately 7 hours
    • Trailhead coordinates: 5.446264, 100.216842
    • Shaky legs halfway up, practically dead when you reach the peak
    • Flex to your friends to assert dominance (if you actually conquer it)

Summing up

That’s about it. With lots of trails, lots of really frickin good food and amazing architecture to admire, Penang has got to be on everyone’s travel list. And with quite a number of hiking trails to explore, might as well eat a tonne of food and hike a bunch to lose all the weight you gained. Diet! (kinda)

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Cheers, and happy hiking!

 

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