There’s a cable car to take you up Penang hill. I went on the first dry Saturday in a few weeks, after a very wet week, during the school holiday, just after Christmas, at about 11am. I therefore ended up queuing for nearly 2 hours (and 30 mins on the way back). Was it worth it? Probably not quite, though I have been back.

Distances, Bukit Bendera, Penang

I did enjoy the views, the temples and some of the odd sights at the top, plus the cable car rides themselves are good fun. So my strong advice is get there early to avoid the queue, and it’ll be worth it. It costs RM30 for a return trip (RM10 for Malaysians, less for concessions).

Locks, Bukit Bendera, Penang

At the top are mosques and temples, a restaurant, a Paris-esque love lock bridge (with a canny entrepreneur beside, selling locks), an owl museum (it is terrible. See Owl Museum) and some guys ready to sell you tat and photograph you with drugged animals.

View, Bukit Bendera, Penang

There is also now a ‘Sky Bridge’, which allows you to walk out about 30 feet further than you could before to a platform with very marginally better views.

More view, Bukit Bendera, Penang

Address: Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera,  Air Itam, 11500 Pulau Pinang
Telephone: 048288880

That bloody owl, Bukit Bendera, Penang