It has been a while since I've felt goosebumps on my skin from cold weather, but that's exactly what happened when I got to the top of Penang Hill. The temperature at the top of Bukit Bendera, as it is also called, is notably cooler than down below. Even though I'm constantly going in and out of air conditioned buildings, there is nothing quite like being surprised by naturally cold air on bare arms and legs.
To get to the top of Penang Hill, you'll need to buy a ticket for the funicular rail service. The recently acquired rail cars, which were made in Switzerland, fit up to 100 passengers and take only a few minutes to ascend 2,007 meters (about 1.24 miles). With the previous train cars the ride up or down the hill took 30 minutes, and passengers had to stop halfway to switch cars.
Once you're at the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of Penang and beyond. There are a few places to eat, including David Brown's Restaurant, where Jeff and I had tea. Also at the top of the hill are a mosque and temple, as well as a small hotel and hawker center. Several vendors at the top and bottom of the hill sell souvenirs and snacks.
For more information on Penang Hill, visit this website.