The steepest train ride in the world
Maybe this is mainly because I closed my eyes and clung to a pole with sweaty hands until we were safely on the ground at the top of the mountain. The ‘Penang Hill Funicular Railway’ is the steepest tunnel track in the world and also the longest ride in Asia. Well, there you are in a little train with a hundred other people, that were ten very long minutes.
Enjoying a cool breeze
Penang Hill is not a particular mountain, but a group of mountains together. With the highest point, Western Hill, 833 meters above sea level, you have a beautiful view over the island and especially the capital Georgetown. In the old days, the train wasn’t used to bring tourists to the top, but during the British colony, it was a base for the British. Here they could escape the heat of the island for a while and enjoy a cool breeze.
If you think now, what delicious it is on that mountain ten degrees cooler than in Georgetown, then you’re wrong. After you (fearfully) sweat out of the train, you immediately notice that it is a bit cooler, but as soon as the sun starts to do its work, you can say goodbye to that cool breeze. Despite the heat, it is lovely to stay here. You get the idea that you have ended up in a small village, where you can not only walk for hours but also enjoy a nice meal.