Start your hiking trail from the Moon Gate at the Botanic Gardens. The entire hiking experience will take you three hours, and parts of the journey feature climbing aids (steps and holds) to better facilitate your steep hike. Bring water, bug spray and light snacks. If you plan to hike back down, we recommend starting your hike in the morning; you don’t want to get yourself lost in the woods after dark. There are various different ways to conquer Penang Hill, sitting proudly as it does 9km (5.6mi) from the centre of George Town
. The Malay government has a list of routes with various different starting points and difficulties. The Moon Gate trail will take around three hours, and cuts through some dense forest, so it’s best to start early. If when you reach the top, however, you don’t feel up to descending, the hill boasts the steepest funicular railway track in the world!