Ride the Funicular Up Penang Hill
You'll find it in the guide book, but there's probably no better view of Penang than from the top of Penang Hill. Check the schedule beforehand (we wish we had) to catch the first train in time for sunrise. (There's a pretty easy bus that takes about 30 minutes). Or come for sunset and enjoy afternoon tea or dinner at David Brown's tea house at the summit. Active travelers can also walk down, but the path is not well marked and consists of very steep stairs for much of the way. Stick near the cable car line and hopefully you'll end up in the heritage village that clings to the hillside.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia