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Penang Hills and Trails - South Central Area
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano


Click here for the Penang Hills and Trails index.
Click here for the Top Ten Walks.
Click here for a list of further Selected Walks.
Click here for Walks Listed by Starting Point.
Click here for information on Rain Gauges
and Catchment Areas.
Click here for the introduction.

South Central Area

Click here to see maps for each of the following reports in turn, clicking the map will take you directly to the report concerned.

The Fruit Orchard Trail
(November 2012 - @)

Stairway to Heaven
(November 2012)
Cheng Kon Sze Revisited
(November 2012)
The Garden Funicular
(November 2012)
Garden in the Sky
(November 2012)
  Garden in the Sky Revisited
(February 2013 - @)
Paya Terubong Half Circular
(March 2013)
Stay Calm and Eat Kangkung
(January 2014)
Tiger Hill Loop (Part 1)
(December 2012)
Tiger Hill Loop (Part 2)
(December 2012 - @)
A Course of Leeches
(December 2012)
Two Waterfalls
(December 2012 - @)
The Temple with a View
(December 2012 - @)
The Road to Nowhere
(December 2012)
The Pretty Way
(February 2014)
Two Waterfalls (alternative route) - @
(February 2014)
Nibbinda Nirvana
(March 2014)
Just a Recce!
(March 2014)
Nibbinda Circular
(March 2014)
Nanshan Follies
(March 2014)
Bukit Penara Riddle
(28th January 2015)
Forest Ang's Trail
(30th January 2015)
Above the Relau Pass
(9th February 2015)
Temple with a View Recce 
(13th February 2015)
Temple with a View Hike
(13th February 2015)
The Valley
(16th February 2015)
The Cross Island Challenge
(18th February 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 1
(21st February 2015)
The Balik Pulau Sampler
(24th February 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 2
(27th February 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 3
(28th February 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 4
(3rd March 2015)
Balik Pulau Ridges
(5th March 2015)
Balik Pulau Horseshoe 2015
(28th March 2015)
Nibbinda Direct
(30th November 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 5
(11th December 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 6
(20th December 2015)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 7
(24th December 2015)
Heaven and Hell
(31st December 2015)
Back from the Brink
(3rd January 2016)
Flirting with Laksamana
(12th February 2016)
Cheng Kon Sze Challenge
(21st February 2016)
Rain Gauge Challenge
(23rd February 2016)
Zig-Zag (to) Heaven
(25th February 2016)
Tiger Hill Ridge Path
(26th February 2016)
Hakka Teddy Bears' Picnic
(28th February 2016)

Two Ridges
(1st March 2016)

Bukit Penara
(3rd March 2016)

Not Quite Nirvana
(15th March 2016)

Nibbinda Circular 2016
(23rd November 2016)
Temple with a View Circular
(25th November 2016)
Half a Walk
(3rd December 2016)
An Inspector Calls
(29th December 2016)
Brothers Bungalow
(25th January 2017)
Another Temple with a View Circular
(30th November 2017)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 8
(3rd December 2017)
Another Nibbinda Circular
(5th December 2017)
The Balik Pulau Explorer 9
(9th December 2017)
Cheng Kon Sze Direct
(14th December 2017)

The following report does not have a map, it's not a walk I would want to repeat or recommend.

Challenging Times Part 1a
(December 2012)

The aim of these pages is to record our pleasure, encourage others to repeat or even improve the experience and provide sufficient information for locals and visitors to follow the trails from scratch. Hence, there are far too many pictures of junctions in concrete trails! These trails are best enjoyed in small groups of no more than half a dozen with eyes and ears wide open and mouths firmly shut. Several can be, and are, used by mountain bikers (indicated by @), but if you have a motorbike please leave it at home or park it at the start of the trail; definitely do not take it (as I have read on the web) on trails which are not sealed, they will rapidly degrade if abused in such a manner.


Click here for the Penang Hills and Trails index.
Click here for Walks Listed by Starting Point.
Click here for the Top Ten Walks.
Click here for a list of further Selected Walks.
Click here for information on Rain Gauges
and Catchment Areas.
Click here for the introduction.


I strongly recommend using buses to get to the starting points and back from the end of these walks.
I have written a short guide to Penang's Buses for hikers although directions are included in individual hikes.


Rob and Yuehong Dickinson

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