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5 Way Junction to Sungai Pinang (1,5 to 2 hours, red trail)


Once you have arrived at 5 Way Junction, you have several options. If coming from the Air Itam Dam: to your right: Tiger Hill and further to Penang Hill, see this page or continuing on the Old Ridge Path to rain gauge 29. To your left you can hike the Ngoh Han Hill trail. The second to the left, decent road that swindles up towards Bukit Elvira, leads to Balik Pulau but it's challenging to find the right trail as I found out during my 5 times I hike it.

5 Way Junction

For this trail you have to take the continuing main road (second right). There's a marker to a Tua Pek Kong Temple. Warning, this trail is not well defined, it's easy to get lost and there are few, if any people around to help you out. 5 Way Junction to Sungai Pinang will take about 2-3 hours, mostly downhill.

5 Way Junction
Follow the sign on the red board which reads Tua Pek Kong

At 5 Way Junction there is a sign for a Tua Pek Kong temple, so I followed the tar road down. This was cultivated land and soon I found junctions with small tar paths to my left and right. There was even a farm. After about a kilometer going down, I found the Tua Pek Kong temple. It wasn't of much interest but there were some fine views to the west of Penang.

View to Tiger Hill

Just after the temple the road splits into 2, the left, wider and in better condition leads just a bit further to 2 farms. I could see the right road swindling slowly down the hills. So here I went. It was an easy walk but soon the tar road disappeared for a wide overgrown trail. There were several junctions but I decided to stay on the main trail. And ... I found a path marker to Sungai Pinang. Without anyone to direct me or even telling me if I was on the right track, I took this as a good sign.

View to Tiger Hill
Follow the road to the Tua Pek Kong temple

Soon the wide overgrown trail turned into a small forest track. The track essentially ends at 2 huts full of rubble. Just after the hut there's a small well and some waterpipes which go down. There's a small path which follows the waterpipes. In a few minutes you will exit the forest and arrive at a wide open plateau. To your right you will see a cement path.

Lost in the jungle 
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View to Tua Pek Kong Marker to Sungai Pinang Rough path to the jungle Tar road out of the jungle

The path leads directly into a rubber plantation and swindles steeply down. I didn't check all the junctions but it seemed to me that whatever junction you take, sooner or later they all come together. The fastest option is to choose the junction that keeps descending (the most).

Marker to Sungai Pinang
In the rubber plantation.

Almost 10 minutes later the path joins another cement trail. Keep right and descend further to another junction. The white arrow on the path shows the way, keep descending. From the exit of the jungle to Jalan Tekuk Bahang takes about 30 minutes.

View to Sungai Pinang
First view to Sungai Pinang north of Balik Pulau at West Penang

The cement road good split in two, I decided to take the left which went steep down. This was clearly a trail made by farmers to have access to their durian plantation.

On the paths to Sungai Pinang
This tricky junction is deceiving. I came from the right small path
and went the path to my back. Where the left trail goes, I don't know.

Finally I arrived at the junction. Now the small path I had walked joined a wider trail (see photo above). I do not know where the other half of the junction went to but I followed the trail further down. Soon it swindled quickly down and I could hear motorized traffic. Jalan Teluk Bahang (road #6) was just below me. I could see the fruit farm a bit further on.

On the paths to Sungai Pinang
Last view to the Balik Pulau flatlands before reaching the main road

Once on the main road, I waited for the 501 bus which took me back to Balik Pulau. Should you want to go back to George Town, you can take any 501 as one goes to Balik Pulau from where you can take the 502 to George Town or the reverse 501 to Teluk Bahang and from there the 101 back to Batu Ferringhi and George Town.

5 way junction to Sungai Pinang map

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Special Hiking Tours in Penang

Join us on our special hiking tours in Penang. We will bring you around in the jungle of the Botanical Gardens. Our tours include:

  • Botanical Gardens: Lily Pond - Waterfall
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Hiking in Penang around Botanical Gardens

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Hiking to Tiger Hill and Penang Hill

This is a reasonable popular hiking trail in the hills. The trek takes about 3-4 hours to Tiger Hill and another to Penang Hill.

Hiking to Tiger Hill and Penang Hill


Air Itam and the Old Ridge Path

Another trail to Tiger Hill following the Air Itam side of the hills towards the Old Ridge Path from where you can hike further to Tiger Hill, Balik Pulau or back to Air Itam via 5 Way Junction

Air Itam and the Old Ridge Path


5 Way Junction to Air Putih

From 5 Way Junction it's a nice 3 hour walk through forest and farm fields.

5 Way Junction to Air Putih


Second trail to Sungai Pinang (blue trail)

The second of the trails to Sungai Pinang, this one, like the red trail) is first class walking!

5 Way Junction to Balik Pulau


Balik Pulau, Ngoh Han Hill Temple, Cheng Kon Sze and Paya Terubong

This is a challenging hike of 5-6 hours through orchards, farms, secondary rainforest and back via the United Hokkien cemeteries to Paya Terubong. It's a beautiful hike!.

Balik Pulau, Ngoh Han Hill Temple, Cheng Kon Sze and Paya Terubong

View to Paya Terubong


Hiking to Ngoh Han Hill and Ngoh Han Hill Temple

This 3-4 hours hike is a great alternative if you don't want to do the Tiger Hill hike but still want your adventure in the hills of Penang and find some awesome jungle waterfalls.

Waterfall to be found on the hike to Ngoh Han Hill

Hiking to Ngoh Han Hill and Ngoh Han Temple


5 Way Junction to Balik Pulau

This is, if you can't find the right trail, a very crazy trail. Take the right trail and it takes 3 hours, the wrong trail takes almost double. Here's the story:


Air Itam Dam to Balik Pulau

This is an interesting option. The trail can easily be cycled and hiked. You'll pass beautiful tropical rainforest and cultivated areas with fruit farms, a wonderful day out in the heart of Penang with an option to visit the Ngoh Han Temple with spectacular views to Balik Pulau.

View to Balik Pulau from the Ngoh Han Temple

Air Itam Dam to Balik Pulau


Balik Pulau to Air Putih

A less explored area in the Balik Pulau area leads from the bus station/market via the Catholic Cemetery to Air Putih with some sidetrack excursions possible. This trail can be done on foot or bicycle.

Balik Pulau to Air Putih