News: Use Penang Hill for Luxury Camping

Dec 12, 2018


Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant) is urging the state government to turn Penang Hill into a site for glamourous camping (glamping), reported The Star.

Basically, glamping means spending nights outdoors in high-end tents that comes with all the essential stuff.

“That is just the thing Penang Hill can offer. People from around the world can pitch their tents on the existing gentle slopes to enjoy a breath- taking view of George Town and the mainland,” said Chant adviser Yan Lee.

“With the cooling temperatures after sunset, visitors to Penang Hill can spend the night experiencing the great outdoors with little impact to the environment.”

Instead of constructing boutique hotels, the authorities can transform the existing government-owned bungalows there into facilities for glampers. With this, there will be little need for adding new structures or extensions.

In particular, the area close to the 215-year-old Convalescent Bungalow can cater to “five-star” glamping in the form of high-end tents, while less luxurious tents can be set-up in Coolie Line.

He even exhibited to the media cabin-like tents utilised in Australia for glamping measuring over 9 sq m. These are also equipped with king-size beds, luxury bathrooms and porches.

Moreover, Yan Lee is urging the state government to hold an international architectural competition for Penang Hill’s restoration and development plans.

“The state can put the top five designs up for public display and let the public vote for the designs they like.” The government can also turn the contest into a reality show like those seen on TV shows.

While the state government will have the final decision on which design will be selected, he urged the authorities to allow Penangites to participate in the development.

“Holding a public design competition for Penang Hill will be much more transparent than making a request for proposal,” noted Yan Lee.

He said this after Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow brought up an old proposal to construct hotels on the top of Penang Hill due to strong demand for more accommodations there.

While some people criticised the plan, Chow eventually clarified that any development there will follow the Penang Hill Local Plan of 1998 and Penang Hill Special Area Plan of 2016.


Image source: The Star


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