A picturesque place for a gentle stroll with family, a jog or a hike. Visitors are treated to a breathtaking panorama of George Town from the 800-feet crest of the dam.
What to Expect?
Air Itam Dam has been said to be the first dam to be built on Penang island and the first major engineering project by George Town's City Council. At 700 feet above sea level, the water catchment area is around the corner from Penang Hill. Building or construction of the dam was between 1958 and 1962 and the then Governor of Penang, Raja Tun Uda Al-Haj bin Raja Muhamad officially opened the dam on 8 Dec 1962. Today, it's a favourite spot for joggers and also for picnics. There's a great panoramic view of George Town from its peak. This dam is one of three dams on Penang island, the other two being Teluk Bahang Dam and Mengkuang Dam.
The Air Itam Dam is a picturesque place for a gentle stroll, a jog or a hike. Surrounded by verdant hills and on a clear day, a bright blue sky, the dam is a popular place during the weekends. Visitors are treated to a breathtaking panorama of George Town from the 800-feet crest of the dam.
There are different hiking trails that differ in duration to suit your capacity. The shortest trail clocks in at one hour and the longest one can be completed within four hours. Going on a hike can be an alternative way to experiencing the Penang landscape.
Janelle Ann2 months ago
Couldn’t get Grab so hike uphill from hotel ard 3km. Views are ok, did not explore the entire area as I was heading towards Tiger Hill.
Eremice3 months ago
As I've been living in Switzerland, the previous comment of a Malaysian made me laugh: "A must visit place if you have a strong car. Otherwise don't go there its very high."
For the few who like to walk, it is possible to go up from the temple to the Air Itam Dam, At 65 years old, my wife and I took 90mn taking time to take pictures, and 45mn to go back down. Halfway up, a well-deserved break will offer you a beautiful panorama on the Kek Lok temple with the Straits of Malacca in the background. When you arrive at the reservoir, some monkeys will greet you. A walk around the lake allows you to enjoy the fresh air, the calm and avoid the humidity of the city.
Kelvin Webb5 months ago
Loved this place and came upon it by chance after a visit to Kek Lok Si temple. Just keep driving further up, past the Kuan Yin temple.
We arrived around half five and it was cooling down. There was lots of joggers and walkers with a few cyclists mixed in.
It takes maybe 40 minutes to walk around the reservoir. It's really nice. There's monkeys, birds and the usual wildlife but didn't see any snakes unfortunately.
Parking for cars and bikes on site.
It's free. There's no charge.
Tjiah Tjongin the last week
What more can you ask when the very existence of scenic views are right in front of your eyes, an abundant of fresh air, exceptionally peaceful environment, lots of greenery the closest mother nature has to offer, a place to work out; whether its running, jogging, walking or having a ride on a bike and most importantly its free.
Here's a perfect place for the family to get together to enjoy each others company either on a weekend or holidays. Put away your phones for once and enjoy the scintillating time without interference. You'll be amazed with the beauty it has to offer.
I enjoyed coming here so much and will never stop coming. For once I won't complaint.
For those who has yet to give it a try, put on your shoes and get your butts out, do not be hesitant to enjoy the wonders of our creator. You won't regret for a second spend here.
Kar Weng4 months ago
This place is a literal heaven in disguise. Fresh morning air, full of greeneries, magnificent elevated views and a walking track suitable for any age/fitness level, you have to at least experience this gem once in your life.
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