PENANG / PULAU PINANG - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

PLACES OF INTEREST : Nature Attraction

 
 

PENANG HILL

 

Malaysia?s first hill station, Penang Hill is 830 metres (2730ft) above sea level. Visitors can ascend to the top by either hiking up or by travelling in the funicular train which has been operational since 1922.

 

Apart from the cool, refreshing climate and fantastic view at the summit, visitors can also view a Sautiful flower garden and bird park. There are picturesque bungalows and a hotel as well. Refreshments and snacks are sold at a convenient tea kiosk located on top of the hill.

 

There is a good four-hour walking trail up the hill which is recommended only for the more energetic. The jungle trail begins at the Moongate on lalan Air Terjun, approximately 300 metres from the entrance of the Penang Botanical Gardens.

 

Funicular train schedule:

6.30am - 9.15pm (Sunday - Thursday)

6.30am - 11.15pm (Friday & Saturday)

 

Tel: 04 - 828 3263

 
 
 

BOTANICAL GARDEN

 

The Botanical Garden is an oasis of peace and tranquility with lush green surroundings and vibrant the colours of Penang?s tropical flora. The 30-hectare garden also features a waterfall. Created in 1884 by the British, it was meant as a tribute to Charles Curtis, its first superintendent who collected botanical specimens from the surrounding hills which have since become significant samples in the world?s major herbariums. The garden is also well known for their Rhesus monkeys.

 

Opening hours: 5.00am - 8.00pm

Tel: 04 - 227 0428

 
 
 

TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN

 

Situated in Teluk Bahang, the garden is set within a hidden enclave amidst streams and waterfalls. It has over 500 exotic varieties of plants depicting some examples from a microcosm of diverse ecosystems over some eight acres of land. Paths like Ginger Walk, Fern Walk, Bamboo Garden, Water Garden and Sugar Terrace enable visitors to get a feel of the plant life, birds and insects in a natural tropical environment.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm (Last admission at 530pm)

Tel: 04 -881 1797

 
 
 

TROPICAL FRUIT FARM

 

Discover an exotic agro tourism experience at the Tropical Fruit Farm in Teluk Bahang. Spread over 25 acres of hilly terrain, the farm contains orchards that produce over 200 tropical and subtropical fruits including durians, lychees, mangoes, guavas and several lesser known varieties. The farm arranges several tours daily for visitors who would like to view the orchards and sample the wide assortment of locally grown fruits.

 

Must do:

  • Sample the wide assortment of locally grown fruits

  • Tour the farm and learn about the various cultivation processes

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm (closed on Tuesdays)

 

Admission fee:

  • Tour, fruit tasting & juice RM25 Adult, RM17 Child

  • Tour and BBQ lunch RM48 Adult, RM43 Child

  • Tour and BBQ dinner RM58 Adult, RM48 Child

 

Tel: 04 229 3841 / 227 6223 / 866 5168

 
 
 

BUKIT JAMBUL ORCHID & HIBISCUS GARDEN

 

A short drive away from the Penang Airport at Balik Pulau is the Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden. A wide variety of colourful orchids and hibiscus plants can be seen here. There is also a Reptile House in the grounds.

 
 
 

PENANG BUTTERFLY FARM

 

The farm spans 0.8 hectares and is home to 3000 living specimens from over 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. It features a lily pond, rock garden, tunnel, bubbling mud pool and artificial waterfalls. Also within the farm are a garden enclosure, breeding area, laboratory, exhibition area, souvenir shop and information centre.

 

Opening hours:

9.00am - 5.00pm (Weekdays)

9.00am - 6.00pm (weekends / last admission at 5.30pm)

 

Tel: 04 - 885 1253

 
 
 

PENANG BIRD PARK

 

The park spans 5 acres and houses some 800 birds from all over the world. It is beautifully landscaped and features a walk-in aviary, a pond with ducks and swans, ornamental ponds abounding with water lilies, Japanese Carps and ornamental plants.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 7.00pm

Tel: 04- 399 1899

 
 
 

PENANG FAMED BEACHES

 

 

Penang?s northern shoreline is famous for its beautiful beaches. The beaches at Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang offer expansive stretches of glittering sand interspersed with secluded coves. It is along this famous coastline that resorts of international standard have sprouted up, offering a host of water sports. If you crave for privacy, head for Teluk Duyung, Pantai Keracut and Pantai Mas. These beaches are accessible via the trails in the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve from Teluk Bahang. The Pasir Panjang beach at the southwestern tip of the island is a good clean stretch for swimming and can be reached after a 25-minute hike over hilly terrain from Betong.

 
 
 

TELUK BAHANG RECREATIONAL FOREST

 

The recreational forest in Teluk Bahang, has flowering plants and ferns and numerous species of insects, exotic birds, butterflies, snakes and lizards. There is also a forestry museum which specialises in forestry exhibits.

 
 
 

PULAU AMAN

 

Pulau Aman or ?island of peace? is about 2.5 nautical miles from mainland, just off the southern coast of Seberang Perai. The nearest town is Bukit Tambun from which a 30-minute boat ride gets one to the island. Boats from Batu Maung and Batu Uban also take passengers on a 45-ni mute journey to the island. The 288-acre island is an idyllic fishing village populated by some 300 people who mostly comprise elderly folk and children. Fishing, water sports and jungle trekking are some of the popular activities for holidaymakers. There are some chalets and homestays at affordable rates.

 
 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Nature Attraction
PENANG / PULAU PINANG - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA