Penang, Malaysia



Botanic Gardens

Penang Botanic Gardens
Penang Botanic Gardens (Taman Kebun Bunga) is a public park located at Jalan Kebun Bunga (Waterfall Road). The botanical gardens was developed from an old quarry site and established in 1884 under the supervision of Charles Curtis of Britain. Penang Botanic Gardens is often referred by the locals as "Waterfall Gardens" because of a little waterfall located within it. Take the Rapid Penang bus no.10 departing from Weld Quay (near the ferry terminal) and stopping at KOMTAR, Penang Road, Burma Road and Macalister Road before ending its journey at the gardens.

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Entrance to Penang Botanic Gardens is free and opens daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The garden occupies an area of 29 hectares featuring wide open lawns, patches of tropical rain-forest and collections of plants including rare species housed in several conservatories. Wild monkeys used to roam near the forested areas but their numbers today have decline tremendously. The gardens is a popular recreational spot and many come here to perform their daily exercises like walking, jogging, jungle trekking and even to practice Tai Chi or Qi Gong. From the Moon Gate (300 metres from the gardens) and within the gardens, there are trails leading to the summit of Penang Hill.

Penang Botanic Garden

Penang Botanic Gardens

Tropical Spice Garden
The Tropical Spice Garden is located in a valley fronting the shores of Teluk Bahang between Bayview Beach Resort and Mutiara Hotel. The landscaped garden is divided into three trails and a walk through each trail takes 20-45 minutes. The garden is home to more than 500 varieties of tropical plants including herbs and spices from Malaysia and around the world. Plant collections include ferns, wild orchids, bananas, nutmeg, sugar cane, bamboo, lemon grass, ginger and various aquatic plants. Beyond the landscaped garden, there is also a museum, cafe, gift shop and garden shop.

Tropical Spice Garden, Penang

Entrance to Tropical Spice Garden

Bukit Jambul Orchid, Hibiscus & Reptile Garden
This garden is a two hectare park located at Persiaran Bukit Jambul (Jambul Hill Road), close to Hotel Equatorial and about 10 minutes from Penang International Airport. The garden opens daily from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. The garden is home to several varieties of orchids and hibiscus including rare species. The garden is also home to several reptiles including a rare large albino python, iguanas, terrapins and a 100 year old tortoise.  

Tropical Fruit Farm
This 25-acre farm is located in the scenic hills near Balik Pulau. From Teluk Bahang, you can take the Rapid Penang bus no. 501 to the Tropical Fruit Farm. There are mo
re than 300 varieties of fruit trees here including nutmeg, papaya, bananas, rambutan, durian, sour sop, coffee and dragon fruit. You can sample the fresh fruits at reasonable prices and there is a small stall near the entrance selling fresh fruit juices and dishes. You can also enjoy a great view of the north-western coastline of Penang Island.

Penang Durian Farm
The Penang Durian Farm is located about 10 minutes from the Teluk Bahang Dam. The fruit orchard is planted with several varieties of durian as well as other tropical fruits including mangosteen, starfruit, longan, guava, jack fruit, pomelo, dragon fruit and mangoes. The orchard offers a d
urian buffet (early reservation required) and a variety of tropical fruits during the local fruit and durian season from May to August.
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