Natural Gateways & Parks

Minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Penang’s natural heritage: her emerald green hills and golden sandy beaches. Leisure activities are varied - tennis to golf, riding to scuba diving. Penang is one place where you can jog, cycle, sunbathe, sail, beachcomb, snorkel and windsurf.

Beaches and fishing villages

Most activities are centered around Batu Ferringhi, where most of the popular beach resorts are located. Their facilities include waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, water scooters, and waterskiing. This prime stretch of beach is always a hive of activity with elite nightspots and restaurants which come to life in the evening.

Further down is the equally lovely Teluk Bahang Beach, which is home to kampungs and a fishing village. If privacy is preferred, head for the secluded beaches of Teluk Duyung, Monkey Beach, Pantai Kerachut and Pantai Mas which are accessible via the trails in the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve from Teluk Bahang.

Botanic Gardens, Jalan Air Terjun

This 30-hectare sprawling garden of flora and fauna is a favourite recreation spot for locals. Central to the Gardens is a waterfall that start over a hundred metres above, hence its more popular moniker of "Waterfall Gardens". Today, the waterfall is a restricted area and hidden from public view by the green foliage.

For more information on Penang Botanic Gardens,
visit its official website at

Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +6 04 2270 428, 2271 354 (direct line)
Opens: Daily from 5.00am - 8.00pm
Admission is free.

Penang Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang

Located at Teluk Bahang, 20km from George Town, the Butterfly Farm covers an area of 0.8 hectare. Visitors can marvel at the hundreds of species of butterflies and local insects in their natural habitat.

The best time to visit is in the late morning or early afternoon, when the butterflies are most active.

Visiting Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Admission: RM 12.50 (adult), RM 6.25 (child from 5-12 years of age); Free for children below 5 years of age.
Address: No 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang
Tel: +6 04 885 1253 •

Penang Hill

Penang Hill is actually made up of a series of hills which rise above the island. The peak stands at 821 metres above sea level, which makes it a cool getaway from the tropical heat below.

The hill is accessible via a funicular train which was first opened for use in 1923. The train operates in two sections and passengers change railcars at midpoint. It takes about half an hour to reach the summit and the train service operates at half hour intervals.

Alternatively, the fit and adventurous can hike up the hill from the many hiking trails available – the most popular trails start at access points close to the Botanic Gardens. The hike itself is about 6.7 km or 4.5 miles long, which will take hikers an average of 2 to 4 hours, depending on level of fitness.

Upon reaching the summit, one is rewarded with a panoramic view of Penang island. There are also old bungalows, a hotel, restaurant, bird park and walking trails which are worth checking out.

Penang National Park

The Penang National Park along Pantai Acheh may be the country’s smallest National Park but it is Malaysia’s precious little emerald.

With plenty of well-marked jungle trials (for the super fit and fit-at-heart), a pristine beach (Pantai Kerachut) and magical Meromictic Lake (a body of sea water and fresh water that does NOT mix!), it is an eco-paradise second to none.

Remember to plan for nice long walk to Muka Head and make sure you stop by the old lighthouse. Built in 1883 (yes, it’s still operational), the lighthouse is open to visitors. If the walk back later seems too much, just hail a fishing boat – most local boat owners double up as water cabbies here!

Tropical Spice Garden, Jalan Teluk Bahang

Tropical Spice Garden provides an enchanting escape for tired souls' it is a garden of discovery for those who miss out on simple pleasures like walking barefoot on dewy grass or stopping to smell the flowers. If you are in need of stress therapy to invigorate your body and mind, this microcosm of diverse ecosystems is the perfect respite!

Address: Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11100 Penang
Tel: +6 04 881 1797
Opens: Daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm.
Last admission at 5.30 pm.

Admission fees to the Spice Gardens:
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): RM28 (self-guided) or RM45 (tour guided) Adult RM13 (self guided) or RM20 (tour guided) Child (aged 4-12): RM5 (self or tour guided); Free for children under 4 years of age

Admission fee to the Visitor Centre: RM1 (Free for children accompanied by parents)
Includes admission to the Spice Museum, Garden Shop, Gift Shop and Spice Café.


Tropical Fruit Farm, Jalan Teluk Bahang

Tropical fruit farm is situated at about 900 ft above sea level on the hilly terrain of Teluk Bahang, the orchard covers 25 acres and it was developed back in 1993 to converse the rare and exotic fruit trees and to educate and promote to the locals as well as foreigners on the gift that our land is blessed.

Opens: 9.00am to 6.00pm daily
Address: Batu 18, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Penang
Tel: 04-227 6223








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