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Penang Bird Park
The Penang Bird Park occupies a generous landscaped site in Seberang Jaya. Within its beautifully-designed aviaries are over four hundred species of birds from all over the world. Man-made islands with cascades, gardens, and ornamental plants abound. The park also contains a wide variety of orchids and hibiscus plants.
Orchid and Hibiscus Garden
This intimate park at Bukit Jambul includes the Orchid and Hibiscus Garden and a Reptile Farm. Attractions include an ornamental Japanese pond, a cacti garden, a pottery corner, a deer park, and cascades.
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Park
Located approximately 18 km from Butterworth ferry terminal, this park covers a wide area of hilly terrain that ascends several hundred meters above sea level. Its cool hill air encourages a profusion of ferns, ephiphytes and wild flowers, as well as exotic butterflies, birds and insects. For the adventurous, there are numerous jungle tracks leading to the heart of the forest.
Penang Butterfly Farm
Located at Teluk Bahang, the Butterfly Farm has hundreds of species of butterflies and insects amidst landscaped tropical gardens. Opens daily from 9am to 5pm
The Botanical Gardens offer peace and tranquility amidst lush green surroundings, tropical plants, and the vibrant colors of Penang's flora. The 30-hectare garden also features a waterfall. Created in 1884 by the British, it was meant as a tribute to Charles Curtis, the garden's first superintendent. Curtis collected botanical specimens from the surrounding hills--specimens which have since become significant samples in the world's major herbaria. The gardens are also well-known for their bold Rhesus monkeys. Admission: Free. Opening Hours: 7.00 am - 7.00pm.
Batu Ferringhi Beach
In the 70's this beach town was all the rage for dreamers, dissidents and free spirits. Today development has definitely made its mark, but Batu Ferringhi is the best known, most popular and still a great beach destination to hang out. There are plenty of resorts, restaurants and hawkers stalls to keep you occupied if you get bored of lying in the sun, and the attitude around town remains typically Penang relaxed. Reports suggest that this is also the best nightlife destination on the island.
Bukit Jambul Orchid, Hibiscus & Reptile Garden
This place is open from 9.30am to 6.30pm daily with last entry being at 5.30pm. This is place has a vast collection of orchids and hibiscus. Besides plants, visitors can also view exotic reptiles. Snake shows are on every Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
At 800 metres above sea level, Penang Hill provides a cool retreat and a good view over the island. A half-hour ride by cable train from Air Itam will take you to the top. It is also accessible by nature trails from the Botanical Gardens (see above). The six kilometres hike takes an average person between 3 to 4 hours. Bird watchers and nature lovers will enjoy the thousands of species of flora and fauna discovered there. There are also holiday bungalows available for rent.