|Nature Attraction and Beauty|
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|Monday, 07 July 2008 14:28|
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.
Ayer Itam Dam
One of the most popular and scenic spots for exercise enthusiasts is the Ayer Itam Dam.
Located above the famous Kek Lok Si Temple in the Ayer Itam village on the outskirts of George Town, the Dam is Penang’s answer to the Hoover Dam in USA or the Aswan Dam in Egypt, although at a smaller scale. Click here for full story.
The Aquarium of the Fisheries Research Institute, Batu Maung
Have you ever visited an aquarium? If you have not, now's the time to see and touch our diverse marine wonders at the Fisheries Research Institute aquarium at Batu Maung. What are you waiting for? Click here for full story
The hills of Balik Pulau abound with clove and nutmeg trees which bear fruit in November to January and July. Or savour durian, a seasonal fruit which is the luscious king of fruits.
Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, Bukit Jambul
Home to exotic snakes, birds and plants, the two hectare Bukit Jambul Orchid & Hibiscus Garden and Reptile House are located along Persiaran Bukit Jambul, close to the Hotel Equatorial; only a leisurely 5-minute drive away from the Penang International Airport. Click here for full story
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 houses an international beach resort and 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.
Botanical 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.
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
The Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest lies 457 metres above sea level and covers an area of 37 hectares. Some locals refer to Bukit Mertajam as Bukit Ubat (or medicinal hill) because of the therapeutic qualities attributed to it – people with minor ailments actually claim of feeling relieved after a hike. One of the more popular parks on the mainland, it is usually packed with people during holidays. Facilites include a swimming pool, camping and picnic spots, jungle treks and comfortable accomodation.
Bukit Panchor Recreational Forest
Located 10km from Nibong Tebal or 50km from George Town lies the Bukit Panchor Recreational Forest – an ideal getaway for picnics, camping and jungle trekking. A perfect place for the family.
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 Esplanade: A microcosm of Penang's colourful legacy
No well-planned and picturesque city is ever complete without a park and George Town is no exception. Parks can range from grand landscapes like Central Park in New York City or Hyde Park in London, to modest affairs like Penang's Esplanade, landing point of Francis Light and home to a historical battle fort. Click here for full story.
Kampung Seronok, Batu Maung
The name "Kampung Seronok" originated from a suggestion by an English engineer, D.W. Grehan who had, on a number of occasions, shared in the joy and merrymaking of the kampung folk, the the days shortly after the Japanese Surrender.
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.
Penang National Park - our little green pocket
The Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) is one of the few natural forested areas left on the island. It is also currently the world's smallest national park.
Pulau Jerejak is only minutes away from Penang city life yet tucked away among the magnificence of a lush tropical rainforest; also known as the "virgin jungle" island as it is one of the few reamining preserves of primary forest in Malaysia. A virtually undisturbed island graced with the rich diversity of 362ha of over 210 species of flora and fauna. Towering tropical trees, lingering lianas and exotic orchids prove to be shelters to some of the most remarkable living creatures, such as the Monitor Lizard and the White-Bellied Sea Eagle.
Pulau Aman in Bahasa malaysia means "island of peace" and as its name suggests, it is the gateway to tranquility and serenity. Situated on an island covering and area of 288 acres, it is 2.5 nautical miles from the mainland just off the coast of Seberang Perai's southern district. The nearest town is Bukit Tambun.
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. Click here for full story
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! Click here for full story
Nested under a canopy of mature trees, the Youth Park is Penang's largest recreational area. Today it boasts new outdoor adult exercise machines, children's outdoor pools and play equipmant, lush tropical gardens vibrant with colour, and quiet conversation corners.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2009 23:09|