Attraction Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016
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Why Tropical Spice Garden is special ?
Set just up the road from the Teluk Bahang junction, Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden is an eight-acre collection of secondary jungle with some 500 species of flora and fauna. Southeast Asia’s only tropical spice garden is a good place to spend the afternoon with your kids – the nature conservation complex features three garden trails that take you on 20-45 minute journeys past stream crossings, waterfalls and structures made of recycled organic materials. The award-winning farm was set up utilizing predominantly natural and recycled building materials salvaged from pre-war shop houses or sourced from local antique stores.
What to explore at Tropical Spice Garden?
With more than 500 varieties of tropical herbs and spices, you can rest assure that the nature sight and sound from the Tropical Spice Garden will offer you a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Upon entering the Tropical Spice Garden, you can feel the nice aroma of perfume plant that welcome your every visit. Your walk towards the gardens trail begins at the front office. From there, you'll need to follows the trails that are provided to experience yourself the beautiful many locals hang out. There are also a few nice local places to enjoy a meal.
Source : http://www.penang-vacations.com
- A feast for the senses
- Relaxing and Harmony
- Tranquil Spice Garden
- An amazing space
- A beautiful place to visit
Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2, Penang Island, Malaysia
Tips for you
Should take the guided tour! Much more interesting with explanations and extra informations. If you take the class do no eat before as you get to eat the food you made. If you go on self guided tour - Plan your own route and watch out for the educational information of particular plants of interest and all the tropical garden features.Things to do
Ensure you give yourself plenty of time so you can relax on the bench swing, look for the lizards, read and listen to all the information and bask in the wonder of nature. You need to be prepared to walk on a hilly garden. So, wearing a pair of running shoes will definitely be your best bet.Experience
I live in Penang, whenever we have visitors, we book a cooking class and a tour of the spice gardens. So far I've taken classes with Pearly and Sugu. Both classes were fun and delicious learning experiences. Now I skillfully cook with local spices such as pandan and chili leaf, and my guests depart having had an uplifting and enriching experience.
Did a guided our of the spice garden while in penang recently and absolutely loved it, which was quite unexpected as gardens aren't usually our thing. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate and shared some great knowledge with us about the uses of different plants and trees in the garden. The garden itself is beautiful and easy to navigate. I bought some great citronella spray in the gift shop which has worked really well in Malaysia and is a natural alternative to other repellents.
There were five in our group, two couples and one single, all in our 50s. We stopped on an "around the island tour" and took a guided tour of the spice garden. We all found the garden very pretty with lots of great photo spots. Our guide was very informative and interesting, he had a lot of information about the plants, including their medicinal properties. Although on the side of the hill we had no trouble with the terrain. Toward the end of our tour we saw the cooking school and as it was something we were all interested in we booked it for a couple of days later.We took the Nyonya class with Pearly Kee , there were 3 others in the class so a total of 8 of us. We all thoroughly enjoyed our class and Pearly not only taught us about the cooking but also some history about the Nyonya people.Visited February 2012
We went to the Tropical Spice Garden to do a cooking course with Rohana and had a fantastic time. She was a fantastic teacher and we loved the meal we cooked! Plus she was really good fun and so we really enjoyed her company throughout the class. I would definitely recommend this to anyone going to Penang. The setting of the garden was lovely as well, we had a tour from 'Uncle Danny' before the class which we also really enjoyed. He was very funny and knowledgeable, plus the garden was very beautiful. We had a drink in the Tree Monkey cafe (I think that was the name) afterwards, this was decorated really nicely, very chilled and pretty, plus overlooked the sea. If you're coming from Georgetown then it takes between 45mins-1hour to get to but the drive is really interesting as you go through Batu Ferranghi and mainly drive along the coast.
Joined a nice cooking class for expats in Mar 2011 before they officially started the program. Restaurant has nice menu & service. Loved the herbs in the shop too!