The Tropical Spice Garden in Penang is a little paradise at paradise island. Am I exaggerating? I don't think so. The garden gets their share of visitors but it is still mostly ignored by the masses.
When the first explorers came from Europe in the 14th, 15th century, they must have been overwhelmed by the sights and smells of the new discovered world.
Many species in the jungle were unknown to the European explorers and even today, there's still a lot to discover in the jungle. New spices are still found. And soon the spices found their way to Europe.
The Tropical Spice Garden is located in between Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang in the north west corner of Penang.
The garden plan is laid out on one of the many hill slopes which feeds the garden with fresh water out of the hills and creates some small waterfalls. The result is a small but very rich jungle.
There are over 500 of local an introduced flora from all over the world with an emphasize on tropical herbs and spices in an area of 8 acres. To get a good idea of the spices, there are 3 trails set out with each their own characteristics:
Each trail is easy to walk and takes 20 to 45 minutes. It's a good idea to buy a ground plan of the Tropical Spice Garden even though each trail has it's own color arrows. For each plant you will find explanations about the plant is used, either medicinal, edible, coloring, poisonous etc.
Although the trails are clearly set out with extensive information, a guided tour is also possible. A guided tour is offered for a minimum of 10 people. Customized tours for schools are available.
The Spice Museum
The Tropical Spice Garden has a small but very interesting Spice Museum with history of spices and how they are used.
Here you find some traditional kitchen tools and utilities and explanations about the spice routes and trails fro Asia to Europe.
The 3 Monkeys Cafe
The 3 Monkeys Cafe has great views over the Teluk Bahang bay. Enjoy the coolness under the trees with a cup of spice tea and a meal and dream away.
The Garden Shop
A spice garden without a garden shop is unthinkable. The Garden Shop has garden accessories, organic fertilizers and tips for anyone interested in starting/maintaining your own garden.
The Gift Shop
The small Gift Shop has an amazing array of items related to spices. From souvenirs to t-shirts, toiletries to literature, caps and stationary designed exclusively for the Spice Garden. (watch out for your head!).
If you have something special to celebrate, you can hire the Spice Garden.
Opening hours and Getting there and away
The Tropical Spice Garden is daily open from 9 am to 6pm. Along the Teluk Bahang road there is free parking available. Should you come by bus, any bus from Komtar Bus station to Teluk Bahang in Georgetown will drop you at the front gate. There are frequent buses to and from Teluk Bahang.
If you stay in Batu Ferringhi, it's about one kilometer walk or get a bus/taxi to Teluk Bahang.
Traditional Cooking Class Penang
The Traditional Cooking Class Penang includes a wet market tour and will teach you to cook Malay and Nyonya food, the traditional way. Occasionally Nazlina will do special roti canai classes.
Butterfly Farm Penang Teluk Bahang
The Butterfly Park in Penang is a must visit for visitor to this part of the island. You can combine a visit to the Teluk Bahang National Park with a visit to the Butterfly Park
It's a small National Park, but big enough to spend a day hiking and enjoying the beaches. The unspoiled lush jungle has many secrets. Tip, get a book and let you drop of at Pantai Kerachut, bring lunch and hike back.
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