Penang Botanical Gardens, George Town

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Stroll around the city's "green lung" at Penang Botanical Gardens. Established by the British on the site of an old granite quarry in 1884, the public gardens stretch out across 29 hectares (72 acres). Amble across the scenery to find the famous trees that live here, many with evocative nicknames like "the five o'clock tree" (its buds close just before dark). If you need a little exercise during your trip, come here for a jog, jungle trekking, or aerobics. Spot the many animals that call the park home, with long-tailed macaques, dusky leaf monkeys, and black giant squirrels among the favorites. Penang Botanical Gardens is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, George Town Edition.
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  • Magnificent garden where you can walk admiring its vegetation. Very careful and interesting collection of local and foreign plants. Highly recommended visit, forgetting a little of the hustle and bustle of George Town
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  • Quite well laid out garden with signs mentioning special things of interest. Quite easy walking in most areas but a buggy ride is available at the entrance. We found several of the exhibits in enclosu...  more »
  • Did a couple of laps with marvelous secluded walks to lily pond and stone paved paths near the streams. There are lots of monkeys over a place and some other animals, like monitor lizards, gekkos and ...  more »
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  • Great place to jog and have a brisk walk after work. Its quiet, full of lush greenery and I like that all trees have names so you can learn those too. However, be mindful of the monkeys around. Do not carry food into the gardens and walk the other way if faced with a Male monkey baring its teeth - The mums and babies are cute though 😊
  • The botanical garden offers a relief from the busy city. The tracks in garden are easy walk. For a bit of adventure follow the track to the ruin of a surveyor’s hut. Entrance near the Lilly pond. There are a great selection of plants and trees with QR codes detailing each species. If you are keen for group fitness you can find groups there practicing. Look for the information near the botanical garden shop. You can also go for a ride. And beware of the monkey.
  • We love to go to this park and just walk around. It is a very large park with a lot of natural beauty. There is also a tram if you prefer to ride around. It is a great place for adults and children also. There are many monkeys there and some large lizards as well, which are interesting to watch. This is a great place to just kick back and enjoy the day. There is no entry fee and it only costs if you want to ride the tram. We have been here many times and will go back often.
  • There is a "trail #5" that leads to 30 minutes climbing hill. There is a scenic viewing on the top. I like bird watching and the trail is too dense for looking at birds. The park across the street from the hill is much better. Just choose a spot to sit down from many benches, and the Botanical Garden's birds collection will start to fly in.
  • Growing up, I seem to recall that the Botanical Gardens is famous for its monkeys. My countless trip to this famous park as a child, I missed out on the wondrous collection of trees, plants and well manicured gardens. Thankfully, this park is really well maintained and its natural beauty is still all there for all to enjoy. Great for a run, hike, casual stroll or picnic with friends and family (but please don't feed the monkeys).
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