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Tropical Spice Garden, Penang Island

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Explore the landscaped grounds at Tropical Spice Garden to see over 500 species of plants and trees. Set in over 3 hectares (8 acres) of secondary rainforest, this award-winning ecotourism site is crisscrossed by boardwalks that let you move over the changing terrain with ease. Take a guided tour of the garden to see nutmeg, tumeric, and ginger growing in their natural environment, then stop in the outdoor cafe to enjoy a meal as monkeys swing in the trees overhead. Consider taking a cooking course, where qualified instructors teach you how to prepare some of the staple dishes in Malay, Nyonya, and Indian cuisine. For Tropical Spice Garden and beyond, use our Teluk Bahang vacation builder to get the most from your Teluk Bahang vacation.
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  • You hear a lot about the architecture, the food, the cultural delights and the street art of Penang but not so much of the wonderful trees and other plentiful plants that are also so much a part of th...  more »
  • Ventured here with my elderly mother, who was visiting Penang for the first time. Both of us loved this beautifully designed tropical garden, built around a lush gully. Even if the 60 or so spices and...  more »
  • Wonderful walk through their gardens and listened to the audio on all the 60 trees/plants. Learnt lots of new facts and was very interesting. Loved the shop with all the spices, teas, etc. The restaur...  more »
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  • A very bad place. Not really well maintained. You'd get to see more wild grass than there are spices. Not recommended. Waste of time and money. The whole place is filled with mosquitoes too. The only thing that can wow me is the swing hung high up in the trees.
  • If you can, sign up for the cooking class. They have this fun cooking class inside of the garden, it's the best part of the trip. The teacher and her assistant will slowly walk you thru the steps and ingredients needed to cook few local dishes from appetizer to dessert. We get to cook all the dishes with her instruction, than eat it for lunch and the best parts is no clean up of the dishes at the end. :-)
  • Well maintained. The audio assistance was useful, by enabling one to go at one's own pace. (Note: this makes it difficult for members of a group to move together ). Markers on the ground showing the route would have been useful. Those who are interested in nature, spare at least 3 hours for the visit. Worth it, for you need time to soak in the serene atmosphere and smell of nature. Enjoyed.
  • The 101 bus stops at the front entrance. It's a beautiful garden. Though there is a slide park area, it sits on a hillside that is not easily accessible since the trek to this spot is exhausting for kids under 5. Strollers are best left behind so this means you'll need to carry the youngest kids on unpaved, hilly paths. There was tea sampling station that was superb. There are tour guides available otherwise you can rent an electronic guide. There's a wonderful restaurant at the end of the tour that you can relax on the deck with refreshing drinks.
  • A beautiful garden for those who love nature and would like to learn more about spices from the Malay Archipelago. For those who find the audio guide a little erratic, feel free to approach the staff there. I find them to be friendly and very knowledgeable.