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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This is a spot of calm in an otherwise bustling tourist location, that is Penang Hill. If you want to get away from it all and take in some fresh air, abundant greenery and spot local wildlife like giant squirrels, lorises and macaques, this is it. Sweeping countryside views, birdsong and an easy walking trail interspersed with giant swings. There is a cafe here, but the choice is limited.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ViolenceToad
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

If you are in Penang, make sure visiting the Habitat in Penang Hills is on the top of your Must Do list!

As we made our way up the Hill we were surprised by how quickly we went from the city to a lush rain forest oasis. They are monkeys along the side of the road, but be wary that they are aggressive, and do not be tempted to feed them!

As soon as we entered the Habitat, we were shocked by how much cooler it was under the forest canopy, and how clean and crisp the air feels, even in mid day! It was definitely a welcome escape from the thick sweltering heat of Penang.

The free guided tour is a great place to start before exploring on your own time and pace. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He pointed out interesting facts about the forest, the vegetation and creatures of the forest; about the building of the Habitat and more. He pointed out animals and insects to us that we might have otherwise missed, including the Giant Squirrel in trees, tarantulas (!!!) hiding in holes along the plants, and even a giant millipede the size of a small snake (eek!).

The pathways are nicely paved and non intrusive to the forest, suitable for all ages and easily manageable by everyone. There are suspended bridges and a sky walk way that make for magnificent viewing platforms for the Forest and city views. The variety of florals and plants were spectacular. There are also lots of creatures, birds and butterflies around the entire area. We could’ve easily spent hours at the Habitat looking around and soaking in all the sights and sounds!

There is also a cafe that is good for a light lunch and has a great selection of refreshments including local Kombucha and beer. The attached gift shop has a wonderful selection of well curated locally made and sourced gifts.

We truly enjoyed exploring the rain forest and appreciated the message of conservation that the Habitat is promoting. Enjoying nature is the best way to understand why we need to save and protect our planet and environment.

One tip on visiting the Park though: bring some insect/mosquito repellent if you are prone to attracting mosquitoes. Also wear light colored clothing, that helps too!

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank vbabee
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Going to bukit bendera from gurney by hop on hop off bus.ticket price to habitat was rm50 buggy car going/return to peak of bukit bendera included.it's just a simple trekking but prepare a drinking water.there's a small cafe inside the habitat.the food price quite reasonable,u can eat facing the jungle.if u are lucky,monkeys might appear before u.there are 3 giant swing and 1 hanging concrete bridge and the highest point where u can see penang bridge from the tower.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank babygurl918303
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

With my good friend together,we bought the tickets. The price of the ticket is slightly expensive but worth to visit. The March weather is Super hot,so advise to hydrate yourself first. The natural park with some rare species like rhinoceros frog

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank garyy2014
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

The biggest problem with The Habitat is getting there. First you have to get to the top of Penang Hill, and that’s a major excursion in itself. You can either spend hours in line waiting for the funicular, pay an exorbitant amount of money to skip the line in the “Fast Lane”, or hike for many, many hours up a very steep, difficult and mudslide-prone road.

Once you get to the top of Penang Hill, look for the “Daturan” area. Across from the Cliff Café and health clinic is the stop for tickets and the shuttle to The Habitat. You’ll probably want to take the shuttle (which is either an electric golf cart, which is fine, or the back of a Toyota pickup, which is uncomfortable and dangerous) because the entrance is a mile or two away.

When you get to the entrance, there is a long pathway but no one to give you a map or explain anything, so you don’t know how far you’ll be walking or what to be looking for. You’ll see numbers on some of the trees and plants, but there is no audio guide or written description. Finally, you arrive at a large glass building which is the entrance, information desk and gift shop, where you get a map of the rest of the pathways.

There is still no audio guide, very few placards, and only when you get about halfway through the forest do you find out that a guided tour is available (once per hour). The guided tour was helpful and interesting, but it only went a short distance and was geared mainly for children.

Many of the pathways were blocked off for construction, and there were not enough signs directing you around the route. The forest itself was quite beautiful and peaceful, and the view from the treetop walkway is spectacular – much better than the view from the top of Penang Hill. But I had trouble finding my way back out and ended up retracing my steps instead of just climbing over a chain, which would have saved me about 20 minutes of walking.

All in all, there were fewer flowering plants and exotic species, less information, and a less-enjoyable layout than the Tropical Spice Garden. The Habitat is essentially a full-day activity, since you need to spend so many hours (or so much money) getting to the top of Penang Hill and back down again.

Although they do give kids a “treasure map” to hunt for particular types of animals and plants, all the kids I saw were bored and irritable after a short while.

This is a nice activity if you have a lot of time to kill, enjoy tropical rainforests, and have already seen the Tropical Spice Garden.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank DCDolcevita
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