Saturday, September 29, 2012

Get Closer to Nature at Tropical Spice Garden!

Every working days, most of people waking up early not because of going for some jogging or walking around the park but actually waking up early to avoid the traffic jam on the way to the workplace. From morning to evening, even after going home, there might still have tons of works have to be done. Less and less time we get to go out for some walk and exercise. The parks and gardens looks so far to us when we have so much works to do.

Living in the city of George Town, Penang, we should not give it as an excuse. The Penang government has implemented their plan for going green around the state. More and more trees have being planted along the roads. More and more recreational parks has developed among the neighborhood. Green places are all around us!

Talking about green places in Penang, we must not left out the Tropical Spice Garden that located at Teluk Bahang. This garden was the ONLY one awarded-winning spice garden in South East Asia.
The garden set out over 8 acres of secondary jungle and you can found over 500 species of tropical flora and fauna in this garden. From the entrance, there will be some bees flying around the flowers and also welcoming you to the garden.
The garden open daily from 9am to 6pm (Last Entry: 5.30pm). The fee will be RM15 for adult and RM10 for child. They also have family package and guided tour, please visit their website below for more details.

There is a water garden with marginal and aquatic plants near to the entrance.
Along the garden trails, you will find lots of mushroom growing on the trees.
Not only that, you will able to discover many flowers that will amazing you. Not forget to take some photos with it. For your information, personal photography using handheld cameras and camcorders is allowed.
There is also a turtle pen which set up for protection and conservation of turtles and tortoises. Unfortunately i  didn't manage to take a photo of the turtle pen as it was too dark to get a good picture.
After walking around the garden trails, get yourself some rest at the viewing station. Benches built with more than generous proportions and deep seating are strategically positioned throughout the Garden. You can relax and fully take in the sights and sounds surrounding you. You will never experience it in busy town.
You also can spots some sculptures around the garden like this:
Along the trail, you will find there Chinese doors which were discovered at a local antique shop which believe they was came from a demolished pre-war house in Penang.
How long have it been since your last time sitting on the swing? Don't worry, your childhood memory is back as the giant swing available here. Take a sit and blow away your stressful!
Also don't miss out to learn about the spices from all the world with the Spices of the World painted by Rebecca Duckett, salvaged from a junkyard in Penang. You can retrace the historical spice trade routes and find out where some of the spices planted in the garden originated from.
Beside all of this, there is also a playground for the children! Get your child ready to experience the nature and adventure with the slides and ladders in the garden. There is also a dining place set on top of Lone Crag. Tree Monkey offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Teluk Bahang bay. Dine alfresco enveloped by jungle trees or find shelter under the double tiered ‘alang alang’ roof whilst you enjoy a fresh serving of the best Thai-Asian delights or simply enjoy a cool lime soda after a walk through the garden.

So why not to get yourself sometime and bring your family to get closer to nature at Tropical Spice Garden? You will definitely amazed by the beauty of this garden. It totally worth for your time here.

For more details about Tropical Spice Garden, please visit: http://tropicalspicegarden.com or "Like" them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tropical-Spice-Garden/158661167485624

For more photos taken during my visit, please go to http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=401316973256339&set=a.401316786589691.91688.124006624320710