Five Other Rare Attractions of Penang, Malaysia
- Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
- Millionaire’s Row
- Tropical Fruit Farm
- Penang Toy Museum
- Penang Islamic Museum
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
The Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest is located at 457 metres above sea level, and spread over 37 hectares of hilly and lush green tea. It is a forest reserve that offers an exciting hiking trail and a few camping sites for all the visitors. There are numerous streams in the reserve which flow into little poinds. The trail covers a total length of 4 kilometers and goes up all the way to a location known as Mountains Summit. It is very popular with both joggers and hikers who love to camp there. There is a small waterfall in the natural reserve offering you with a cool dip amongst your adventure trip. The Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest is located near the town of Bukit Mertajam.
The Millionaire’s Row is a posh neighborhood located along the waterfront of Penang. The Europeans used it in the early days of Penang who used to live in huge bungalows. Today, the millionaire’s row is worth a visit because some of the straits style bungalows have been preserved and house the descendants of the Europeans who settled here. The mansions are not just huge, they also boast of some ancient architecture. The architecture is an interesting mix of ostentatious and ornate and makes for a great view. The locality has recently started to look like one, which is not maintained well, but it is actually the place for the rich and elite of Penang. It is a great place for taking photos! The homes here range from townhouses to huge mansions with imposing designs and modern architecture.
Tropical Fruit Farm
The Tropical Fruit Farm is spread over 25 hectares of land and is an organic orchard in the island. It has an impressive collection of almost 250 types of subtropical and tropical trees bearing fruits. It is located near Teluk Bahang and is just at a distance of 2 kilometers from there. The fruit farm was developed in the year 1993 for conserving exotic and rare fruit trees.
The collection at the farm includes trees from as far as South America, India, Central Africa, the Pacific islands, The Caribbean and the Middle East. This is a great venture for organic farmers and is of great utility to them. The farm carries out guided tours on a regular basis and the visitors are educated about the various rare species on the tour spanning two hours.
The Penang Toy Museum
A museum housing toys is as rare as it can get. The Penang Toy Museum is home to millions of trains, dolls and other toys for children. It is Malaysia’s only toy museum and is also the world’s largest because of its huge collection of figures and toys.
As soon as you walk into the museum, you will feel like you have gone back to your childhood days. You may get to see some old friends of yours like the Care Bears and My Little Ponies. It is a fun place to visit and more than 120 visitors come to the museum everyday. It is open everyday from 9 am to 9 pm.
Penang Islamic Museum
The Penang Islamic Museum is located in a beautiful building that was once home to Syed-Al-Attas. It takes you through the development of Malaysia over the years and educates you about the history of Islam. The museum also features many galleries and sections. It is open everyday except on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm.