The Habitat


Bordering one of Penang's two virgin rainforest reserves, the spine of this fantastic addition to the Penang Hill experience is a finely crafted 1.6km nature trail. Along it you can access suspended walkways (thrillingly high up in the canopy) and pocket gardens featuring different species of tropical plants. You can explore on your own, but you'll learn more by joining one of the guided tours; ask ahead about night walks and tours aimed at children.

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Nearby Penang attractions

2. Monkeycup@Penang Hill

0.88 MILES

Weird and wonderful nepenthes (Monkey Cup) species from around the world are planted in this mossy garden. The guides will explain how these carnivorous…

3. Botanical Gardens

1.69 MILES

Once a granite quarry, Penang's Botanical Gardens were founded in 1884 by Charles Curtis, a tireless British plant lover who collected the original…

4. Kek Lok Si Temple

1.86 MILES

Malaysia's largest Buddhist temple is a colourful explosion of statues, pagodas and pavilions, cascading down a hillside in Air Itam, around 8km from the…

5. Ban Po Thar

1.86 MILES

This seven-tier, 30m-high tower is one of the most striking features of Kek Lok Si Temple. Completed in 1927, the octagonal pagoda is Burmese at the top,…

6. Suffolk House

2.78 MILES

This impressive Georgian-style mansion is built on the site of the original residence of Francis Light, founder of the colony and native of Suffolk,…

7. Wat Chayamangkalaram

3.14 MILES

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a typical Thai temple, complete with mosaic-covered naga serpents guarding the entrance, a sharp-eaved pagoda roof,…

8. Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple

3.14 MILES

Penang's first Buddhist temple was built in 1805 by migrants from Myanmar (Burma). A series of panel paintings on the life of the Buddha line the walkways…