Tropical Spice Garden

Gardens in Teluk Bahang

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This beautifully landscaped oasis of tropical flora, over 500 species in all, unfurls across 200 fragrant hectares. Armed with an audio guide (included with admission), you can wander independently among lily ponds and terraced gardens, learning about local spices, and medicinal and poisonous plants. Alternatively, join one of three daily guided tours (9am, 11am and 1.30pm) or book a kid-friendly educational tour.

Take bus 101 from George Town (RM2.70) and inform the driver that you want to get off here. Last admission 5.15pm.

The garden offers well-regarded cooking courses and its restaurant Tree Monkey, though pricey, is worth a visit for its relaxing terrace area and refreshing herb-infused lemonades. There's also a good shop, and just across the road from the gardens is a beautiful white-sand beach.