Clearly one of the most interesting attractions in Penang is Bukit Jambul Orchid, Hibiscus & Reptile Garden (last admission at 5:30PM). Located near Hotel Equatorial and only about 10 minutes from Penang International Airport, Bukit Jambul is home to Malaysia’s largest tame snake, a rare albino python, as well as many other amazing reptiles, animals and plants.
This 2-hectare nature garden was first thought of and was established by two friends, who were a horticulturist and herpetologist. The park is widely known among local and international visitors for its amazing plants and animals that are unique in this part of the world. Some of the park’s highlight attractions are a pair of Bengal tigers that grew up here since they were tiny cubs, a host of flightless birds (emu, ostrich and cassowary), different species of flowers (about 100 to 150 varieties), 15 species of snake, four giant tortoises, hibiscuses (two of which are named after former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed and his wife), a cactus garden, and the largest tiger orchid in the world, with flowers that grow up to 3 inches across. Visitors are welcomed to the garden by a lovely, colorful parrot with a snappy “hello” greeting. [Read more…]