Category: Nature

Penang Island: Balik Pulau Cycling Route

Balik Pulau‘s rural and natural landscape provide scenic views of the western countryside region of Penang island as well as many cycling routes that one can try on to experience a different side of the island.

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Penang Mainland: Frog Hill at Tasek Gelugor

Locally known as ‘Frog Hill’, this hidden abandoned quarry has attracted many to its scenic man-made lakes and reddish granite hills, combined with greenery from the surrounding overgrowth. The top of the hill provides a breathtaking views of the scenic landscapes around the area.

Frog Hill is located at an area covering Kampung Guar Petai and Kampung Guar Perahu in Tasek Gelugor, at the mainland side of Penang.

Note: The area itself is secluded and at times, quite empty. There is no maintained road (only muddy path), no street lamp and is deep inside the rural area, surrounded by palm oil plantation. Best to go in a group rather than alone, and there will be some minor hikes required to get to the top of the rocky hills.

Google Map location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lombong+Kampung+Guar+Petai/@5.4356239,100.4830612,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x304acfb38179d935:0x29468dc636dbdbca!8m2!3d5.4356186!4d100.4852499

George Town Street View: A Hidden Garden Alley

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Along C.Y Choy Road, one may chance upon this somewhat hidden garden alley tucked between heritage shophouses.

Penang Linear Park: Lush Green Landscapes

Located at the residential area in York Road, away from the main roads Linear Park (or Taman Jajar) is a public park which had seen its better days but still somewhat retains a beautiful lush green landscape of old rain trees by the river.

The park can also be accessed from the Suffolk House via a red brick bridge.

Botanic Gardens: A Hidden Japanese Garden

This miniature Japanese Garden was originally created from an exchange programme between the Penang government and the Itabashi city of Japan in 1994. This mini Japanese Garden, used to represent a symbol of friendship between the two cities, was restored in recent years.

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