The Botanical Gardens or the Waterfall Garden as there is a cascading waterfall located nearby
is located at the end of Jalan Air Terjun (Waterfall road). It is situated around 8km away from
the city centre of Georgetown. There a small road that leads to the Penang Hill just by the
left hand side of the Gardens.
The Garden existed in the year of 1884 and it was formerly known as the Waterfalls Garden as there
is a high cascade waterfall with its water flowing through the Gardens itself. However, you have no
chance in visiting the waterfall nowadays as it is on the territory of the water supply.
Every morning, you can see locals any maybe foreigners exercise in the Gardens. They jog while
enjoying the beauty of the Gardens with some fresh, clean air. The trees plated there have their
own name plates in front of themselves. And so, you can gain some knowledge on the unique trees
in Malaysia. The main attraction of the Gardens is the presence of monkeys. The total of monkeys
in the Gardens is up to 200 of them. They may be cute but do not feed them as they will be
aggressive. Try not to eat in front of them as they may snatch the food away from you. There
is also a guided tour where you can just follow if you prefer to.
One of the nearby attractions that worth a go is the Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple. This temple
is the biggest and most beautiful temple in South East Asia. The temple was built decades and
decades ago but still, the construction never ends. The main attraction of the temple is the
huge bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. The temple is breathtaking during the
night as the glittering lights and lanterns hanging can be seen from far away. Another nearby
attraction is Penang Toy Museum. This museum has over 100,000 numbers of different toys and
related collectibles including Star Wars, Barbie Dolls, Batman and more, almost anything as
long as you can name it. The museum is opened daily from 9am to 9pm and so it will not be a
problem in time adjustment during your visit in Penang.
Hotels in Penang are in a wide range, starting from budget motels to luxurious 5 stars hotels.
Most of the luxurious hotels are located in Gurney (Persiaran Gurney) and Batu Feringghi.
These two places are always packed with crowds as Gurney offers nightlife, malls and hawker
food whereas Batu Feringghi offers sea breeze and beaches.
From Penang International Airport, you can either rent a car or take the cab straight away
to the Gardens. The estimated time to reach the Gardens is around 30 minutes. From Komtar,
you can take the Rapid Penang Bus to the Gardens for only RM2.00.