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“Don't miss on your trip to Penang” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tropical Spice Garden

Tropical Spice Garden
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US$116.25*
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Experience Malaysia: Authentic Malaysia Cooking Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Garden Audio Tours available in 7 Languages: English, Chinese, Malay, Arabic, Japanese, German & French. Alternatively you may take the Live Guided Tour starting at 9am, 11.30Am, 1.30Pm & 3.30Pm. The trails are uneven and going up hill, therefore wheelchairs & strollers are not recommended. The Hidden Eden of Southeast Asia! Timeless and enchanting, Tropical Spice Garden is an eco-attraction tucked within a natural valley fronting the Straits of Malacca. The showcase garden houses over 500 species of herb, spice and tropical plants. Explore and discover the fabulous diversity of nature as you through trails and pathways that meander through undulating hills, jungles terraces and natural streams.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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“Don't miss on your trip to Penang”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Penang is renowned as a major source of the world's spices, especially cloves, nutmeg, mace and betel, so it would be worth a detour to see how these things grow. But the Tropical Spice Garden is so much more than this - it is a haven of peace away from the hubbub of Georgetown.
It's easy to get to on the frequent, aircon, 101 bus from Jetty or Batu Ferringhi. Go as early in the morning as you can, before the temperature rises and the bugs start flying (but there is free citronella to deter them). Signposting and labelling are good, but it is even better to take a tour with one of the guides, who can give you the historical, culinary and medical lowdown on the many interesting plants on view, in a very entertaining way.
In addition to the gardens, there are well marked jungle trails, a nice little gift shop and an excellent Thai restaurant with views through the treeptops and over the bay.
If we had had our grandchildren with us, they would also have enjoyed the adventure playground which has recently been installed.
But the highlight for us was the cookery course, in a very well-appointed teaching kitchen, where Madame Pearly Kee taught my wife to prepare a selection of Nonya recipes, which we then ate in a lovely al fresco setting.
Thank you, Tropical Spice Garden - we will definitely be back!

Visited January 2012
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DannyTann, Manager at Tropical Spice Garden, responded to this review, 2 February 2012
Thank you for sharing your feedback here. I am so happy that you enjoyed all of the amenities in the garden namely The Garden itself, Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School, Slides & Ladders - first life-sized kids' board game adapted from classy Snakes & Ladders in Malaysia and Tree Monkey Restaurant. We carefully designed & developed each product so every guest who visits the garden will have a very special and unique experiences. Who could even spend the entire day over here with family and kids.
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Kuching, Malaysia
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“I'm sorry...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

i didn't notice there were spices in the garden... need more effort to beautify it before you can call it a garden. right now, its a nice wood with a ticket to be sold if you haven't been in a jungle before.

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DannyTann, Manager at Tropical Spice Garden, responded to this review, 2 February 2012
I believe you have visited many jungles over there at East Malaysia and thank you for your feedback. Yes, we are a natural conversation project more than a man made botanical garden. I believe that you were visiting the garden during the upgrading work was in progress. The garden is made up of 3 long trails namely Spice Trail (Spice Terrace - I am sure you walked through the trail without noticing the entrance to it), Ornamental Trail and Jungle Trail. All trails are labelled with information both in English and Chinese. My apologize if the directional signs were missing and led you walking out the garden with least experience.
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Australia
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“Love it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

The garden is both interesting and beautiful and the restaurant is spectacular, both in terms of the Thail food on offer and the incredible view, and also dining with monkeys - the cute dusky faced variety, not the irritating macaques.

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DannyTann, Manager at Tropical Spice Garden, responded to this review, 2 February 2012
Thank you for visiting the garden and had a meal at Tree Monkey Restaurant. Dusky Leaf Monkey is one of the attraction in this garden, tame and adorable. The garden is the nature habitat of many wild lives such as Black Giant Squirrel, Flying Lemur, Web Spinning Spider, Viper etc.
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Ballarat, Australia
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“Okay for a wander.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

The gardens are beautiful, but there seems to be more effort being put into promoting the place than maintaining the gardens which seem a bit untended and ramshackle in places.

Overall, worth a look.

Visited July 2011
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DannyTann, Manager at Tropical Spice Garden, responded to this review, 1 February 2012
Thank you for your feedback. Tropical Spice Garden is not a botanical as you expected, tiled up walk ways, proper corners for certain species etc. It is designed in its way that we want to throw you into the real nature rather than a man made nature. As you walk into the garden pathways, forget about the nicely built paths, colorful floors or tiles etc and let yourself bathed in this lush garden full of essence of secondary forest. There are also cooking school and life-sized kids board game adapted from the classic snakes & ladders which should be sufficient to make you occupied for at least half of a day. Tree Monkey Restaurant would be another nice corner for you to wander around and have a few sips of cup of good spice tea.
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Good Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

Right on the foot hill. Nice and delicious spicy Food. Parking and access road is not so suitable for elderly. Surrounded by trees.

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DannyTann, Manager at Tropical Spice Garden, responded to this review, 1 February 2012
Thank you for dining at Tree Monkey Restaurant @ Tropical Spice Garden. This restaurant is indeed a kind like no others. Upon the arrival, you will need a slight walk up the slope which would cause inconveniences. However, car could be drove up to the base of the stone ways to drop the elders.
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