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!
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