I had visited this Spice garden with a friend and her elderly mother. We chose a Mandarin speaking guide as my friend's mother does not understand English. I have nothing but praise for our guide who introduced himself as "Mr. Zhu". He shared with us a lot of information and details of the spices and plants around. What was commendable too was that he was carefully guiding my friend's elderly mother whilst touring around the garden which had us walking a lot on slopes, steep and uneven rocky steps. I also noticed that he would cut off the straying branches to clear the pavement for her to walk at ease.
But what i didn't appreciated was that while we were in the gift shop, i overheard a fellow tour guide who was speaking in English talking to our guide and made a remark to him that "Singaporeans? They should know English". It is as good as saying all Malaysians ought to be Malay? I'm thankful that we did not have him as a guide for it seems like this tour guide is judgmental and very assuming. Most importantly, our guide did not try to hard sell any of the souvenirs to us.
Back to this spice garden, I would recommend this place because it is very educational and informative. Please do opt for a guided tour (at no extra fee) otherwise you will miss out on the useful and correct ways of using the spices.
Do try to dress in long sleeves and long pants to keep the mosquitoes away and bring a hat along for shade. Even though we were provided with mosquitoes repellent before the start of the tour but it will be much better if you are covered up.
The whole guided tour took about an hour and after which you are free to walk around the garden on your own.
If you are staying in Georgetown, it will take you about 45 minutes to reach this spice garden by car.
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