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“Peaceful and interesting!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tropical Spice Garden

Tropical Spice Garden
Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
+60 4-881 1797
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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.
Durban, South Africa
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“Peaceful and interesting!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Saw the location on Travel channel and was exactly what we expected. Worth walking around and enjoying the peacefulness, all the plants and layout of the gardens. We didn't take a guide which would have been worth but nevertheless made a cup of the local tea, enjoyed the swing and lastly took a trip up to the Tree Monkey restaurant and had starters and cocktails. Absolutely fabulous.

Visited August 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

The spice garden was recommended by our taxi driver. Very glad we went. Our guide was Joseph who is extremely knowledgable about spices and taught us heaps...he let us try the herbs and spices aswell! The shop there is lovely too and we had no trouble bringing spices through customs. Highly recommended but definitely take a guided tour!

Visited September 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Definitely take a guided tour. You get an interesting overview of the Spices and Herbs in the region including some "tastings". I found the tour very interesting, if you have any interest in this topic.

Visited September 2013
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“Overrated. Not worth the entrance fee. You can get it for free in Botanical Garden or Forest reserve nearby”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

My observation is that this Garden attracts a lot of Middle-Eastern and Caucasian tourist, mostly brought here by their cab drivers. I suspect they drivers get a cut from this.

Pros: An introduction to tropical spices if you are new to the Asia Pacific
-There's discount for senior citizen

Cons: -Entrance fee is high for something of its standard in Malaysia. If u are a student , u need your student card
-Small area. My family and I finished the place in 10mins
-Spices not well represented. U have 1 tree for each spice, some which are dead or not well mantained, growing among bushes and you dont know which one the sign is talking about
-If you are a local, skip this. There's nothing new about the plants. Not much info you are given about what you are seeing
-You can basically get all this in the Botanical Garden or the Forest Reserve which is a few km away. You have extra bonus of waterfall for this.

COnclusion: This place is overrated. will not go again. Will not advise my visiting friends to go here. WIll suggest to them to go Botanical Gardens/Forest reserve which is cheaper.

Visited August 2013
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“Well Experienced Guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

There are 2 types of tickes available - with or without in-house guide.

i am happy that i chosed the later.
The guide explained introduced diff spice and herbs to us.

It's a great educational trip to Tropical Spice Garden.

Visited July 2013
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