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“Worth a trip to Penang just to go to the cooking school” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tropical Spice Garden

Tropical Spice Garden
Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang | Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
+60 6048811797
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Worth a trip to Penang just to go to the cooking school”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Best cooking school I've ever been to! My mum had gone to the spice garden last year, so when I mentioned I was heading to Penang she mentioned this was a must see. Admittedly on the day I was feeling a bit under the weather, nevertheless it was still a great day.

We caught a taxi out to the Spice Garden from George Town for 50Rm and friendly staff greeted us at the gate and gave us some citronella oil to spay on us to keep the mozzies at bay. Joseph, our guide, then took us on a tour of the spice gardens. His knowledge and passion for spices was brilliant. We leant so much and it was great to see some of these spices in their natural form rather than dried up in packaging. It was also wonderful to be able to smell and taste some of these spices straight from the plants. Thanks Joseph!

After the tour we went to the cooking school where we met Pearly. Pearly is a star, so full of life and enthusiasm and boy can she cook! We made three dishes, all of which I would have never tried myself because they just seemed too hard, but Pearly walked us through it and made it a breeze. The food was amazing... nothing else in Penang tasted as good as what we made at the spice garden.

I can’t sing Pearly’s praise enough. Pearly and her assistances are truly amazing and very generous. Thanks Pearly!

After the cooking class we were let loose in the spice shop which is an amazing little store full of spices, cook books (including Pearly’s) cooking equipment and craft.

If you only do one thing when in Penang – go to the spice garden and do a tour and cooking class, the world of spices will become a whole lot bigger.

Visited November 2013
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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“Killing an hour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Lets get straight into putting facts straight from the whingers:
It's a jungle out there. Of course there's going to be mosquitoes, however I was sprayed from head to toe by the staff with an eco friendly repellent. No bites for me today :-)
Yes, it's a garden. It's outdoors and its on a hill. If you are unfit stay at home. I actually walked here from Bayview. No problem.
Yes, it's hot and humid. Welcome to Malaysia.

The grounds are well kept and well labeled. I never knew what a pepper plant looked like before today.
The paths are easy going though a couple were closed (under renovation?).
There's a plethora of little waterfalls, a swing and a couple of ponds. A very photogenic place to such an extent there was a couple having their wedding photos done there.
The place is teeming with wildlife. From creepy crawly bugs, through birds and lizards to squirrels and monkeys.
After the walk there's a decent restaurant serving good quality asian food.
Well worth an hour or two.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Fragrant and quiet garden in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The Tropical Spice Garden is exactly as it sounds... a quite, fragrant garden on a jungle hillside in tropical Penang. It contains hundreds of species of flowering plants, trees and local spices. It is well kept and manicured. This is a great place for a quiet stroll, or have a long talk with someone you love.

The restaurant at the top of the hill is also highly recommended. Serving great Thai food in a relaxed outdoor seating, it is nestled high in the jungle and overlooks the sea. Be on the lookout for monkeys in the nearby trees!

Visited March 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Tropical Spice Garden & Monkey Tree Restaurant, Penang”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We did not take the tour but rather wandered on our own. I wish they had more written information on the trees and plants there...
Mosquitoes, the heat and humidity cut short our rambling and we decided to head to the Monkey Tree Restaurant.
The restaurant, we love...windy with a lovely view amongst the trees. The food was good and the drinks that we had were thirst quenching, LGH (lemongrass, ginger, honey & lime) and mixed fruit juice (watermelon, apple & carrot).

Visited November 2013
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Ballarat, Australia
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“Sensory Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This was a wonderful experience for the whole family. A tour to start with which was a sensory and visual delight with an experienced guide. Cooking class for Mum which was wonderful and so delicious; Dad was left with 8 year old daughter and they explored the whole tropical garden finding a 3 seater rope swing which was high up in the canopy overlooking a little stream; a real chutes and ladders game where kids roll the dice and climb the chutes and ladders; reflexology path; so much to explore whilst waiting for my cooking class to finish; turtle pond... So much to do! Stay as long or as little as you like - the tour takes 45 mins. After that its up to you to explore. A real must if you visit Penang.
We caught the bus from the Komtar - one bus, easy to get to!

Visited October 2013
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