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“Lovely garden and worth paying for a guided tour.”

Tropical Spice Garden
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$126.25*
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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Perth
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lovely garden and worth paying for a guided tour.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

This lovely garden is on the side of a fairly steep hill, but paths and stairways have been landscaped in. We opted for a guide and Mr. Lim certainly knew his stuff. My husband and I enjoyed his commentary and we learnt a few new facts too. At the height of the hill we stopped for fresh Cat's Whiskers Tea, sweetened with Stevia- quite nice actually and, by then, it was good to stop for 5 minutes. The tour finishes in the Tree Monkey Restaurant and gift shop. I couldn't resist some fresh vanilla powder and Nutmeg oil. We didn't see any dusky leaf monkeys this time- it was about to rain and they had all gone to shelter.

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“The Number One Attraction in Penang - Really?!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

The grounds are nice and the bus ride along the coast to get here is worth the trip. Note that there isn't an offical bus stop outside the gardens; you'll need to let the driver know you want to stop and wave down a bus when you want to return to Georgetown.

Don't get the impression that this is a facility filled with spice plants and trees. There is one trail with spice trees and plants, and if you take the tour the guide will explain the culinary and medical uses of many of them. The plants are looking sad and there aren't many of them. The tour ends in the gift shop, but I don't think any of the spices there are actually grown in the gardens and they are expensive by local standards.

I would recommend the cooking school. Pearly Kee does a great job and the facilities are really nice.

Overall I'm glad I went, but I wouldn't put this in even the top ten of activities in Penang.

Visited October 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“It was ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

It's like many parks and gardens in Malaysia, and you can't really see that many spice plants. Overall, it was ok, but I wouldn't visit it again and I only recommend visiting it if you have a lot of time in Penang.

Visited October 2012
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Batam, Indonesia
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“Save your money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you go here ($10 entry fee) it's best to also pay for a guide. Otherwise, you're just looking at a bunch of plants in a jungle setting, walking humid trails without knowing what you're passing by.

Visited October 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“An interesting sensory experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a garden haven off the edge of the coastal road. So many interesting plants and spices with lots of information. There is a guided tour available, but if you are happy to wander and explore, it is worth meandering through the maze of pathways independently.

Visited October 2012
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