Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Penang | Tropical Spice Garden

Do you know ginger plant?

What we know is ginger lah kan, ie halia.
But do you also know that bunga kantan (torch ginger) is a ginger plant? Tumeric is also a ginger, do you know this?

This gets even more interesting :
But did you know that gingers can be loosely used to refer to any one of a whopping 3,000 species of plants? Falling under the ginger order (Zingiberales), this group includes eight plant families as diverse as the heliconias (Heliconiaceae), orchidanthas (Lowiaceae) and even bananas (Musaceae)!
YUP! Banana is also under the ginger family. We found this out at the Tropical Spice Garden.
Interesting huh.

Fun facts
  • Medium to steep gradients (Wear propershoes)
  • Total walking trails 2km
  • Total area size 6 acres
  • Audio guides are available in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese, German and French
  • Guided tour is also available sharing on plants medicinal benefits, folklore and the historical spice trade of these magical plants alive. Tours takes approximately 1.30 hours.
  • Cooking class available covering Penang dishes - Nyonya, Malay, Indian-Malay, Thai, Penang Street - food and Asian Vegetarian cuisines.
  • Nature education available for kids under the ages of 12 such as Spice & Herb guided tour, scavenger hunts, and arts & craft.
  • There is also night walk to see nocturnal plants and animals in their natural habitat. Torches, mosquito repellent and refreshments are provided. Walks start from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Call in advance.
  • Tropical Spice Garden offers team building packages (half day and full day)

Entrance Fee

Tropical Spice Garden
Lot 595 Mukim, 2
Jalan Teluk Bahang
Teluk Bahang, 11050
George Town
Pulau Pinang

Operating hours
Open 9 am to 6 pm daily
Last admission at 5.15 pm

The VM2020 Heritage and Family Fun 2019 Media Fam Trip is organized by Tourism Malaysia in partnership with all its sponsors.

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