The Habitat at Penang Hill
on top of the hill
Penang Hill is the classic school field-trip spot. It’s within the island, isn’t terribly far away, and remote enough to excite third-year students. During the recent years, the Penang tourism board has revamped many of the existing tourist spots and Penang Hill (also known as Bukit Bendera) was no exception. In addition to sprucing up the train which brings visitors up and down the hill, there is now a nature preserve at the top called The Habitat. This new attraction comes complete with not one but two treetop walks, giant swings at strategic locations, a zip-line, and a gift shop.
LANGUR WAY CANOPY WALK
The Langur Way Canopy Walk, named after the dusty leaf langur (a monkey), is about 250 metres in length, and is your standard treetop walk. Unlike some bridges which like to complain and groan, this one didn’t make much noise. For those of you who are scared of heights, consider this your foray into exposure therapy.
curtis crest tree top walk
The second treetop walk is basically is a large circle, and you are completely exposed to the elements of the sun. Will a pterodactyl swoop down and pluck you away? Seems completely possible when you’re that high up and there aren’t any trees around you.
oh the things you will see
What nature preserve is complete without carnivorous plants and spiders? Before you reach the treetop walks, you’ll get to walk through the rainforest. I spent most of the time looking up at everything around me, and could have happily spent my entire afternoon there.
If plants and bugs and heights are just not your aesthetic, then you can sign up for the aptly named adventure course, The Flight of the Colugo, which has 5 zip lines, 1 absiel (I googled it for you — abseil means rappelling), and 1 rope bridge for your aerial pleasure.
Or if DIY is really what appeals to you, then you can also make a terrarium during one of the free workshops.
And if you only visit attractions just for bragging rights on social media, you can sit and take a selfie on a giant swing.