Captain Francis Light, founder of Penang, created the first horse track from the Botanic Gardens waterfall to the top of Penang Hill in 1788. Originally called Flagstaff Hill (Bukit Bendera in Malay), it became a hill station where the colonials spent their holidays. The Habitat is a unique ecofriendly attraction on the periphery of what is believed to be 130-million-year-old virgin jungles, and comprises a nature trail through themed gardens and canopy walks led by enthusiastic guides. Here you’ll see a microcosm of tropical rainforests with its lush flora and fauna and superb views of the island. It’ll definitely be a great day out for the kids.
Penang is a city buzzing with arts, culture and tradition, thanks to the inheritance and stories of Penangites who built this city. Spend a day wandering around George Town visiting markets, exploring places of worship and admiring heritage architecture – you’re bound to see why locals love Penang so much.