The Habitat Penang Hills

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About The Habitat Penang Hill

The Habitat Penang Hill is an exceptional destination for witnessing the grandeur of the 130-year-old Malaysian rainforests in their most pristine form. Located 10 kilometres away from the capital city George Town, The Habitat is built on the outskirts of a protected forest reserve. It is an extension of the Malaysian rainforests, home to 20% of the world's animal species.

The discovery centre consists of a wide range of activities, including a 1.6 km nature trail where you may discover a variety of unique flora and fauna. Besides showcasing the natural riches of the rainforest, The Habitat’s Curtis Crest Tree Top Walkway, the highest public viewpoint on the Island, offers visitors 360-degree picturesque views of Penang Hill. While visiting The Habitat, you can also watch the sunrise as the sun slowly spreads its rays over the forest or enjoy an unrivalled night view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town.

There is more! There is a recreational centre built on an environmentally sustainable model, complete with solar-powered batteries and strategically placed recycling bins. Hence, you get a chance to enjoy world-class facilities without increasing your carbon footprint.


Activities to Do in The Habitat Penang Hill

From guided walk tours to super fun adventure courses, The Habitat Penang Hill helps you reconnect with nature in the best way possible. The famous discovery centre offers its visitors an authentic educational and recreational rainforest experience in the lap of the Malaysian rainforest.

On your visit to The Habitat, be prepared to find yourself drooling over spectacular vistas of the untamed Malaysian forest and enjoying the serene tranquillity of nature’s splendour. Also, show your support for forest conservation by shopping for some fantastic merchandise from The Habitat Penang Hill Gift shop, the proceeds of which goes to The Habitat Foundation.

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Langur Way Canopy Walk

The Langur Way Canopy Walk, one of the best attractions at Habitat Penang Hill which spans 230 metres and rises 20 metres above the forest floor, gives you access to the treetops of the rainforest area. Walking across the concrete red bridge, you can view different levels of trees, starting from the forest floor and progressing to the middle story, upper story, and eventually the top of the trees. Apart from the magnificent canopy views, another highlight of the Langur Way Canopy walk is that it treats you to incredible views of the Andaman Sea and the Kedah hills.

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Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk

Named in honour of the famous botanist Charles Curtis, this Tree Top Walk is the highest public viewing point on the Penang island, offering visitors 360-degree panoramic views of the plateau. While walking on the metal mesh walkway 800 metre above sea level, you can catch incredible views of George Town, Bel Retiro, and the surrounding areas of Penang Hill. If the weather cooperates and presents you with clear skies, you might even be able to view the Langkawi Islands from the Curtis Crest Tree Top walkway. The walk comes complimentary with The Habitat Penang Hill tickets price.

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Trail & Gardens

The biggest highlight of The Habitat is its 1.6 km nature trail that begins from the Top Station of the Penang Hill Funicular Railway. The trail winds through the oldest cottages on the hill and many themed gardens, like the Fragrant Garden, Palm Grove, and Butterfly Bank, where you can explore the delights of the rainforest. In addition to providing an unforgettable sensory experience, the route features several discreetly placed signage that contains valuable information about the park's flora, fauna, and history.

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Sunset Walk

Climb the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk in the evening to capture some of Penang Island's outstanding sunset views. The best way to get to the Curtis Crest Tree Top in time for the sunset is to begin your journey in the afternoon with the fully-guided nature walk and end it at the Curtis Crest. Spend some time admiring the beauty of the half-lit forest as the sun sets down amidst the Penang Hill. While returning to the centre, keep an eye out for several animal species such as the Giant Flying Red Squirrel, Flying Lemur, Tarantulas, and other nocturnal animals.

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The Flight of the Colugo

The Flight of the Colugo zipline is a must-try if you wish to obtain an aerial view of the jungle. True to its name, the Flight of the Colugo zipline allows you to glide from one tree to the other just like the Malaysian Flying Lemur. Channel your inner adventurer and experience natural beauty in a new way by leaping onto this zipline under expert supervision. It takes around an hour to complete the full course consisting of five zip lines.

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Experience The Wild Immersion VR

The Habitat's most recent offering is the Wild Immersion Virtual Reality experience, which allows you to have up-close interactions with wild animals while remaining seated in the same spot. Explore species from around the world or plunge into the deep waters to observe marine life, you'll get lots of opportunities to learn about the planet's rich biodiversity here. If you wish to participate in the VR experience, add it to your standard package when purchasing the Habitat Penang Hills tickets online.

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Meet the Residents of The Habitat of Penang Hill

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The Habitat Penang Hill is home to a diverse range of mammals, including Dusky Leaf Langurs, Black Giant Squirrel, Sunda Colugo, and Long-tailed Macaque. The endangered Dusky Leaf Langurs are generally spotted relaxing on high branches and moving in groups looking for food. While adults are dark grey in colour, their infants have beautiful golden fur and charming pink faces.

The Black Giant Squirrel, also known as the Malayan Giant Squirrel, is another dweller of The Habitat Penang Hill. These squirrels are among the world's largest and are known to be shy and reclusive. Sunda Colugo, commonly known as Malayan Colugo, is also a shy mammal found in large numbers across the island. The long-tailed macaque, designated vulnerable by the IUCN, also calls Penang Hill home. Unlike the Black Giant Squirrel and the Sunda Colugo, this species is highly social and thrives in groups.

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The Habitat Rainforest Explorer Programme


Module 1: My Rainforest My Rainforest module is aimed at kindergarten students aged 4-5, where they are given a basic introduction to the rainforest. In this module, participants are taught how to use proper vocabulary to describe their sensory experiences and are informed about the basic needs of animals to survive in a rainforest ecosystem.

Module 2: Life in the Tropical Rainforest I This program teaches children how to think like scientists. It stimulates their inquisitive minds and engages them in brainstorming tasks such as asking questions and recognizing and categorising the things they notice while exploring the rainforest.

Module 3: Life in the Tropical Rainforest II This educational program introduces students to the methods used by scientists while investigating various species. Here, participants are taught about the several ways in which living things can be classified. They are also educated about how different creatures alter their lifestyles in order to survive in a rainforest habitat.

Module 4: Practical FieldWork- Soil Ecology In this session, students conduct actual fieldwork to identify and differentiate between producers and decomposers. The producers are the trees that contribute organic matter to the soil, whereas the decomposers are the organisms in the soil that recycle nutrients and energy for the ecosystem.

Module 5: Practical Field Survey – Plant Population Ecology The last module aims at teaching students how to perform field surveys and what biotic and abiotic factors to keep in mind while recording their findings. Some of the important factors they are trained to investigate are soil pH, humidity, ambient temperature, and plant population.

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Tips To Visit The Habitat Penang Hill

  • Carry printouts or a soft copy of your The Habitat Penang Hill tickets and exchange them for a physical ticket at the centre.
  • Take a ride on the massive wooden swings overlooking the Penang Hill rainforest and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andaman sea and Kedah state.
  • If you want to capture the best images of the jungle and enjoy the forest in solitude, get to The Habitat Penang Hill as soon as it opens (at 9 a.m.) on weekdays.
  • The ticket prices for the Funicular train that you need to take to reach the hill cost are cheaper between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Set amidst Penang's most scenic areas, overlooking the hillside, The Habitat's forest cafe is a must-visit! It offers a variety of food and beverage options, ranging from sandwiches and bagels to spicy curries.

FAQ for The Habitat Penang Hill

How to reach the Habitat Penang hills?

There are two ways in which you can reach The Habitat. The most popular route is via the Funicular train that you can catch from Air Itam. You can also opt for a jeep service to The Habitat from the Botanical Garden.

Why is the Habitat Penang hills so famous?

The Habitat Penang Hills is famous for the comprehensive educational and recreational experience it offers its visitors. The park has something for everyone from learning about diverse flora and fauna, and enjoying spectacular views of the rainforest, to indulging in delicious meals and beverages at the cafe. Since it attracts a lot of tourists the whole year-round, it is best to reserve The Habitat Penang Hill tickets online.

What is the best time to visit the Habitat in Penang hill?

The best time to visit the Habitat Penang Hills is during weekdays around 9.30 a.m. as there are fewer people and you get more time to soak in the beauty of nature.

What are the opening hours for The Habitat Penang Hills?

The Habitat Penang Hills remains open throughout the week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last admission is done by 6 p.m. It is advisable to book your The Habitat Penang tickets online to avoid queues and secure better deals. Make sure to present your copies of The Habitat Penang Hill tickets at the centre to get physical passes.

Is there any shop or cafe at the Habitat Penang hills?

Yes, there is a gift shop where you can buy beautiful souvenirs and mementos for yourself and your family. The Habitat also has a cafe that not only offers a diverse menu but also picturesque views of the hills.

What are the gifts to buy from the Habitat Penang hills?

From t-shirts to coffee mugs, the Habitat gift shop offers appealing products for all ages. Some of The Habitat items that make good gifts are: **1. Printed Kids T-Shirts: **The Habitat kids t-shirts are made of 100 percent cotton and feature printed graphics of forest flora and fauna such as langurs and the racket-tailed Drongo bird. They come in a variety of colours and are both visually attractive and super comfy. 2. Best-selling books by Malaysian authors: You can find an impressive collection of books written by Malaysian authors, including The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng and The Sarong Secrets of Love, Loss, and Longing by Lee Su Kim. 3. The Habitat Self-Care Kits: This is a wonderful gift to take home for your friends and family. The kit includes an organic and vegan hand sanitizer, a three-layered face mask, a mist sprayer, and a beautiful batik print pouch. You may also choose an upgraded kit that consists of an additional bottle of essential oil.

Can I leave and re-enter with Habitat Penang Hill tickets?

You can leave and re-enter with Habitat Penang Hill tickets on the same day at no extra charge.

Can I book Habitat Penang Hill tickets online?

Yes, you can book Habitat Penang Hill tickets online easily.

What is the best way to book Habitat Penang Hill tickets?

The best way to book Habitat Penang Hill tickets is via online.

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