The Botanical Gardens (monkey park), Penang

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    Botanic Gardens

    by CandS Written Feb 8, 2005

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    Monkey

    Spend some time at the Botanic Gardens if you can... You'll see some 'wild' monkeys playing around... Just don't take any food with you or they will attack...and don't get TOO close while taking photos...hehe...I know for sure then they will attack! ;)

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    Hot hot hot in the gardens

    by jolou Written Jan 14, 2005

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    Melting by a tree

    Be prepared to sweat profusely and take a walk around the botannical gardens. watch out for monkeys and over-sized black lizards crossing your path and take a look at the impressive plants and trees. Take a cold drink with you- I nearly died there!!

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    Botanical Gardens

    by xxangelxx Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    Unfortunately not many monkeys remain here - I remember there used to be lots. It is a nice calm and peaceful place to wander round; the trees and plants are very beautiful. A good place to visit in the morning before it gets too hot. Children may find this place quite boring.

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    A Botanical Garden where monkeys rule, not plants

    by Dxenion Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    Ignore the sign and you could lose your icecream

    Pick a nice clear day around late afternoon.

    Ensure your camera (video or still) is loaded and ready to go.

    Grab a comfy spot near the entrance - just inside near the shop is best, warm up the camera and wait for the action to start.

    Around dusk, monkeys (monyet) in huge family packs arrive from the tree tops in and around the park to participate in their favourite game of 'scare the tourist'. They're quite good at it too if you don't know what to expect or are easily intimidated by 2 foot tall animals with attitude!

    Despite the signs plastered everyone, there's the occasional tourist who think's it's cute to feed a wild monkey and that's when the real fun starts - well for the photographer anyway.

    The monkeys descend on the tourist mock charging them until they drop whatever it is they have (bottle of coke, icecream, chips) and the tourist runs off screaming. The monkeys then take off to the nearest post, fence or tree to enjoy their treat.

    Quite often the adolescent males will try their luck on anyone unfortunate enough to have food in their hand but are easily put off if you stand your ground.

    Oh and the gardens are nice for a picnic too. All the exotic plants are in cages which are only open for very limited hours during the day and are locked at ather times to keep the monkeys out.

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    Sanctuary of Penang

    by kenyneo Written Mar 29, 2004

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    Botanical garden

    This garden is the another sanctuary for Penangites , offering fresh air , beautiful lush greenery and a cool hideout ! To me its a park rather than a garden !

    Many penangite likes to jog . walk or have a picnic in this place . There are many species of plants and flowers you can find inside , on top of the beautiful ever-changing landscape that you will see as you walk along. One of them is the unique Palm of Buddha fruit !
    The fruits size and shape looks like the hand of a human being ....bizzarre but real !

    There is also a Lily pond and cactus garden there ! There is also a small stream that runs through the garden

    There are many smaller trails which you can see along the main tarred road, there you can hike up to higher grounds to look at different scenery.

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    Botanic Gardens - Streams etc

    by Audrey118 Written Aug 1, 2003

    There are lots of waterways as well, streams, mock falls, and real waterfall which was the focal attention during the 1880s are closed to the public unless with written permission. There is even a lily pond... jungle track etc.

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    The Botanical Gardens, Penang

    by leanne_pearc Written Nov 2, 2008

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    Monkeys

    There are some interesting flowers in this garden however the monkey's are far more interesting and very cheeky. Of course do not feed them.

    You can also climb the hill in the area.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by Ines28 Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Botanical Garden

    These 30-hectare Botanical Gardens are great for a stroll or picnic. You can admire some of the monkeys roaming around, but do not feed them.
    Stay away from the main paths to avoid the crowds.

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    Penang Botanic Garden - Landscape gardens

    by Audrey118 Updated Aug 1, 2003

    look at the trimmed gardens...it has been here since late 1880s. Some come for jogging, some partying in a group...lots of family outings....

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    Penang Botanic Garden - shopping???

    by Audrey118 Written Aug 1, 2003

    here you can go ga-ga at the awesome orchid plants for sale....i went berserk - to bad cannot photo graph the flowering orchirds...they were really really exotic

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    Penang Botanic Gardens

    by Audrey118 Written Aug 1, 2003

    The park some 18 km from Georgetown.... on the way to Penang Hill we stopped over. It is open daily from 5am to 8pm - free access.

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