One thing that comes close to Penang’s famous hawkers food is the Butterfly Farm in Batu Feringghi, Teluk Bahang. Since its inception in 1986, it has become one of Penang favorite attraction. My husband and I took our 2 boys on the usual tropical sunny day, not expecting much of this trip. To our amazement and surprise, a dozen or more free flying butterflies greeted us along with lots of lush colorful flora and fauna in an enclosed area!
As we walked further on the path, more butterflies swamped past us. Imagine the boys delight to have these beautiful Papillions flapping right beside them. They were everywhere – flying high and low. You can even touch those fragile, gorgeous creatures. Even one decided to take a break on my boy’s head. All of us enjoyed observing each butterfly closely when they rested on the many nectar flowers and plants placed along the path. At this close range, I couldn’t help but admire the lovely designs and colors of each different species.
According to their website, the Penang Butterfly farm is the first tropical butterfly farm ever set up in the tropical world, with an average flying population of 4000 Malaysian butterflies of 120 different species, including the rare Indian Leafl (Kallima paralekta) and the endangered Yellow Bird wing (Troides helena). The farm also plays a role in research center to develop breeding methods.
Not only butterflies inhabit this enclosed area, we also encountered deadly Scorpions and a mean looking giant lizard. What makes the Butterfly Farm even more appealing was the large pool filled with humongous Koi fishes and the peaceful sound of falling waters. The verdict: we will definitely make a trip back to the Penang Butterfly Farm again.
To get there, make a left at the Teluk Bahang roundabout (if you are driving from town) and you will find it on your left after a short distance.