With Tracy along we were motivated to hire a taxi for a truncated tour of the island - our plan was the fruit farm, canopy walk, the Kek Lok Si Temple, and assam laksa. At the Penang National Park we learned that the canopy walk was closed. (The canopy walk near KL is also closed. So Tracy will have to return for the complete Malaysian experience.)At least the drive rewarded us with views of Penang's coastline, its highrises, and rural communities.
Our driver stopped at the Tropical Spice Garden, we gave into the opportunity to explore it. We opted to only walk through the gardens. The next time we will take a tour, which seemed to consist of people who are traveling together led by an informed, chatty guide. (We are learning that guides in Malaysia are unusually good). Near the end of our walk we noticed signs with symbols providing information on various plants, e.g., whether they were toxic, a money crop,or had a medicinal use. Doug may include a class at the garden's cooking school during a future trip.
Next we went to the Tropical Fruit Farm because of a blog's recommendation. The tour was a good value we viewed fruit trees and tasted some fruits straight from the source. If we go again I will take notes. After the tour we were treated to a fruit buffet (but no durian) and a smoothies.
|Our excellent guide - his 2nd career|
|Avocado - who knew they grow on trees?|
|The Fruit Buffet - yes we went for seconds. Dragon fruit on the right|
|Don't find the right wish? You can find a do-it-yourself ribbon|
It's the year of the rabbit!