Reveal the mysterious faces of ‘The Other Side of the Island' and ‘The Opposite Side of the Island’
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Kampung Agong (Photo from: https://kampungagong.com/)
From its two UNESCO-designated sites: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site and Penang Hill UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, quirky street art, legendary street food, 130-million-year-old virgin rainforest, to diverse natural landscapes of hills and beaches, it is undoubtable that Penang is one of the most iconic destinations favoured by visitors around the world.
Apart from the famous attractions in George Town, it is a must to discover the hidden gems located at ‘The Other Side of the Island – Balik Pulau and Teluk Bahang’ and ‘The Opposite Side of the Island’ – Seberang Perai’ when you are in Penang.
The charming countryside of Balik Pulau packs an assortment of treasures for nature lovers. Visitors can look forward to enjoying a scenic ride through Balik Pulau's tranquil rural landscape on bicycles and discover the village's folk industries, farms, plantations, and beaches at their own pace.
Teluk Bahang stands out as a unique playground for naturalists and adventure junkies alike. Visitors can spice up a nature-filled itinerary at the Tropical Spice Garden by strolling under towering nutmeg trees and relaxing by the scenic ponds. Those who are on a mission to check two manmade marvels off their “7 World Wonders of Penang” bucket list can head over to ESCAPE Theme Park for the longest water slide with a Guinness World Records title and to ENTOPIA by Penang Butterfly Farm for the world's first tropical butterfly and insect sanctuary.
There are also plenty of hidden gems to discover in Seberang Perai, namely the Butterworth Art Walk, Frog Hill, and Kampong Agong. Visitors can walk down the small alley in Jalan Bagan Luar, also known as Butterworth Art Walk for its eye-catching murals and installations, educating visitors about the mainland's agricultural economy and history. Meanwhile, those who enjoy taking Instagram-worthy photos must make a stop at Kampung Agong in Penaga for the countryside theme park’s Instagram-ready piano, swings, and giant nests.
Frog Hill is a favourite spot for naturalists and avid shutterbugs and is dubbed as Penang's answer to China's well-known Jiuzhaigou that promises dramatic views of turquoise-coloured pools and the occasional sightings of wild water buffaloes wallowing in the water. Frog Hill is a remote area so visitors are advised to exercise extra precautions.
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