Entopia is a scenic butterfly farm in Penang
Malaysia has plenty of scenic parks for us to become one with nature. Some of the best ones are packed with flowers and butterflies to make us feel as if we’ve wandered into a garden out of a Studio Ghibli film – such as Entopia, a butterfly farm in Penang.
Not only does this park have 15,000 free-flying butterflies and 200 different plant species, but it also looks like the Cloud Forest in Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay, with its dome steel-frame roof, waterfalls, and plenty of IG-worthy spots.
A butterfly aviary with waterfalls and caves
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Entopia was once known as the Penang Butterfly Garden which opened back in 1986. But it has since rebranded itself into a nature-learning facility with a conservation park open for public visitors.
And it’s pretty impressive even on the outside. You’ll see over 80,000 plants forming a green wall that mimics the surface patterns on a leaf. According to Entopia’s website, it was even recognised as the “Biggest Green Wall” in Malaysia in 2017 by The Malaysia Book of Records.
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But take your time and enter this butterfly farm to visit its butterfly aviaries called Natureland. It is a vivarium – an enclosure designed to keep animals under semi-natural conditions – with greenhouse temperatures to cater to thousands of butterflies and plants. Inside, you’ll be treated to sights of several waterfalls, ponds with floating lily pads, and caves too.
Tickets for adults (from RM49/pax) and kids (from RM29/pax) can be purchased online here. And there’s a special deal just for Penang kias until the end of December 2020 that sees up to 50% off all walk-in tickets too. You can check out all their current promotions here.
Hang out with butterflies while taking in views of man-made waterfalls
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There’s also a center structure you can’t miss out on here called Home Tree. It’s a massive tree that just barely grazes the top of the roof, and with unique branches that look almost like a person’s hand.
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Indoor galleries and a cafe set in nature
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Once you’re done exploring the gardens, head inside to Entopia’s Cocoon Indoor Discovery Centre. It’s a 2-storey exhibition area with enchanting galleries, such as the Pandora Forest that’s an interactive space to learn about legends and myths of butterflies and moths.
There’s also a fun Time Tunnel that lights up and changes colours as you walk through it.
Once you feel peckish, drop by Tapestree, an in-house cafe set among impressive views of nature back in Natureland. You’ll have Asian options of Ah Boy Chicken Rice (RM22) and Western plates such as Chicken Aglio Olio (RM22) and Tuna Wrap With Fries (RM24).
Top it all off with a cup of Cafe Latte (RM11.50) or Mocha (RM12.50), or non-caffeinated options of Iced Lemon Tea (RM5) or Iced Milo (RM6.50).
Not leaving anyone out, this cafe has also recently been certified Halal.
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Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm in Penang
We can’t get enough of nature spots in Malaysia – especially when it involves butterflies and flowers. So for the best of both worlds and a day well spent in nature, hit up Entopia. Penang kias will also definitely want to make a few trips out here to take full advantage of the promotions that are available just for them at this time.
Address: 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Thu – Tue, 9AM-6PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 04-888 8111
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