Things To Do In Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm

Things To Do In Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm

After the morning at the awesome Kek Lok Si Temple, we headed for Entopia, the Penang Butterfly Farm. It was a nice drive. On the way there, some parts of the journey was by the sea. We even passed an area that reminded me of the seaside areas of Phuket.

To be honest, I was not very keen on Entopia. I wondered just how interesting can a place filled with butterflies be? Boy, was I wrong! Entopia offered so much more than just tropical butterflies. It was definitely one of the Things You Must Do In Penang!

So now, I will share with you about this awesome place that you must visit. I will provide a video walk-through below, plus my experience at Entopia with lots of photos. Also, useful information such as visiting hours, ticket prices are all in this blog post.

* Tip: You will spend at least two hours here. More if you take a breather at their lovely cafe.

Come join me on this wondrous journey!


Entopia – The Video

I took a lot of videos. There were a lot of stuff to capture on film. There was a wide variety of butterflies. And more than that.

There were other creatures like frogs, snakes, insects, ducks, lizards, dragonflies, ants, and many more. There was also the very cool and scientific exploration of the world of butterflies in the Cocoon zone. Don’t miss all this in the video below.

I have compiled and edited all the videos into one. Here it is. Watch it now!


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About Entopia

How did Entopia get started? All of us have to thank a gentleman named David Goh, the founder. In 1986, his passion for butterflies inspired him to build a butterfly farm that would be a top tourist attraction in Penang.

Bunch of Red Hibiscus became a Feeding Area for Butterflies
Bunch of Red Hibiscus became a Feeding Area for Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Since, then the Penang Butterfly Farm had millions of visitors. Yours truly and my friends are now part of that impressive number. In addition, Entopia won many awards and is voted as one of the best destinations in Penang on TripAdvisor.

The large attraction has two main zones – Natureland and Cocoon (more information about these are below). In addition to all the interesting creatures, butterflies and animals, the site offers Learning Activities that educate the public all about the exhibits and nature.

Entopia Map
Entopia Map, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved. >>> Click on above image for Larger version <<<

Natureland

Immediately upon entry, we were at Natureland. This first zone has been described as a living garden vivarium. The first area was the Mystery Cave. There were frogs, spiders, snakes and many other creatures.

Mystery Cave

There Were Other Creatures Too
There Were Other Creatures Too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Mystery Cave was dimly lit. As we exit, we entered Tiger Falls, and it was breathtaking! The scenery was beautiful with a waterfall as well as plant and flowers everywhere.

Butterflies Everywhere!

More than 15,000 butterflies from hundreds of species were flying freely, drinking sweet nectar from the flowers, and fluttering up into the air all around. We wandered into this peaceful space, awe struck, and immersed in an idyllic and almost paradise-like environment.

A Charming Copper Butterfly
A Charming Copper Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Info about Tiger Butterflies
Info about Tiger Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved. >>> Click above image for Larger version <<<
Common Tiger Butterfly sitting and sipping on a flower
Common Tiger Butterfly sitting and sipping on a flower, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Beautiful Blue and Black Butterfly sat on the floor
Beautiful Blue and Black Butterfly sat on the floor. © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Yellow Glassy Tiger Butterfly
Yellow Glassy Tiger Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
A Lovely Tiger Butterfly
A Lovely Tiger Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Another Gorgeous Tiger Butterfly
Another Gorgeous Tiger Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Cluster of White Butterflies
Cluster of White Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
One of the Many Feeding Areas for Butterflies
One of the Many Feeding Areas for Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
A Pretty Purple Butterfly landed on a friend's hand
A Pretty Purple Butterfly landed on a friend’s hand, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

There Were Other Creatures Too!

There Were Dragons Too
There Were Dragons Too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
There Were Dragonflies Too
There Were Dragonflies Too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Cocoon

After hours exploring Natureland, we arrived at the entrance of the Cocoon. I wondered what secrets this mysterious looking entrance will lead us to?

Entrance to Cocoon Zone
Entrance to Cocoon Zone, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The entire Cocoon is indoors. It has two floors of learning exhibition and indoor activities. There were various installations, videos, multimedia shows, interactive stations and even a mini theater inside.

All these provided a walk-through experience that educated us about the world of the invertebrates. They named the different parts of the Cocoon as the Pandora Forest, Metamorphosis, Lumino City, Downtown Entopia, Breeding Ground, Underground Mysteries and Understory Tales.

Watch the above video for more visuals of Natureland and Cocoon!

Cocoons
Cocoons, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Conclusion

Entopia is definitely One of the Places You Must Visit when you are in Penang! As mentioned at the start of this article, I had low expectations of this attraction. Mainly because in the past I had been disappointed with many such places that had lots of hype.

But Entopia proved me wrong. As I explored this awesome place, my mind changed its perception of it. Entopia truly over delivered. For the price, it is more than worth it.

One of the things I would advise is to dedicate at least half a day here. This place deserves a slow and deliberate exploration. Enjoy the scenery. Be one with the nature that if offers.

Lastly, do purchase the tickets online and at least 3 days earlier to enjoy the 10% discount. My friends and I did not know of this offer, and we lost out on the 10% discount. But we do not see why you should not enjoy it.


Where is Entopia?

From the map shown below, if you think that Entopia is far from George Town or any city area in Penang, you are not wrong. It is quite a distance away.

As I wrote at the start of this article, my friends and I traveled to Entopia by car. One of my friends drove, and that made getting around Penang quite easy.

It took us about 20 to 30 minutes to travel from George Town to Entopia. We took the route along the coast, and enjoyed views of the beautiful sea. We even passed Batu Feringghi but did not have time to explore it. Maybe next time?

Operating Hours

Opens Daily, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (including weekends and public holidays)

Entrance Fee

Here is the ticket prices as at January 2018. For current ticket prices, please visit the Entopia website.

Entopia Entry Ticket Prices
Entopia Entry Ticket Prices, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

* Tip: Last ticket sale and entry is at 5.00 pm (but what are you doing visiting at such a late hour? There is too much to see and not enough time if you arrive at 5.00 pm!)

* Tip: Buy your tickets online 3 days in advance and Save 10%!

Address

830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia

Contact

Email: info@entopia.com
Phone: +604-8888 111

How To Get There?

By Foot

No way. Travel by bus, cab or Grab. Best choice is Grab.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. Travel by bus, cab or Grab. Again, best choice is Grab.

By Bus

You can take buses 101 from Weld Quay to Teluk Bahang, 102 from Penang Airport or 501 from Balik Pulau Town. But honestly, the buses have fixed timings, and are not so frequent. Better if you have a car or commute by cab or better still, use Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Penang, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. There is ample car park lots at Entopia.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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If you have ANY questions about this article, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

18 Replies to “Things To Do In Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm”

  1. I know exactly what you mean about butterfly houses being better than you’d expect! There is one in my hometown that I actually love to take people to – they never seem keen at first.

    But some places, like fairgrounds and popular beaches can be very anti-climactic. They can’t possibly live up to the expectation.

    So, next time I’m in Malaysia I will definitely visit entopia!

    1. Thanks Tony. Sounds like there is a nice butterfly house in your hometown too.
      When you visit entopia, do come back and let us know your views on the awesome place.
      Meantime, do subscribe to my Best Places To Visit in Asia newsletter for updates. 🙂

  2. I am obsessed with butterflies! This sounds like such a wonderful and educational place to visit while in Penang. I had no idea there were so many species and the varieties there vary so much from here. I am going to have to show my Aunt this as she loves things winged creatures even more than me. In the feeding area, do you have any idea what they are being fed? It looks like an interesting type of cake. I get many butterflies here and wonder if it something I could get to help the species as well. Thank you

    1. Hi Christina! I am glad you like butterflies. I love them too! They are so pretty and delightful.
      I too did not expect to see so many varieties of butterflies at entopia. I can watch them all day!

      Oh, thanks for sharing this with your Aunt. I hope she enjoys seeing all the photos and video?

      They used Hibiscus (the red flower) for one of the feeding zones. The feeding area where they used those round yellow things were actually slices of Pineapple. In Malaysia, they have pineapple plantations, and they are very sweet. I think the sweet juice attracts the butterflies, and they drink it.

  3. Wow, this place looks beautiful! I love learning about animals and nature so this would be a place I’d love to visit in my lifetime. Really enjoyed the video, it was like I was there looking at all these beautiful things.

    Thank you for the great post! The pictures of the butterflies and lizards were amazing and very detailed info on how to get there and the best places to visit. Definitely going on my bucket list 🙂

    Thank you giving us this great information.

    1. Hi Sabrina. You’re welcome. I am happy that you enjoyed this post. I too love nature, and learning about it.

      Glad to know this is going to your bucket list. When you are there, do come back to my blog post and share your experience.

      Meanwhile, please subscribe to the Best Places To Visit in Asia newsletter for updates. 🙂

  4. Hello Tim,
    A very interesting post about the the Entopia ButterFly farm in Penang.

    To tell you the truth, the first time I heard about a butterfly farm was not in the happy and inspiring way described and shown with beautiful pictures like you do in the post.
    Maybe it’s because I deal in the pain management niche, but the first time I heard about a Butterfly Farm was as therapy for those who needed to overcome their fears of insects.

    This alternative therapy encouraged visitors to conquer their irrational responses to insects by assessing their emotions and understanding the root of their fear.

    So it’s nice to know that butterflies can be appreciated not only for their beauty but also for their ability to dramatically increase the happiness factor of people who are suffering from serious illness.
    In fact, there was a time when butterflies were let loose in cancer wards.

    That said, one doesn’t have to be ill or suffer from a phobia to get the benefits of your excellent post. It was a joy just reading it. Nice job.

    1. Thanks Thabo. Glad you enjoyed this blog post.

      What you shared about using butterflies for therapy is very interesting. I can see how a large number of butterflies can be scary to some people, especially those who have fear of insects.

      But entopia presents the butterflies in such a peaceful and lovely scenery. I believe anyone who visits will enjoy it.

  5. What a beautiful article about a beautiful place! I absolutely love butterflies so I would probably need at least an entire day to spend at this butterfly haven! You are so lucky to have visited such a magical place. Your pictures are lovely and your video is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing such a unique place to visit. I will add it to my bucket list!

    1. Thanks Brenda! Glad you enjoyed this blog post, pics and video. And happy to hear that you have added it to your bucket list.

      I totally know what you mean when you say that you will need to spend at least a day here. I felt the same after just an afternoon visit. I wished I had dedicated more time for entopia. I will definitely visit this place again. I heard that they are expanding the area, and there will be more to see. Watch for an update of entopia next year. 🙂

  6. This looks like an awesome place to visit and full of color. The pictures of the butterflies are beautiful, it is almost like being there. I love to watch butterflies and would love to visit the Entopia Butterfly Farm. Another thing that caught my eye was the dragons, I use to have a bearded dragon and he was so much fun. It would have been great to have him in a place like that.

    1. It truly was an awesome place, Dena. I must confess I was not keen at first to visit. I thought it was just going to be anti climatic and boring. I was so wrong! It was a very enchanting and beautiful place. I love that the butterflies were flying around everywhere.

      And oh yes! The dragons were very cool. You had a bearded dragon! Sounds fun!

      Please do explore my website more. And if you ever visit Asia, do book a room at great discount with Agoda. You can get rooms at low prices because of the huge discounts. 🙂

  7. Hello Timotheus,

    I loved to read your enthusiastic article about Entopia. I have put it on my bucket list now.

    The pictures of the butterflies are gorgeous and also the video makes me wanna go there immediately. Hundreds of species of butterflies in beautiful colours – that must really be joyous to see. The dragons look fascinating too. Unfortunately, it is too far away for me to go there over the weekend, but when I travel to Malaysia, I definitively want to visit Entopia.

    Pernilla

    1. Hi Pernilla,

      Thanks for your kind compliments! 🙂

      The butterflies are so awesome! They were not afraid of people, and anyone can slowly move closer to get a good shot of them. That was how I was able to capture all the pretty pictures of them and video as well.

      Very happy to hear this is in your bucket list now. I look forward to you visiting Penang, Malaysia. After your visit to entopia, do come back and let us know how you feel about this amazing place. 🙂

  8. I am more amazed at what Penang offers everytime I read one of your new posts, you are not being fair tempted us with such beautiful photographs and content on this wonderful place to visit. I might go to Penang one day and not wish to return home, what is the laws for an American to stay in Penang.

    Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff. Thank you for your kind compliments. It is good to hear such good feedback and comments from readers.
      Hahaha … thank you too for the kind praise of the photos and content. I am happy to capture such beautiful pictures. I plan to get the new Canon camera soon. So, get ready to see even better photos and videos. 🙂

      I am not sure about the laws for an American to stay in Penang. I am sure they are very friendly to your great nation. Give me some time to check this out, and get back to you? (it may take a while as I will be busy teaching these two weeks, my advance apologies for that)

  9. You have showed me in this post how Penang is a place with many things to do and attractions for tourists. I would love to spend my day with the butterflies, I am a big animal and nature lover.

    Jeff

    1. Thanks again, Jeff. Entopia will definitely please you. I too am an animal and nature lover. And I truly enjoyed the place. I will definitely visit entopia again when I visit Penang. 🙂

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