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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There Were Other Creatures Too!
After hours exploring Natureland, we arrived at the entrance of the Cocoon. I wondered what secrets this mysterious looking entrance will lead us to?
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!
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?
Opens Daily, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (including weekends and public holidays)
Here is the ticket prices as at January 2018. For current ticket prices, please visit the Entopia website.
* 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%!
830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-8888 111
How To Get There?
No way. Travel by bus, cab or Grab. Best choice is Grab.
This is a small town. There are no train services. Travel by bus, cab or Grab. Again, best choice is Grab.
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.
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.
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.
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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Thank you for reading this.
Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,