The Habitat Penang Hill: A Complete Guide To An Enchanting Malaysian Rainforest Experience

Penang is a holiday destination popular for its delicious local food and exciting attractions. When you’re in Penang, one place that’s an absolute must-visit is The Habitat Penang Hill. The Habitat sits on the fringe of the Penang Hill jungle reserve area and celebrates the biodiversity that lies in Malaysian rainforests. 

At The Habitat, you can be close to nature and marvel at its wonders. There are plenty of fun things to do here, so be sure not to miss out on any excitement! Here’s our guide to this vast rainforest discovery centre to help you make the most of your visit:



Here are some important details you need to know:

  • The Habitat is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM (exit by 7 PM)
  • Ticket price depends on the type of entry pass and add-ons you choose



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How To Get There

Take a funicular train from the Lower Station up to Penang Hill. Then, follow the signboard directions to The Habitat.



Major Attractions

These are the mustn’t-miss attractions at The Habitat: Penang Hill that will be the highlights of your visit:


Langur Way Canopy Walk

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This canopy walk, approximately 230 metres in length and set 40 metres above the ground, goes right through the jungle to give you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. This walkthrough the jungle is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before! On this elevated walkway, you can admire the different layers of the forest from the forest floor to the emergent canopy.



Curtis Crest Treetop Walk

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The Treetop Walk is the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Penang. It provides visitors a spectacular view of the island, and on clear days, Langkawi can also be seen in the distance. Walk around the platform and marvel at the beauty of nature before you.



Trail and Gardens

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The Habitat offers a 1.6 km long Nature Trail for visitors to explore the forest at their own pace and be closer to nature. Charming gardens line the way including Fern Garden, Butterfly Bank, Fragrant Garden, and Ginger and Palm Grove. Read the educational signs along the way to learn more about the various flora and fauna that reside in this enchanting rainforest.



The Flight of the Colugo

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This adventure course, consisting of 5 zip lines, 1 abseil, and 1 rope bridge, is a must-try for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike! Glide from tree to tree on the zip lines like a Flying Lemur and enjoy an aerial view of the rainforest. 

What better way to experience the wonders of this Malaysian rainforest than to zip through the forest at top speed! This will certainly be the highlight of your trip to Penang Island. Prior booking is advised for this activity.



Sunset Walk 

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This Sunset Walk combines the wonders of the Nature Trail and Treetop Walk to give its visitors an unforgettable evening. Start with a Guided Nature Walk with trained naturalists and then, head over to the Treetop Walk to watch the sunset. The highest viewing point on the island offers a sunset view unlike any other. 

End your visit with a Guided Night Walk through the Nature Trail by lantern light. You may catch a glimpse of some exotic animals including Flying Lemur, Giant Flying Squirrel, Penang Gecko, and many others. 



No trip to Penang would be complete without a visit to ESCAPE Theme Park and Dark Mansion. Go ahead and book these tickets in advance as well for a stress-free holiday!



The Habitat Penang Hill

Address: The Habitat Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera, 11300 Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily
Contact Number: +604 826 7677



Words by Vidhya Sathyamoorthy
Featured image from The Habitat Penang Hill Instagram & Marek Poplawski on Shutterstock