One of the main attractions while you are on your travel to Malaysia would be the thick lowland tropical rainforest which is filled with various plant and tree species as well as wildlife species too. The coolest part of your travel to Malaysia would be the never ending of surprises found throughout your journey especially when you are having your holiday in Penang. Penang has a balance mixture of greenery as well as city life that is all packed up in this small island. You can be assured that you will fall in love with Penang the moment you lay your eyes on it. Penang is well known for promoting green and responsible travel thus you would find most of its tourist attractions are heritage sites as well as nature parks. Introducing Penang’s newest attraction, Monkey Cup Garden which is situated about 1.5km from Penang Hill’s police station along Jalan Yahya Petra (towards Tiger Hill and Western Hill).
The Monkey Cup, also known as Nepenthes or pitcher plants, was given the name due to the fact that monkeys have been seen drinking rainwater from these plants. These delicate creatures are mostly found in environments that provide high humidity, precipitation and moderate to high light levels which make Penang Hill the most suitable place for them to grow in full bloom. Aside from this pitcher plant ecology, you can also find ferns, orchids and shrubs planted in this mossy garden. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot other creatures such as squirrels, monkeys and tree shrews or the stick insect and leaf mantis well camouflages among the greeneries. If you are visiting the Garden late in the evenings, you will hear the cicadas and crickets breaking the silence with their singing.
The Garden is open every day from 6.30am to 10pm during weekdays and 6.30am to 11pm during weekends and public holidays. You may choose to walk up to the Monkey Cup Garden to enjoy the serene atmosphere (roughly half an hour walk) or take a buggy ride which cost about MYR30 for up to 6 people per ride. Entrance fee for the Garden is MYR 10 per person. It may seem like a rip-off to pay such money to look at plants but once you are inside, you will agree that it is well worth the money. There are a collection of Monkey Cup species from the original kind to hybrid species from Madagascar, India, Brazil and Philippines among others. Apart from sightseeing, there is also a space for BBQ lovers to host their own BBQ parties there for free. So you can enjoy your party among nature for a change. When you are ready to leave, you can actually buy these carnivorous plants as a souvenir for your ecotourism tours. Depending on its species as well as size, the price can range from MYR 20 and above.
There are a few important guidelines on responsible travel that you would have to take note of while spending your time in the Monkey Cup Garden. It may be tempting but do not harvest any plants from this site. If you must have a souvenir to remember this place, get it from the souvenir shop or buy your own Monkey Cup from the Garden. In addition, you should respect the natural environment and pick up after yourself. Do not litter and help keep the garden clean and visitors friendly. During your visit, you may encounter wildlife such as squirrels and monkeys. You are advised to keep distances from them and avoid feeding them anything. Feeding them may seem mundane but it can affect the ecosystems. Follow these simple guidelines and you are at the right path.
Be mesmerised with what Malaysia has to offer you when you are on holiday in Penang at the Monkey Cup Garden.
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