"Entopia" is the new name for the Penang Butterfly Farm. It is an indoor nature park, encased in a stunning glass, steel and concrete structure, and a vertical wall of potted plants. It is a world of discovery into the creepy and crawly creatures of amphibians, reptiles, insects and bugs. The main attraction is the tens of thousands of butterflies, fluttering freely in the giant structure. Different species, colours and sizes. It is magical. The look on the children's faces is a wonderland of fairytale. It feels surreal being in there with the thousands of butterflies. The feeling is indescribable, taken over by calmness, joyfulness and gentleness of the butterflies, surrounded by the different shades of greens and sound of a man-made waterfall.
Entopía is recently reopened to the public. I was one of the lucky one who has visited the centre a couple of months before its official opening on 9th July 2016. Not many people knew about it then. It was relaxing and easy moving around without the overcrowding. It costs $39 Malaysian Ringgit for the entrance fee, which I thought was cheap for a whole day pass. I envisage that was a promotional fee for the soft opening. It would cost a lot to upkeep and maintain the operation of this place. The staff were enthusiastic, friendly and helpful. It is more than an insect world. It is an education centre teaching visitors the metamorphosis lifecycle of a butterfly, with a complete laboratory and breeding studio.
Entopia is located at 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang. "Jalan" is road. It is far to get there from George Town. Teluk Bahang is a township after Batu Ferringhi, well known for its "Pasar Malam" or night bazaar and beach hotels and resorts - Hard Rock Hotel, Rasa Sayang, Golden Sand, Holiday Inn, Lone Pine.
If you are driving there, keep driving along Batu Ferringhi road until you reached a roundabout at Teluk Bahang. Take the first exit, or turn left, at the roundabout. Less then 1 km on the left is Entopia.
If you are staying at one of the Batu Ferringhi hotel, it is easy to take a taxi or if you are like me, it is just as easy to catch the RapidPenang bus. Bus number 101. The bus fare costs $1.20 Malaysian Ringgit, which is an equivalent of 50 cents Australian. That is a bargain.
Penang is more than the 3 reasons above for visiting. There are many places of interest that is a destination itself. In my view, the No 1 destination spot of 2016/2017 worth visiting Penang has to be Entopia.
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