Begin with pickup from your Penang beach or city hotel, then travel to Gopeng in an air conditioned vehicle, a roughly 2-hour drive into the Malaysian interior. Meet nature guides for a briefing on your trip through the Gopeng jungle, where you’ll learn about the plants and animals of Peninsular Malaysia as you walk. Listen to a chorus of tropical birdsong and brush past thick foliage, then emerge into a muddy area where the Rajah Brooke butterflies congregate.
The Rajah Brooke Birdwing was first documented in 1855 on the island of Borneo, where naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace spent time with the first Rajah of Sarawak. After observing and photographing the butterflies, make the return trip out of the jungle, watching for wildlife along the way. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, and if time permits, stop to snap photos of the Sultan of Perak’s new and old palaces at Kuala Kangsar before returning to Penang. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Penang hotel.