Your private tour of Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang kicks off with hotel pick up by your friendly and professional guide. Travel by ferry to the mainland, where you’ll meet your driver and make your way two hours south to Bukit Merah in the comfort of your own private vehicle. Upon arrival, you’ll follow your guide on a 10-minute boat ride across calm waters to the stunning Orangutan Island. This quiet sanctuary is home to these endangered animals, as well as a staff of individuals charged with protecting and preserving them.
Wander the paths with your friendly guide and learn about the efforts to protect their habitat as you keep your eyes peeled for roaming orangutans and maybe even some of their playful babies!
Leave the island head to Taiping, where you’ll visit a well-preserved colonial town and enjoy lunch (own expense) before exploring Taiping Lake Gardens. Once a destination for mining companies, this 160-acred (64-hectare) park has been transformed into a natural escape where you’ll have a chance to see angsana tress and relax in the quiet beauty of the park.
From there, follow your guide to the Taiping Zoo. Check out elephants, monkeys and dozens of other animals before making your way to Perak Museum. Your guide will walk you through the Art Deco building, built in 1883, and share stories about the history of the nation, as well as this historic building on your tour.
Finally, return to your Penang hotel via the Penang Bridge—the third longest bridge on earth. Enjoy epic views and snap some memorable photos before your journey ends.
Please note: In case the Bukit Merah Laketown Orangutan Island is not open, you'll visit the Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest and see a charcoal kiln where charcoal is produced.