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Get an up close look at the endangered orangutan on this incredible private tour of Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang. Experience some of the area’s most stunning natural highlights and learn more about local wildlife from your professional guide. You’ll walk through the Taiping Lake Gardens and wander the halls of Perak Museum, plus enjoy the air-conditioned comfort and convenience of your own private vehicle.


  • Day trip to Orangutan Island, Taiping Lake Gardens, Zoo Taiping, and Perak Museum from Penang with a private guide
  • See endangered orangutans at the conservation center on Orangutan Island
  • Visit the highlights of Taiping, a well-preserved colonial city with a gorgeous mountain backdrop from the Bintang Range
  • Stroll through the tranquil Taiping Lake Gardens and learn how it was once a mining area
  • Visit the Taiping zoo and see a variety of exotic animals
  • Check out the extensive and unusual natural history collections at the Perak Museum, Malaysia’s oldest museum
  • Learn from your private guide about Malaysia’s wildlife and the challenges of conservation

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang

Taiping Zoo

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.

Customer Reviews

chris F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Certainly worth a visit here but allow at least 11/2 hour for the zoo

Marion B

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

After docking we met up with Wong and his mini bus and were driven across the new 24km long bridge joining Penang to the mainland then travelled an hour passed fresh water lakes and marsh land then into the mountains to the theme park at Laketown. Here a ferry took us across to Orangutan island where we were met by our guide. To see the Orangs we walked in a cage unfortunately not good for photography. They were separated from the cage by an electric fence about a metre away. Being clever animals they knew not to touch this and retrieved some fruit thrown to them using sticks. We were introduced to them by name and learnt about the hierarchy and personalities.
From here it was a 30 minute drive to the zoo. With perspiration dripping off us December we viewed what animals were not taking shelter before going to the museum. Here we viewed many of the Malaysian animals me missed at the zoo - stuffed. That was good - it was cool inside and the animals couldn't run away! There were many species we hadn't seen before.
A very full day with a diversity of scenery.

CIA Australia

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Great to be up close to these amazing animals. We met a teacher with a school group who were super friendly and took pic's of us with the kids.Good day out

Lesley C

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

The Iranian island was worth doing but would advise English speaking tourists not to the Taiping Zoo as the guide, even after repeated efforts to get him to translate into English completely ignored the request. The Perak Museum was worth doing though.

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