Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Penang Butterfly Farm

Planning a visit to Penang, Malaysia? Head over to our Penang Weekend Getaway Travel Summary and get some ideas on what to see and do.

The Penang Butterfly Farm is more than just a tourist attraction. It is set up as a 'live museum' to educate the public as well as a research centre to develop breeding methods. The Farm's founder David Goh explains the philosophy behind its operation

Butterflies are beautiful creatures of the wild. The visitor to the Penang Butterfly Farm, finding himself surrounded by a myriad of fluttering butterflies within a seemingly natural setting, is likely to think himself in a sort of enchanted wilderness, bejeweled with the colorful gems of creation.

The main attraction of the Butterfly Farm is undoubtedly the free flying papilions in the enormous enclosure. The visitor can inspect the butterflies at close quarters as they flit around their favorite nectar plants. The exhibition of selected insects and reptiles are also crowd drawers. The visitor, having traversed this complex of displays ends up in a souvenir shop selling butterfly-related paraphernalia.

Today, the Penang Butterfly Farm is the first tropical butterfly farm ever set up in the tropical world, with an average flying population of 4000 Malaysian butterflies of 120 different species, including the rare Indian Leafl (Kallima paralekta) and the endangered Yellow Bird wing (Troides helena). Probably the most famous of Malaysian butterflies is the Rajah Brooke's Bird wing of the Papilionidae family. First discovered in Borneo in 1855 by A. R. Wallace, it was named after the first British Rajah of Sarawak.

Malay Peninsular has over 1000 recorded butterfly species, among the highest of any country in the world in relation to her small land mass. David Goh, the founder of the Penang Butterfly Farm was inspired and encouraged by Mr. Clive Farrell, owner of the Stratford Butterfly Farm at Stratford-on-Avon (birth-place of William Shakespeare) in England, to start a tropical butterfly farm in Malaysia.

The Penang Butterfly Farm is now a household name in Penang and a "must-see" for visitors since it opened in 1986. The farm located right at the end of the tourist hotel strip at Batu Ferringhi stands on a 0.8 hector site in Teluk Bahang, about 17km from George town. It has become one of the most popular stops on Penang's round island tour. The success of the Butterfly Farm as a tourist attraction has even inspired a series of similar commercial operations in Malacca, Cameron highlands and Singapore.

In spite of its general fame, the aspect of the Penang Butterfly Farm which means most to the people behind it has gained scant recognition within Malaysia. According to David Goh, "the locals only think of the Penang Butterfly Farm as a money making operation. In fact the farm is known and respected internationally as a breeding centre."

ADULT: RM 27.00 per person
CHILD: RM 15.00 per person
CHILD (3 years & below): FREE ADMISSION
SENIOR CITIZEN: RM13.50 per person (proof of age required)
MYKAD/MYKID HOLDER: 33.3% discount on adult/child entrance price (upon presentation of MyKad/MyKid)
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.30pm (Last Entry at 5.00pm)
Weekend & Public Holidays: 9.00am – 6.00pm (Last Entry at 5.30pm)

**Penang Butterfly Farm is open 365 days all year round except half day on the eve of Chinese New Year Day

Discounts are available to school bookings and other large groups. Please contact us for prior bookings and other services such as educational program which can be conducted with groups and more information to enjoy special rates.

Customer Service:
Tel : 604-885 1253
Fax : 604-885 1741
Address : 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang,
Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang. Malaysia.


  1. I can get lost here Che, so beautiful, and love butterflies, pictures are awesome, my favorite is you and Kyla in the 2nd pic, you look simply Cher-rific, slim and super elegant, no wonder where Kyla got all her cher-rific poses too.

  2. What a fantastic place to spend time with the family, Cher. Gorgeous butterflies!

  3. Those butterflies are so tame, so close to get these macros. There's a lot of varieties, so far the most, of the butterfly farm I visited.

  4. What a beautiful place for a family. Your photos are great. Thank you for sharing.


  5. I could spend hours there! Beautiful pictures and family! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I've never been to a butterfly farm. There's a butterfly pavilion near an hour north of us, I'll have to take the grandkids there one of these days. Nice photos!

  7. amazingly beautiful butterflies! lovely images of a fabulous day you must have had! thank you for sharing!

  8. Nice place to take the family.

  9. Wow! What a beautiful place to visit. I love nature. Pls check-out my entry. Thanks.

  10. Such fantastic greenery and beautiful butterflies.

  11. Dear Sir/Madam,


    Warm Greetings from Penang Butterfly Farm!

    Due to the unforeseen rainy weather in the month of May has caused inevitable disruption on the upgrading work at Penang Butterfly Farm. Therefore, its temporary closure period will be extended until 5 JUNE 2011.

    Penang Butterfly Farm will be reopened to public on 6 JUNE 2011 and its visiting hours will be revised to 9:00am – 6:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm) DAILY including public holidays.

    The management hereby apologizes for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your patience.

    Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us

    Thank you

    Best Regards

    Yin San | Marketing & Promotions Executive
    Penang Butterfly Farm | 830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
    t: +604-8851253 | f: +604-8851741

  12. what a PRETTY PLACE to visit!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  13. oh, sigh....looking forward to someday butterfly photo catching with you twinzy...awesome shots...lovely family :)

  14. So beautiful!

  15. those butterflies are amazing

  16. Hello.
    You & your family look like you all had a wonderful time.

    Awesome photos!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Probing Into Your Thoughts

  17. I love butterfly farms and the idea of visiting one in a different country has me drooling. Thanks for the post and especially the mosaic.

  18. The butterfly collage is a smart idea showing off all the lovely creatures in that butterfly sanctuary. Thanks for sharing

    Visiting from TT

  19. such a great place for family bonding visiting from TT heres my entry Points of View of Travels and Places

  20. what a beautiful place. great captures too. visiting thru TT!

  21. mine is up mine is up mine is up

    this is really neat. it's been awhile that i haven't seen really nice butterflies. i don't think we have a butterfly garden here in our place

  22. I love the photos! I like seeing snaps with so many greens on it! I'm sure this is a beautiful place to check out! I love the butterfly sanctuary at any museum here that we go to! :)

    Visiting for last week's TT as a host! Thanks for your share! Hope you don't stop joining as I always enjoyed your share! Linky for this week is now up, just so you know! :)