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Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang

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George Town, Malaysia

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Get an up close look at the endangered orangutan on this incredible 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 vehicle.
  • Discover Bukit Merah, Orang Utan Island, Taiping and Perak Museum on a comprehensive day trip from Penang
  • Cross one of southeast Asia's longest bridges—the Penang Bridge
  • See endangered orangutans at the conservation center on Orangutan Island
  • Visit the highlights of Taiping, a well-preserved tin-mining town with a gorgeous mountain backdrop from the Bintang Range
  • 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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English-speaking driver cum guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (within Penang Island)
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance Fees: Orang Utan Island
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour of Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang kicks off with hotel pick up by your friendly and professional guide. Travel across South East Asia's longest bridge as you head south from Penang Island. Look out as you pass through palm plantations and pineapple fields to Bukit Merah in the comfort of your 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 tin-mining town and visit Perak Museum, one of Malaysia's oldest museums. Enjoy lunch (own expense) before returning to your Penang hotel via the Penang Bridge. Enjoy epic views and snap some memorable photos along the route 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.
Stop At:  
Perak Museum
One of the first and oldest museums in Malaysia
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Orang Utan Island
Opportunity to observe the primates in their natural habitat.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 2 passenger minimum per booking required
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent are recommended
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • In case the Bukit Merah Laketown Orangutan Island is not operating, we will replace with a visit to Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest and a charcoal kiln where charcoals are produced
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • **Bukit Merah lake water currently is decreasing, therefore, the boat schedule to Orang Utan Island has been reschedule from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Asian Overland Services

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Highlight of our trip
Bronwen D
, Aug 2019
Our driver, Herrik was punctual and we were pleased to find that we were the only passenger. The drive to Taiping, a pleasant small city with many old buildings, was interesting and comfortable. We visited the beautiful Lake Gardens and war cemetery, before having a coffee at a quaint roadside cafe opposite the prison, called Mom's prison corner cafe. The museumwas in a beautiful old building and was well curated. Then on to the Lske Resort where we grabbed a hasty bite of lunch in the cafe. The boat trip to the island took about 15 minutes. Our guide at the Orangutan facility was informative and she as well as the keepers ensured that ee eere able to view and interact with about 10 of the animals.
From start to finish the tour was first...
, Feb 2018
From start to finish the tour was first rate. The driver/guide was on time arriving at our hotel at 8am. He introduced himself and told us any questions we had, to ask and he would try to answer them, which he did. We first went to Taiping Zoo we were there for an hour and a half, which we felt was long enough. Not a big Zoo. Animals looked healthy hopefully well looked after. Following that we went to Perak Museum, which was very interesting out of the two we felt we would have liked more time at the Museum. Following the Museum we set off to see the Orangutan's. All the way our guide was giving us lots of interesting facts about Penang. Before going to the Orangutan Island we had lunch at the Lakeside. Very good food at very cheap price. After lunch we left our guide and crossed to the island on the ferry which was a plesant journey. We were met with a guide from the Island. We were very lucky as we were the only visitors at that time which was great. The guide was very interesting telling us all about the Island and the work they do for the Orangutan's and of course telling us about the Orangutan's. She told us all their names and as we called to them they responded. It was fantastic we were so lucky to see them and so many of them. We saw the youngest and the oldest. It was a day we will remember for a very long time. For anyone who likes the Orangutans, as we do, it is a must do trip. A little tip go during the week it is quieter a tip from our driver/guide.
The orangutans are the stars of this...
Mr Clifford D
, Mar 2017
The orangutans are the stars of this tour and are well worth it. The trip to the zoo is at the hottest part of the day - the majority of the animals looked hot or couldn't be seen. Not sure about the conditions at the zoo. Museum is a let down after the orangutans. But tour is with it for them!!
After docking we met up with Wong and...
Marion B
, Jan 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.
Great to be up close to these amazing...
, Nov 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
The Iranian island was worth doing but...
Lesley C
, 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.
Certainly worth a visit here but allow...
chris F
, Apr 2015
Certainly worth a visit here but allow at least 11/2 hour for the zoo

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