Entopia was one of our many highlight in our Penang Trip.
There are incredibly so many rave reviews on it that we can't wait to here on our final day in Penang.
They are located at the Batu Ferigghini area where we stayed in our final 2 days, so it makes it easier for us where we took grab car for only Rm10.
They have a huge premise, and when I mean huge I meant really super huge. We just drifted past with our kids and we easily spent about 3 hours inside. If you want to go at slower pace and more in-depth, I think it can easily go above 5 hours.
When we entered, we knew exactly this is the right place we wanted to go.
You think about how we used to learn about all the insects and butterflies and how they evolve and nest inside the textbook. This was exactly where all the butterflies and insects came out in nature and interact with us. If you are bringing children, just imagine bringing first hand education learning for them. Not on the book, it's right live learning for them.
For the first few section, we saw many of the reptiles such as snakes, frogs and insects such as centipede, scorpion and the Tarantula spider. Some were in enclosed area while others are in an open space. Of course, you are advised not to get too near or touch them. If you are like my wife who found these stuff a bit eery and disgusting then you can skip this part.
Along the way, we went past a lot of the waterfall and beautiful flowers, similar to what we experience back in the Dome in Singapore. The place was an open enclosed area so we get to shade around when it's raining and then resurface back again to the open area. Weather was cooling and is a great art piece of nature at its very best.
Along the main centerpiece, we suddenly see a lot of people stopping by.
It gets a bit crowded because suddenly you see everyone raising their hand gingerly to catch the butterfly attention, who will stop by anywhere at your hand, clothes, phones. There were soooo many of them that you won't worry not getting enough of their attention. There's some skills needed though, I personally struggled with it at the start but you get the gist of it once you know the trick. I'm not going to spoil this one and will let you guys to try it on your own :)
The butterflies are flying freely in an open space and they are such beautiful delicate, with many different kind of species which they will introduce at a later stage, well if you are interested to learn more in depth that is.
Both my boys were super excited at this point, and I bet the same goes for others too.
We continued to explore the butterflies as we walked on.... They are literally everywhere!!!
Oops, too many butterflies pictures perhaps at this point.
Of course we will not forget to capture a moment of our family photos as well :D
"What is that Daddy?"......asked Oscar.
"Hmm, I think it's a giant lizard!"
At this point, I think we were all quite sweaty by now so we went in to the more cooling air-con area, everyone's favorite spot haha...
We didn't actually know what to expect in this one but the moment we were in, we were greeted by some mysterious illuminate walkway of the Pandora Forest.
To our amaze, they actually detailed through all the information on all the insects they have. So if you are interested to learn on how butterflies evolve, how long they live, what's their nest and eggs looks like, it's all there. They also have many programme interaction with the visitors so do look out for the timesheet.
This is why learning never ends.
This is why learning never ends.
We wanted to have a little rest so we stepped into one of the cinema which detailed through about how insects, mainly centipede lives and fights in the open nature.
Just before we finished the last section, there's a huge showroom of the different items that you can make from the material of nature. One of the more stands out was the wedding gown which caught the attention of many visitors.
So there you go, a happy session for all and most importantly a first hand learning where Oscar now know how butterflies evolve from a moth. Pupae -> Caterpillar -> Butterflies.