As much as we’d love to always just lie on beautiful beaches, occasionally Matt and I force ourselves to actually see some sites while traveling. When we arrived in Penang, we didn’t know what there was to do there other than eat and play on the beach. Luckily, one of the teenage daughters at the homestay where we stayed convinced us that Penang’s butterfly park was worth hopping on a bus and seeing another part of town. After a short bus ride and a not so short trek through a sparsely populated residential and farming area, we finally reached the Penang Butterfly Farm.
Butterfly farms are essentially just outdoor enclosures (completely covered in netting) full of foliage and beautiful butterflies, just going about their business and ignoring the people wandering through their home. Occasionally a butterfly will land on a visitor, and in that case, a staff member will help it off of you before you leave. There’s not much to do other than wander around and absorb the beauty of these intricate creatures. At the end there’s a small museum of sorts, filled with lots of displays about various bugs and climate change information.