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Some leaves have legs

One of the fascinating creatures just along the path
Walking through the almost tree-less streets of George Town, you tend to forget that you are surrounded by jungle. But with one glance into the distance, you are reminded of the beautiful green hills dominating the island.


Rising up from the hillside in the Air Itam district, the Kek Lok Si Temple and its giant statue of the Goddess of Mercy, tower over the area. Most tourists and locals, follow the narrow road a few hundred meters up to the temples entrance. But driving up the steep road for another few minutes will lead you to one of the hidden gems of Penang – Air Itam Dam.



Air Itam Dam sits about halfway up the hill with great views of the island, including George Town, 7km away. The man-made lake is surrounded by jungle hills and a paved walkway to lead you around it (“paved” doesn’t sound ideal, but anyone who has been jungle trekking knows that it is hard to spot anything other than your feet when you are tripping your way over tree roots, mud holes, and rocks).

The walk usually takes about 40 minutes, but we wandered slowly trying to spot any interesting flora or fauna.

The carnivorous pitcher plant

To reach Air Itam Dam, you will need your own transport. Otherwise, a bicycle or your own feet will work if you are in good shape and have sufficient time (at least half a day).

6 comments:

blueberryburst24 said...

Katie and I love the pitcher plants...

Jayne said...

I would suggest Taman Negara Penang in Teluk Bahang(after Batu Ferringhi) is very good for jungle trekking, and is worth to walk for 2-3 hours depend on your speed. There have nice beach there for picnic.
There have 2 trails, 1 is leading towards the light house(worth to go-nice view up there), another one you can see the sea turtle if you are lucky. I prefer light house trail though.

John Hunter said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing. I added a post on it http://engineering.curiouscatblog.net/2010/11/18/backyard-wildlife-walking-leaf/

Reese said...

Thank you John, the leaf insect photo is my favorite on the blog since it was pure luck that I spotted it in the jungle. I don't think I will ever find one again. -Mark

Reese said...

Thank you John, the leaf insect photo is my favorite on the blog since it was pure luck that I spotted it in the jungle. I don't think I will ever find one again. -Mark

blueberryburst24 said...

Katie and I love the pitcher plants...