Escape theme park
Malaysia's first environmental theme park
What we say:
Relying on the natural environment rather than plastic fantasy and freaky life-size cartoon characters for its ambiance, this refreshing new-age amusement park encourages environmentalism and physical activity.
With grass roofs, a recycled water system and engine-free attractions, the park aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Be prepared to expend some energy and work for your thrills.
The star attraction is "Monkey Business", a series of three increasingly difficult aerial assault courses where visitors harnessed to a safety cable climb along ropes, balance on rickety foot bridges and clamber around obstacles high above the ground. Another favourite for the competitive-minded is the "Gecko Tower", where you can race against the clock and other contenders in an effort to climb the tower as fast as possible. We're also fans of the "Tubby Racer", which rewards you for lugging a rubber tyre up a long path with a thrilling descent down a hillside water slide.
Kids will enjoy navigating the "Tots Trail", uncovering treasures at the "Discovery Dig" and exploring the tunnels and mazes of "Foxy Burrow". A more traditional play area is also provided along with salas for chilling out, a food court serving Western, Malay and Chinese favourites and lockers.
The atmosphere inside the park is both lively and organic, with lots of trees that were untouched during construction and a soundsystem pumping out hits from the '80s and '90s. Escape has plans to add a water park and hotel in 2014.
More detailsJalan Teluk Bahang, Penang
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 to 18:00
How to get there: The park is located about a half-hour drive from Georgetown amid the island's northwestern jungle. Buses 101 and 102 to Teluk Bahang depart regularly from the bus station at Weld Quay, or a taxi should cost around 60 to 70 ringgit.
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