Bukit Jambul or literally translated as Crest Hill, is another a residential neighborhood sandwiched between the island capital of George Town and the industrial area of Bayan Lepas, being located on Penang Island, Malaysia. As such, a lot of people travelling from Bayan Lepas or Balik Pulau would inevitably travel through the area if they aim to go to George Town due to the shorter travel time through the township. Besides, it is also bordered by the nearby Sungai Dua, Sungai Nibong Kecil, Bayan Baru, Relau and Bukit Gambir. It is situated along the island’s northeastern part, being majorly populated by residential condominiums and houses, in which a lot of these are occupied by the residents working in the Bayan Lepas industrial area.
The geography of the area is hilly, with development work eating up most of the greenery except what is left of the golf course and butterfly farm. The major shopping complex, Queensbay Mall is also visible from the area. The name of the Bukit Jambul is actually referring to the hillock where the Equatorial Hotel is located. There is also another hill trek which is often regarded as Bukit Jambul, however it is actually located at Bukit Pasir, nonetheless it has since been referred to as the Bukit Jambul Hiking Trail.
There are flights to Penang Island from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go to Bukit Jambul using public transportation or ride-sharing services.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to Bukit Jambul. The journey could take up to four hours depending on the current traffic situation.
Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden is unique only to Bukit Jambul area, being located along the Persiaran Bukit Jambul nearby the renowned Equatorial Hotel. Occupying a two hectares area of greeneries, it is established by a pair of friends, one being a horticulturist and the other working as a herpetologist. In accordance to its naming, the garden here is an exquisite exhibit of orchid and hibiscus plants, although there are also a large variety of plants and animals from all around the world and also from Malaysia itself. Among the highlight here is the tiger orchid which is the biggest of its kind in the world as well as the pair hibiscus named after the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah.
Being the hidden gem around the area, the Penang Aquarium is also officially known as Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium and often called the Fisheries Department Aquarium or Batu Maung Aquarium, being one of the tourist attractions in Batu Maung which is a stone’s throw away from Bukit Jambul. The aquarium is placed in the Fisheries Research Institute complex which is medium in size in comparison to other aquariums in the country. There are at most of twenty-five tanks to showcase the various types of marine life such as the lion fish, the boxfishes, moray eels, tangs, surgeon fish, cat sharks, stone fish, angel fish, blue spotted stingray, fox face fish, parrot fish, squirrel fish, damsels, bivalves and more. The largest tank measures 15 by 10 feet and houses the big fishes such as the snappers, the tudung periuk and the nyior nyior, some of these can be found in the regional waters.
A neat and decent hotel situated in Jalan Bukit Gambir. A four-star hotel that offers an exquisitely elegant atmosphere. Hotel services and facilities include express check-ins and check-outs, money changer, restaurant, outdoor pool, fitness centers, laundry services and area shuttle.
A more established hotel located in Jalan Bukit Jambul. A luxurious five-star hotel with ample facilities such as cable television, shower, WiFi, in-room safe, minibar, refrigerator, coffee shops, beauty salons, theatre, supermarket and many more.