Located in the northern part of Penang’s Seberang Perai, Kepala Batas was a sleepy street town back in the 1970s that has undergone rapid transformation into a bustling township in the past 10 years. The area was surrounded by rubber trees and padi fields in the 50s and 60s. The rubber trees were replaced by oil palm plantations later. The town has developed after Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who has been Kepala Batas MP since 1978 was appointed a minister in 1981.The pace of development picked up after he became deputy prime minister in January 1999 and prime minister from 2003 till April 2009. There are numerous education centres such as Allianze University College of Medical Services, Penang Matriculation College, Mara Skills Training Centre, Industrial Training Institute, Dental Institute and Kolej Komuniti Kepala Batas. Housing projects such as Taman Bertam Indah, Taman Penaga Permai, Bandar Putra Bertam are also coming up. To go around Kepala Batas, Rapid Penang provides reliable public transportation connecting Penang Central in Butterworth to Kompleks Datuk Kailan in Kepala Batas. Visitors entering Kepala Batas from the expressway will have to pass through the old Kepala Batas town. There are shophouses along the road.
From KL, it takes around 3 hours and 50 minutes to reach Kepala Batas by using North- South highway.
There are flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport such as AirAsia and Firefly to Bayan Lepas Airport in Penang. It usually takes about less than an hour or 50 minutes. From KLIA, you can take flights to Penang International Airport and once you arrive, you can take a taxi or rent a car to Kepala Batas. There are two roads to Kepala Batas which are by using North- South highway and Penang Bridge.
Established since 1988, the 5-acre park is located 16 minutes away from Kepala Batas and has a collection of more than 300 species of birds from all over the world, of which more than 150 species are of Malaysian species. There are hornbills, sunbirds, and pheasant collection and all the birds here housed in more than 150 cages for breeding and conservation purpose. Besides birds, there are also various animals such as the estuarine crocodile, arapaima which is freshwater fish from the Amazon River in South America, 18 ft-long giant pythons, giant soft-shelled turtles and more than 20 timid leaf monkeys. There are free parking for all cars and coaches and entrance fee for adult is RM 10, children (below 12 year-old) is- RM 5, school Children with school uniform is RM2, physically and/or mentally handicapped & under privileged persons are allowed free entrance. This place opens daily from 9.00am to 7.00pm including weekends and all public holidays.
This remarkable hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang Museum and the large Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi. Penang International Airport is also 20-minute drive away. Every air-conditioned room is equipped with an electric kettle, a personal safe, ironing facilities and a flat-screen cable TV as well as balcony. There is also en suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer, shower facilities and complimentary bath amenities. Seven Terraces operates a 24-hour front desk and provides luggage storage. Besides that, guests can request for massage services, while airport transfers and shuttle services can be arranged at additional charges. Other than that, the in-house Nyonya Restaurant serves unique Peranakan and Asian dishes.
Eastern And Oriental Hotel is a luxurious accommodation suitable filled with traditional designs and influences of colonial Malaysia. Featuring classic wood furnishings and floral prints, spacious colonial-style suites come with ample lounge and work areas. The rooms come with complete and top- class amenities including complimentary newspapers, 24-hour room service, internet, and mini bars. There are six on-site restaurants provide a wide selection of tastes from local cuisines to international delicacy. You can also enjoy fresh baked pastries from The Bakery and a large outdoor pool, unwind at spa to relax.