Almost every family in this humble fishing village, located on the northwest tip of the island past the resorts of Batu Feringgi, survives by fishing the waters around Penang. There's not much to see here except the fishing jetty, which is busiest in the early mornings, when the fishing boats return with their catch. Most visitors come only for the nearby attractions, which are listed below.
Here you'll find the Penang Butterfly Farm (830 Jalan Teluk Bahang; tel. 04/885-1253; adults RM20, children RM10, free for children 4 and under; daily 9am-5pm), a .8-hectare (2-acre) landscaped area that is home to more than 4,000 flying butterflies from 120 species. At 10am and 3pm, there are informative butterfly shows. Don't forget the insect exhibit -- there are about 2,000 or so bugs.
Nearby is the organic Tropical Spice Garden (Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang; tel. 04/881-1797; www.tropicalspicegarden.com; adults RM14, children RM8; daily 9am-6pm). Once an abandoned rubber plantation, this garden features native species in their natural landscape, while incorporating found and recycled materials. There are trails to explore the gardens, along with indoor displays, a visitor's center with a spice museum, gift shop, and cafe overlooking the sea.
Also in the area is the touristy but interesting Penang Batik Factory (669 Mk. 2, Teluk Bahang; tel. 04/885-1284; www.penangbatik.com.my; free admission; daily 9am-5:30pm), where you'll see a batik printing demonstration followed by a trip to the factory store.