After having relocated from Thailand back to Malaysia, for over half a year my life has been a constant cycle of going to work, coming back to sleep, and waiting for weekend to come. This isn’t the quality life in my dictionary, but there is business to be done.
I’m currently staying in the city center of the Penang island. To be honest, after having been to and settled at a few places over the past 12 years since coming to Peninsular Malaysia on my own (I feel like a nomad at times), after having experienced many things and met many people, nothing in the hustle and bustle of this island can excite me that much anymore.
To be fair, it isn’t that this island has nothing interesting to offer. Contrary to that, it has everything other Malaysian states probably fails to offer: from food to culture to art to shopping. But I’ve seen greater things somewhere else; I’ve also tasted food which I feel is more multi-dimensionally delicious, so my benchmark of what is good and what is just okay in this place maybe different from others.
So today, I decided to explore with my fiancé another area of Penang which is outside of the little island, and this hidden gem at North Seberang Perai, known as Frog Hill, just left us in awe!
I was told about this relatively less-known place by a student of mine. After looking at some pictures, I thought it would make an interesting place to explore, since it isn’t too far from where I stay and is said to resemble China’s Jiuzhaigou.
After some reading, I got to learn that the Frog Hill is also called Guar Petai, and it is an abandoned quarry located at a rural area in Tasek Gelugor.
Here is the map to Frog Fill or Guar Petai if you’re interested:
Alternately, you may want to also spend a few minutes to watch the following Youtube video – it teaches you how to go about this hidden gem in Tasek Gelugur:
Before you go check this place out, remember that although the views are super scenic, the weather can be scorching hot, so don’t forget to bring along a bottle of water to dehydrate your body.
For those who are scared of getting a sunburn, you may want to apply some sunblock before going. Also, a pair decent shoes will help since you will need to do a little bit of climbing to get to the top of the hill – not too long, probably just five minutes.
So below I will let the pictures do the talking:
Before I end this entry, I just thought to provide an overview of the pros and cons of visiting the Frog Hill or Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, so that you will have a better expectation:
The pros: Scenic/Panoramic scenery with turquoise blue lakes, away from the hustle and bustle of city, zero entrance fee, spacious space to park your car.
The cons: Red laterite/dusty path leading to the site, scorching hot weather; rocky hill – can be slippery after a rain.