Escape to Penang

When we last visited Penang five years ago, the kids were three and seven. The activities we tried then were more sedate. This time round, the highlight of the trip was the visit to the adventure park Escape.

I chuckled to myself when we saw this sign the moment we entered the park – sheer coincidence but so apt since my column in Sunday Times today was about stopping computer games at home.


I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. We planned to spend half a day there but ended up spending the whole day there because the kids couldn’t get enough of the place.

The place is not just for kids – there were teenagers and adults there too.

They were initially wary and cautious, but gained lots of confidence by the end of the day.

Their favourite was the tree monkey climb which had high element challenges of varying difficulty. They tried out the Level 1 and 2 climbs. I think there were three levels.

The weather was perfect, slightly cloudy. We went mid-week and the place was not too crowded.

There was rock climbing too.

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Her korkor has tried such high element challenges at a school adventure camp. But it was her first time. I think she was surprised she could manage, and even enjoyed the challenges.


Despite spending almost the whole day there, there were lots of other activities they did not try.

A sure sign of a successful outing is when they ask: “When can we come back again?”


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