The Penang National Park - (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) is located on the north-western tip of the island at Teluk Bahang and is a great place to go jungle trekking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird spotting, or just relax on one of its beautiful beaches.
There are two main hiking tracks through the forest and unless you are extremely fit you will need two separate day trips to do both.
The tracks through the jungle are often steep, wet and tricky with lots of roots, tree trunks and sometimes rocks to climb over, so wear some proper footwear for the job.
One route takes you along the coastline to Monkey Beach (Teluk Duyung) , then on a steep climb up to an elevation of 227m to Muka Head Lighthouse.
The other takes you over the headland to Kerachut Beach (Pantai Kerachut) where you will find a rare meromictic lake (a lake of layers where sea and fresh water do not mix) and the Penang Turtle Sanctuary.
Green Sea Turtles come up on the beaches here to lay there eggs from April and August and Olive Ridley Turtles, between September and February.
There is a small hatchery area where, if you are lucky and are there at the right time, you can view the baby turtles.
The track then leads off to the most secluded of all the beaches at Teluk Kampi.
If you don't feel like walking into the forest you can hire boats at the entrance to take you around the coast.
Prices for hiring the whole boat (for up to 10 people) are currently 50RM for Monkey Beach to 100RM to take you around the peninsular to the turtle sanctuary.
A popular trip is to take a sunset cruise around the peninsular to Pantai Kerachut where if you'r lucky you may catch a spectacular sunset.
A 250 metre walkway allowing you a view of the tree tops, set 15 metres above the ground.
The canopy walk is located just over 1 km from the main entrance.
Tickets have to be purchased at the registration office at the entrance.
Ticket Cost : 5RM for Adults - 3RM Children.
There are plenty of free camp grounds set up around the reserve.
Camping is free and should only be done in the designated camp sites.
Have a look at our trail map page for locations of the camp sites.
Please do not camp on the beaches as this stops the Turtles coming on shore to lay their eggs.
You should telephone the park headquarters in advance if you want to camp, as there is limited space (see telephone number below).
By far the most popular stretch of sand in the park, it is about a 3.5KM walk (between 1 1/2 - 2 hours) through the jungle following the coastline, up and down over the many headlands.
Entrance to the park is free.
You do have to register at the office at the entrance and get a permit.
If you wish to use the canopy walk, you have to buy your tickets at this office.
The main entrance is on the north-western tip of Pulau Pinang, a short distance past the town of Teluk Bahang.
If you do not have your own transport you will have to catch the bus to the National Park.
Bus 101 runs from the jetty in Georgetown every 10 to 15 minutes.
On its route, this bus travels along Chulia Street, KOMTAR, then out of town along the coast through Batu Ferringhi beach.
Get off at the last stop where the bus turns around.
The trip takes around one hour to get here from Georgetown, depending on traffic.
The Penang National Park is open every day.
The official opening times are from 8.00am until 5pm.
These are the opening times of the park registration office, where you have to register to get your permit, although the park itself is not closed off by any gates.
Telephone Number : +604 8813500
Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang.
Official Website : www.wildlife.gov.my
You will need to take all your own drinking water (it's hot work hiking in the jungle) and food for your trip, as none is available inside the reservation.
Some shoes with decent grip.
Wet weather gear if you have some, along with plastic bags for your camera and valuables.
A good idea would also to bring some spare dry clothes if you are travelling back to Georgetown on the bus.
Being wet on the very cold A/C bus for an hour or so is really unpleasant!
Visit our Penang National Park Photos page for more pictures from around the park.
The small town of Teluk Bahang has just a few small basic guesthouses and homestays such as the Fisherman’s Village Guest House, Amal Inn Budget Hotel, Ali's Guest House and Miss Loh's, located off the road leading to the Butterfly farm.
There used to be a large resort hotel here, the Penang Mutiara Beach Resort, but it has been closed down for a number of years now.
For most people, the best place to stay near the park is at Batu Ferringhi, just a couple of kilometres away and easily reached by regular buses.
Here there is much more choice, with many luxury beach-front resorts and plenty of cheaper budget accommodation.
Please see the following pages on our site for more information and links to reviews and prices for online booking.