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 your 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 your 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 - 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. Please do not camp on the beaches as this stops the Turtles coming on shore to lay their eggs.
By far the most popular stretch of sand in the park, it is about a 3.5KM walk (between 1 1/2 - 2 hours)
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 entrance is on North-Western tip of Pulau Pinang, a few kilometres 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, 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.
The NP is open every day from around 7.30am (When the sun comes up!) until it gets dark 7pm - 7.30pm, although the registration office closes earlier at 6pm.
Telephone Number : +604 8813530 or +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.
Check out Nature Escapes Malaysia for more information on national parks and nature reserves in Malaysia and outdoor adventures.