Penang National Park -
Taman Negara Pulau Pinang

A great day trip while visiting Pulau Pinang is to travel out to the Penang National Park (Taman Negara), located on the north-west corner of the island in Teluk Bahang.

The park is easily accessed from George Town or Batu Ferringhi by public transport (RapidPenang bus) and there is a whole range of things to do for all the family.

With some of the best beaches on the island located along its shores, you can choose to travel around by boat or do some jungle trekking over the headlands and hills, where if you are lucky you will come across some of the park's wildlife, or you can just find a quiet spot for some bird watching or fishing.

Jungle Trekking:

If you want to go hiking in the National Park, you can usually get a copy of the hiking trails from the parks office or take a photo of the big map posted near the entrance.

There are two main trekking trails in the park, one that takes you along the coast, over headlands, to Monkey Beach and one that takes you over the hills, through the jungle to some of the more remote beaches, where you will find the Turtle Sanctuary.

If you want to do both trails, you will probably need a couple of day trips, unless you decide to get a boat part of the way.

Penang National ParkPhoto of a trail through the park

The trails are often wet, can be steep in parts and you may have the odd fallen tree or group of rocks to climb over.

So wear some footwear with good grip.

I've seen people walking around in flip flops, but it's really not a good idea.

The most popular and easiest route follows the coastline to Monkey Beach (Teluk Duyung).

If you want to continue further, you can then go on a steep climb up to the Muka Head Lighthouse (at an elevation of 227m)

The other route takes you on a fairly steep climb over the hill to Kerachut Beach (Pantai Kerachut).

Just a the bottom of this trail you will come across a rare meromictic lake (a lake of two separate layers where sea and fresh water do not mix).

Walk along the beach a while and you will find the Penang Turtle Sanctuary.

During the months of April and August, Green Sea Turtles come to the beaches here to lay there eggs.

Olive Ridley Turtles also visit this site between September and February.

At the sanctuary, there is a small hatchery area and if you are there at the right time you will get to see some baby turtles.

There is also another track leading off to the beach at Teluk Kampi.

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Boat Trips around the National park:

Trekking through the jungle is not for everyone, so if that's you, you can get a boat from the entrance of the park to take you to a beach or take you on a tour of the whole park.

Boats can usually accommodate up to 10 people, so if you are on your own it can be quite expensive unless you find someone to share with.

A boat to Monkey Beach should cost around 50 RM.

A longer trip around the peninsula to the turtle sanctuary is around 100 RM.

You will have to negotiate hard to get the best deal!

A popular boat trip in the park is a sunset cruise to Pantai Kerachut where the sunset is often at its best.

Canopy Walkway:

The 250-metre long Canopy Walkway in Penang National Park offers a good view of the treetops from a 15 metre high suspended path.

It is located an easy 1 km walk from the main entrance.

You have to buy your tickets from the registration office at the entrance, they will not sell you a ticket at the Canopy Walk.

For the latest prices, see the "Entrance Fee" section below.

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Camping in Penang National Park:

If you are looking for somewhere to camp in Penang, the park offers plenty of campgrounds.

There is a limited amount of spaces (You should telephone the park headquarters in advance if you want to camp, as there are limited pitches - see telephone number below) and should only be done at the designated sites.

Please do not camp on the beaches as this stops the Turtles coming on shore to lay their eggs.

Have a look at our trail map page for locations of the campsites.

See the "Entrance Fee" section below for charges.

monkey beach in Penang National ParkPhoto of Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach:

This is easily the most popular beach in the park as it is the easiest to get to either by boat or by hiking.

If you want to walk there it will take you between 1 and a half, to 2 hours, following the main coastline path up and down over a number of headlands.

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 Entrance Fee / Ticket Price:

(Bayaran Masuk / Harga Tiket)

The Entrance Fee to Penang National Park used to be free, but from late 2022 they have now introduced new park charges as follows (payment in cash only):

Malaysian Citizens:

Dewasa = 10 RM
Pelajar = 5 RM
Kanak-kanak (3-12 tahun) = 5 RM
Kanak-kanak (<3 tahun) = Percuma
Warga Emas = Percuma
OKU = Percuma

Titian Kanopi (Titian Silara)
Dewasa = 10 RM
Kanak-kanak (3-12 tahun) = 5 RM

5 RM / Malam

10 RM / Masuk

Non Malaysian Citizens:

Adults = 50 RM
Student = 20 RM
Children (3-12 years) = 15 RM
Children (<3 years) = Free
Senior citizen = Free
Disabled = Free

Canopy Walkway:
Adults = 50 RM
Children (3-12 years) = 20 RM

15 RM per night

10 RM / Entrance


The park entrance is located in Teluk Bahang, right in the very north-western corner of Penang Island.

How to get to the National Park in Penang from Georgetown:

Getting to the park by public transport is easy, with RapidPenang Buses stopping right outside the entrance.

From Georgetown to Penang National Park, take Bus 101.

You can pick up this bus from many of the popular tourist areas of the city, including the Jetty, Chulia Street and KOMTAR.

From Batu Ferringhi beach, you also take the same bus as it passes here on its route.

The bus turns around right in front of the entrance and heads back to Georgetown from here.

From Georgetown, the bus trip is about an hour (depending on the time of day and amount of traffic).

Opening Hours / Times:

The Penang National Park is open every day of the year.

The official opening times are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Contact Details:

Telephone Number: +604 8813500 or 8813530

Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang.

Official Website:

What to take with you:

You will need to take all your own drinking water (it's really hot work hiking in the jungle so take more than you'll think you need) and food for your trip, as none is available inside the reservation.

Some form of ID for regstering at the entrance (passport, driving licence, ID card).

Some shoes with decent grip.

Wet weather gear if you have some, along with plastic bags for your phone, 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.

Hotels near Penang National 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.

Batu Ferringhi Hotels

Budget Batu Ferringhi Accommodation

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