Penang National Park natural wonders of Penang tourism. It is the smallest National Park in Malaysia and it might also be in the world.
The park covers 1,181 hectares of forest and 1,381 hectares of wetlands. There are a lot of things to do such as jungle trekking, camping, waterfall and pool for a pleasant swimming, fishing, wildlife and bird spotting, or just rest on its eight beautiful beaches.
Popular Monkey Beach
There are eight beautiful beaches in the Penang National Park. There are Teluk Bahang, Teluk Tukun, Tanjung Aling, Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach), Teluk Ketapang, Pantai Kerachut, Teluk Kampi, Pantai Mas.
The park location
Formerly known as the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, the Park is about 475 km from Kuala Lumpur and about 30 km from Georgetown, Penang. It located at the end of the famous Batu Feringgi Road and past the fishing village of Teluk Bahang at Penang’s northern tip.
The main entrance to the park is through Telok Bahang while the second entrance point located at Kuala Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau, Penang Island.
How to reach there
By car via North South Expressway or Federal Highway exit at the junction of Penang Bridge, then go along the route of Batu Feringgi and keep on route of Teluk Bahang, and continue to the end of the famous Batu Feringgi Road then pass the fishing village of Teluk Bahang and you will reach the entrance of the park.
Penang National Park Main Entrance
By bus to Teluk Bahang available at ferry terminal / KOMTAR or you may take taxi services provided. Rapid Penang Bus 101 is bus that route around Penang Island. It runs between KOMTAR or ferry terminal to the Penang National Park entrance at Teluk Bahang.
Attractions at the Park include Teluk Duyung the popular beach front. It is a wide bay that is protected by the Cape of Muka Head and Pantai Kerachut. Teluk Duyung is also known as Monkey Beach because of the large number of monkeys found here. There is an old burial ground of Achehnese origin to be found in the area.
Muka Head Lighthouse is another famous attraction and historical significance at the Cape of Muka Head. It is 227 meter tall. It is a good spot to view the Straits of Malacca and Gunung Jerai on the mainland. It was built by the British in 1883. To come here visitors can trek along a jungle trail to reach the lighthouse.
Pantai Keracut is a white-sand beach. This beach is popular as a picnic and camping site. It is also a site where the green turtles come to nest from April to August while the Olive Ridley turtles come in between September and February.
Pantai Keracut spot has a meromictic lake. It is about one square kilometer in size, where fresh water from the island stream meets the sea water. During dry seasons and low tide, the lake is a mudflat and when the tides rise, sea water gradually enters to fill the lake slowly. The fresh water remains on top of the denser sea water. Certain fish, birds and reptilian have adapted to living within this unusual environment.
Visitors rest in Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach) beach
Among the activities provided at Park, including camping, wildlife observation, canopy walkway, swiming, picnic, Interpretive Centre, fishing, jungle trekking climbing and canoeing. A nature’s track also circled around the unique meromictic lake at Pantai Kerachut.
To minimize human impacts on the park, the administration allowed the park for day use visitors only. At night camping only offered through organized nature camp or conservation education programs by the Park Service for schools, colleges and higher learning institutions.
Camping facilities are available by telephone the Wildlife Office (PERHILITAN) at Teluk Bahang for reservations.
It is advised that tourist have a night at a number of available hotels at Batu Feringgi and Telok Bahang. Here tourists or visitors are able to find convenient stores, food outlets, souvenir shops, entertainments, clinics and other tourist services. Below is the map which may help visitors to find several good and luxury hotels.
View Hotel near Penang National Park in a larger map
Permit and License
The park opens every day from around 7.30 am to 7.30 pm. There is no entrance fee for visitors to Park. However, for Canopy Walk activity, the fee charged for adults is RM5.00 and RM3.00 for children.
What to take with you
It is advised that visitors bring their own drink as it is a humid journey through the jungle, food as it is not available inside the reservation, shoes with proper grip as it is wet weather inside the reservation, plastic bags for your valuable and camera and spare dry clothes for your own convenience.
For more information, please contact:
Superintendent, Penang National Park, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang,11050 Pulau Pinang. Tel: 604-881 3530 / 604-881 3500 , Faks / Fax: 604-881 2016, E-mel/ E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org , Official Website PERHILITAN: www.wildlife.gov.my
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