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Penang National Park

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Penang boasts Malaysia’s smallest national park, and although that may not sound like anything to brag about, a trek through this beautiful rainforest reserve is, for many travellers, an unexpected highlight of Penang.

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Occupying more than 2,500 hectares of the island’s northwest corner, Penang National Park is a great place to experience Malaysia’s rainforest—especially if you don’t have time to go to Sarawak or Sabah, or to the jungles on the east coast of the peninsula—and it also encompasses some of the island’s best beaches.

The whole island used to be like this. Photo taken in or around Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

The whole island used to be like this. Photo: Sally Arnold

The secondary rainforest has been protected since 1956 and is home to towering, buttressed hardwoods, Malaysia’s fabled pitcher plants—though you will have to look quite hard to find them—and numerous varieties of orchids, as well as dusky leaf monkeys, longtailed macaques, flying squirrels, monitor lizards, white bellied sea eagles and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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