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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.





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 Brahminy kites.

While there is not a huge amount of wildlife to spot, the park is undeniably photogenic. Lush green forested hills plunge into the shallow turquoise waters of the Malacca Straits, and all of a sudden you see a completely different side to Penang. The main attraction here is hiking with two main trails through the park, each of which emerges at a picturesque sandy beach.

Slight chance of mischief. Photo taken in or around Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Slight chance of mischief. Photo: Sally Arnold

After leaving the park headquarters, a well-maintained concrete path takes you a few hundred metres to a short wooden suspension bridge, after which the route splits and the terrain becomes a lot more rugged and natural. Note the quality of the trails can be variable in places—a Travelfish regular was very badly injured and hospitalised after a fall here—watch your step!

To the right is the trail to Monkey Beach (Teluk Duyung), the more popular route where there are... monkeys (although the local name translates to Mermaid Bay, so you never know what you may find), and to the left a somewhat more arduous trail to Turtle Beach (Pantai Kerachut) where there ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Penang National Park
Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang
Open daily 08:00-18:00
T: (0488) 13 530, (0488) 13 500 
http://www.wildlife.gov.my/index.php/en/public/2016-05-10-02-34-43/peta

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