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Penang National Park or Teluk Bahang Forest Reserve. Penang National Park at http://freegatemy.spaces.live.com/ or here www.asiaexplorers.com/malaysia/penang.shtml
40 minutes drive from Georgetown to Teluk Bahang by road
Nature Guides Contact Details:
Tel: Joseph- 012 480 0584
Beatrice- 012 438 7806
From TB you can arrange a boat.
Time required - anything from 3 hours to a full day
Park Registration Office is in Teluk Bahang.
Condition: little disturbance - clean/quiet
avoid weekends and holidays
‘Taman Negara’ Pulau Penang in the north-west of the island, is the only national park in Penang, it is also the smallest national park in Malaysia. Pantai Kerachut is one of the beaches with a turtle hatchery.
The Registration Office will record your name and give you advice advice.
There was two main trails, one leads to Muka Head, where the northwest light house is located. The Monkey Beach is also located here.
The second trek leads to Pantai Kerachut, where Pantai Acheh is located and a turtle sanctuary.
There is more than one way to reach Pantai Kerachut. This trail is the shortest route. The entry point is near the fishing boats near the Registration Office. You MUST register before entering the park.
Follow the track along the coast until you cross a suspension bridge. There is a signboard showing the trails to the different beaches. Take the path on the left which leads away from the coast.
About 20 metres away from the signboard there is a steep flight of steps going uphill. Climb the steps. After about 20 minutes you will reach a junction. Continue straight ahead. You will cross a stream and pass a track which leads down towards Sungai Tukun. A minute or so later you will be standing at the highest point on this trail. Look out for the rengas tree. If it is raining, do not stand under it. The black poisonous sap will rot your skin. There are many paths leading away from this junction. Take the one that goes directly downhill.
You will notice many trees with name tags along the way. You could find the famous eurycoma longifolia. This tree is locally known as tongkat Ali, and is reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities. The last part of the trail makes a steep descent into the Pantai Kerachut valley. Pantai Kerachut is just ahead. You have to wade across a stream to reach the beach.
One of the special attractions of Pantai Kerachut is the meromictic lake, visible for only six months of the year. The lake has two layers of water of different temperatures. The bottom layer of sea water is normally warmer than the surface fresh water. The beach is a popular campsite.
There is a turtle hatchery at the far end of the beach. Take care not to disturb the turtle nesting grounds.