Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)
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Foodie480B
Singapore River, Singapore121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
In a way I am quite reluctant to share about this attraction, Turtle Beach (Pantai Kerachut) in the Penang National Park (or Taman Negara in the Malay language, Bahasa Melayu) as it's probably the only beach left in Penang that is clean and relatively untouched. To get there you could take a boat or hike there, about a 1.5 hour hike, on a well-marked trail though difficult in places. We discovered this place by mistake because the place we wanted to visit was actually Monkey Beach but on that day the trail to reach it was closed due to a landslide.
The park opens at 8 am and entrance to the park is free. Bring your own water as Turtle beach is a conservation area so there are no vendors there (thank goodness). If you wear proper walking shoes the walk is pleasant and manageable. You are walking through the forests so it's shady for the most part. When you reach the last 20 minutes of the trail you have the option of taking the shorter but steeper drop to the beach or the gentler path that goes behind the Mecromitic Lake and parallel to the beach. So take the gentler track on the return trip if you are walking back. If you choose to take a boat back to the park entrance, do book the boat before you set off on your track. The boat fare is about 90Rm per boat (not per passenger) per trip. Of course, we walked back. Please bring your trash out with you.
No swimming is allowed on the beach. There is a small turtle sanctuary (nothing to shout about). Definitely worth a visit - you will need a whole morning but you can reward yourself with a nice lunch at one of the restaurants near the entrance to the park (you have choice of Malay or Chinese ones that serve western dishes as well)
Written March 11, 2020
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Treva Patterson
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One thing to note is not much opens in Penang before 10:30-11am, including the national park. When we arrived we were told there was a landslide on the track to Monkey Beach and we could not walk there and we had to get a boat, we weren’t sure whether this was true but chose to get the boat anyhow so we could see Monkey Beach and Turtle beach. The boat is 90-100MR per boat, regardless of number of people, so try and team up with some people to make it cheaper. We were also told the suspension bridge was closed, again, didn’t check, so unsure if this is true. We stopped at Monkey beach and walked up to the lighthouse, the lighthouse was not worth the effort but we saw what was maybe a lemur and that was pretty cool, Monkey beach itself is cool with its little shacks and monkeys all around, would recommend. We were Then dropped at turtle beach and then walked back, its a nice walk and in the heat a decent effort with a few up hills. Overall, I wouldn’t go out of my way to do this, we did it as we kind of had an extra day to use up. Cheers!
Written January 10, 2020
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Globaltrotter3
Penang Island, Malaysia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took grab to the main gate, easy and cost effective. Was a typical hot day 33C so took plenty of water I would also advice sunscreen and bug spray due to a number of hungry mosquitoes that live in the woods.
Within 10 minutes walk the pave road ends and you are on well worn paths. The road braches ( and is signposted) left to turtle Beach etc and right to monkey beach. We went right, and walked another kilometer before stopping on a lovely beach for pictures and to mop the stinging sweat that was running like a river into my eyes causing almost total blindness.
We decided at this point to head back and take the boat, part laziness and part wanting to see more than one beach.
The boat was around 170 rinngit, you could get cheaper but I wasn't for sharing. The walk along the jetty was beyond frightening, a good 100 meter's on rotting planks which felt like they were going to snap on every step as they creaked and moved.
This was just a warm up for the boat, the captain was a wild eyed individual with a large maniacal grin, which I realized after departure was caused by the G force of the rocket propelled vessel. My spine and backside was tested like a shock absorber as we bounced across the sea like a skimmed stone, and wobbly kneed we arrived at Turtle beach.
I was not impressed with turtle Beach, not much to see and the lake at the far end was non existent, possibly because it was the wrong time of year but this wasn't explained when we looked at beautiful pictures from the boat rental company.
After an hour the maniacal captain returned and bounced us round to Monkey beach. Now I like Monkeys, they remind me of very naughty children and Monkey beach was full of them. We sat in a shack that served cold beer and coconuts we had one of each and within seconds we had a gang of little mischievous monkey friends. A firm grip was required on the coconut as naughty monkeys would remove it from you possession in the blink of an eye.
Afer an hour our captain appeared and it was another high speed bumming back to the pier of death, it is worth noting that parts of his boat fell of during the trip and piecies of metal bounced in the bottom of the boat as we skimmed the sea.
Overall a 10 out of 10 experience, beautiful landscape with more excitement than any rollercoaster could provide with the added bonus of monkeys.
Written January 11, 2020
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Lucrezia C.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Visiting one of the smallest national parks in the world was better than expected. Due to COVID-19, not many people were around. We came on a weekday, so this helped too. Registration requires a QR-code scanner because an online form has to be completed (separate version for foreigners and Malaysian citizens). Rangers were friendly and provided helpful tips for the trails, explained the different types of rainforest to be found in this national park and provided guidance on which trail to take.

We did not take any boat trip because we love to hike. The trail to Monkey Beach is still closed for hiking, so if this is your destination, then you have to book a boat. The lighthouse can be visited until 3pm too (nearby Monkey beach).

The first trail from the entrance to the meromictic lake next to Kerachut Beach took us 1.5 hours (the trail can be also take up to 2.5 hours depending on your speed and fitness). Signs are available at crossroads in the jungle, so the risk of getting lost is low. The trail is a mixture of uphill and downhill, can be quite steep at times but always manageable especially when the ground is dry. The turtle hatch as Kerachut Beach was closed unfortunately, but we saw traces of adult turtles in the sand.

From Kerachut beach, we took another trail to Teluk Kampi beach (another hour away, mostly uphill) where we stayed for 2 hours to relax. Most people don’t hike there because they use a boat instead. Better for us because we had the trails to ourselves.

Bring a lot of water and some isotonic drinks because it’s usually sunny and hot.
Written December 25, 2020
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steve o
Southport, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We got the 101 bus from the Komptar bus station which took about an hour and cost 6.80 RM each. The bus stops right outside the park. We walked all the way to turtle beach. It took about 90 minutes. It's very steep and quite hard going in places, but there are lovely straight bits where it is shaded and beautiful. We walked there and back, though we could have got a boat back from the beach. The beach is lovely, though swimming wasn't no allowed when we were there. There wasn't much to see at the turtle conservation place.
Written February 27, 2020
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PhilippBER
Berlin, Germany351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The hike to the turtle beach is great, we went there before noon and that was something we would recommend everyone. We had a local showing us around and even tho it doesn’t matter at wat time of the day you hike because almost everything is in the shade, the earlier you the More you have the Place for your own.

The Monkey beach was ok but a bit dirty.

Definitely take a boot from the turtle beach to the monkey beach, it’s 10 MYR and it’s great. We had some rough waves so it was a very existing ride (at least for us who like a shaky boat).
Written February 23, 2020
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CMcC18
City of Greater Geelong, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very easy to get the bus from Batu Ferringhi to the National Park and only RM2 each to get there.

We walked out to Pantai Keracut (Turtle Beach) from the National Park Entrance. Excellent hiking through rainforest. The track isn't paved and does require some scrambling (easy and part of the fun!). There are monkeys in the trees along the walking track. The secluded beach at Pantai Keracut is well worth the walk. This is a turtle nesting beach and there is a Turtle Conservation Sanctuary here too. They had turtles of various ages to see and information about the turtles.
We were lucky enough to see turtle tracks up the beach from the evening before/early that morning.

On the walk back we saw an Asian Water Monitor scroll across the track.

A great day out exploring the island!

Also note that walk to Monkey Beach is currently closed due to a landslide on the walking track. You are able to get a boat to Monkey beach if you want to visit it.
Written February 25, 2020
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900cook
England, UK117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited the park today. Took the easier coastal path to walk along but this was difficult in places were the path was steep and there were boulders and large tree routes to climb over. Really nice beaches along the coast with no one on them. Good sightings of the monkeys along the route. Took a taxi there cost 30 ringgits the bus back cost 1.5 ringitts each
Written March 6, 2020
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aboyle92
Reading, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
My wife and I chose to visit the National Park to do some hiking and see some of Penang's off the beaten track forests and beaches. If your motives are similar then it is definitely worth a visit! It costs 50 ringgit per person to enter the forest and you can boats direct to each of the beaches (if you want a boat just for the way back then organise this before you start walking, as they don't wait around at the beaches).

We chose to walk to Turtle beach and back, which was about a 2.5 hour journey. The forest is great and there is plenty of wildlife to see. The trails are well marked and sign posted, so getting lost is not an issue. Nevertheless the routes are challenging enough that you feel completely immersed in the forest, which is awesome!

If you are the adventurous type or simply fancy getting out of the hotel for a morning, then I would definitely recommend visiting the National Park. Wear long trousers though as it is a proper forest and there are leaches and loads of ants.
Written January 6, 2023
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Anita C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
We drove to Taman negara from Batu ferringhi. Parking available there for rm4. We decided to take the boat to monkey beach. Rm100 for a return boat. That's the total cost, not the per-person cost. The long 'jetty' to the boat is a disgrace. Treacherous. Rotten old boards cobbled together. The boat ride was only 15mins. Quite choppy, even though it was a beautiful day. Maybe it was because it's the rainy season. I don't know. Life jackets were provided, adult and child sizes. monkey beach has the potential to be stunning. It's a beautiful beach surrounded by jungle. However it is filthy with plastic rubbish. Sharp broken drink cans are a real danger. The food kiosks are all closed down but they have left everything behind, broken chairs and debris everywhere. We were advised when we paid that we should take snacks as there was no food available there. As soon as my son opened a packet of nuts a male monkey arrived. He bared his teeth and launched at me as I was holding my toddler in my arms. Very scary. Hopefully after covid they will have the tourists and the money to get it back to what was probably once a great tourist attraction, but until then, I would give it a miss.
Written December 21, 2020
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