This beautiful park is located in Telok Bahang, at the north-west end of the Penang Island, It is at the end of the winding coastal road lined with numerous beach hotels starting from Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bunga, Batu Feringghi and ending in Telok Bahang. It is very easily accessible by public transport.
All visitors to the park have to register themselves and note down their intended destinations (for safety purposes) at the information counter and remember to sign out when you have returned safely. Entrance to the park is free but if you intend to experience the canopy walk, you have to buy your tickets at this counter too, no tickets are sold at the canopy walk site. Similarly, if you plan to take a boat ride ride back from your destination, make your arrangements with one of the boat operators at the entrance here.
My better half and I have visited this National Park several times.On our latest visit, we chose to hike from the main entrance to Pantai Kerachut and Telok Kampi via the Canopy Walk. After a few hundred metres' walk from the main entrance, there would be a junction with various sign board, refer to attached photograph. Just follow the directions given and enjoy the hike. Except for certain sections of the trail, it can be considered to be a fairly easy hike.
After about half an hour of hiking, we reached the site of the canopy walk. We found it very well maintained and the park ranger was helpful in ensuring the safety of the visitors. It was a wonderful feeling walking above the tall trees. Recommendable.
From there to Pantai Kerachut would take about an hour of hiking through the jungle trail. The trail is clear and the air cool and refreshing. There were many signboards along the trail with information on the local plants, birds and animals and lend your ears to the jungle orchestra too. There were also stories and myths about the place. Very interesting.
A short wooden bridge welcomed us at Pantai Kerachut, a very beautiful and clean beach. (We pray and hope all visitors would play their part and keep it this way). There is a park ranger office there as well as various facilities for camping together with public toilets and changing rooms. The turtle conservation centre there is closed for renovation for the time being. There is also a unique type of lake there, a meromictic lake, but it was dry when we were there.
We continued our hike and about forty minutes later, we arrived at Telok Kampi. The beach there was even cleaner and more beautiful. Only the two friendly park rangers stationed there greeted us as there were no other visitors at that time. Maybe it is not so easily accessible compared to Pantai Kerachut but it is definitely worth the extra effort (and sweat) to get there. Camp sites and public toilets are available here. Highly recommendable.
We took a boat ride back to the park entrance leaving behind nothing except our footprints and taking nothing except some photographs. We love this place and would be back soon.