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“Refreshing Hike and Beautiful Beaches”

Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)
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Penang National Park Half-Day Trek
Ranked #12 of 208 things to do in Penang Island
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“Refreshing Hike and Beautiful Beaches”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Lovely place, great pier, beautiful seaview, clear sea water, loverly track, a little bit hot though.

Visited September 2013
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“Penang National Park - Monkey Beach & Canopy Walk”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

I vistied the National Park twice in September 2013. The first trek I took was to Monkey Beach. Worthwhile journey which took 90 minutes + and was reasonably challenging in places for a not fit 50 plus. The 'path' followed the sea most of the way and it was good to take time to listen to the forest noises. A great beach and you definitely will need a swim to recover when you get there so go prepared. Stalls with food and drink if you need them. We returned by boat at a cost of MR20 per person, though the prices varied so bargain. On my second visit I went to the canopy walk. I didn't time my journey but think it was similar in time to the monkey beach trip (90 minutes ish), with a lot of up hill walking to start off. You MUST buy your ticket for the Canopy Walk at the entrance to the park a bargain at MR5. I thought it was great fun - a narrow rope bridge above the forest. If you want a forest walk and not a beach this is the place to go. Would definitely recommend.

Visited September 2013
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“jungle trek to Monkey beach”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Easily accessible place by car, started off early in the morning in a 10 pax group. after entrance fees and identifications, we are good to go. it is a moderate level jungle trek path about 1 to 1.5 hours walk, depends on your fitness level. not hard, but not for children either. the path winds through the jungle, beside narrow cliffs overlooking the sea, so you might say its a tad bit dangerous. many obstacles along the way such as fallen trees, sloping edges, slippery trails(but this depends on the rain), steep stairs, hanging bridges. after the trek, you will reach Monkey beach. a clean beach with privacy since not many people will trek through the jungle for this... after a nice swim, you either can hike up to the lighthouse if you're still enthusiastic (i did not, however i heard that it is very extreme), and if you are tired, get a boat to pick you up earlier on. thats about it all but its really fun!

Visited October 2012
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“A fascinating walk in the sub tropical”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Took a guided walk around the park for about three hours. Occasionally hard going in the heat but well worth it. We saw all sorts of wildlife pointed out by the wonderful guide. Many of these we would have missed had we just wandered in by ourselves. The trek is not for those with mobility problems nor small children. But for the fit and reasonably active it is a very rewarding and unusual trip sheltered by the canopy of trees for most of the way. The park can be reached by taxi or the 101 bus. The canopy walk is well worth doing and at about £1 sterling very good value.

Visited September 2013
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