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Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

3 guys aged between 54 to 79 read and heard lots bout beautiful scenery n trek from Balik Pulau->Titi Kerawang Waterfalls->Teluk Bahang->Taman Negara->Pantai Kerachut->Teluk Bahang Town, total 40km.
we started 0600 and throughly enjoyed the winding hill scenery with light traffic on the roads.
we passed by numerous durian and nutmeg plantations and friendly stallholders where we were able to purchase reasonably priced fruits and bottled drinking water to replenish ourselves.
we arrived Teluk Bahang market and had a quick Dosai meal washed down with Teh Halia aka milk ginger tea.
we then walked to entrance of Taman Negara intent on visiting a meromictic lake.
its a rare chance to visit a lake whereby the top layer is freshwater while lower layer is saltwater from the sea.
as one of us is 79years old and unable to trek through the 2 hills with challenging slopes to Pantai Kerachut meromictic lake, we stopped and asked one of the 3 boat-trip booths for a boat ticket to fetch him to Pantai Kerachut and back.
plan was us younger men, 54yo and 57yo to trek to Pantai Kerachut and meet our 79yo friend there.
the booth on right offered MYR80/person on 2-way trip.
we paid and left our 79yo friend in their care while we other 2 started our trek to Pantai Kerachut.
btw theres a turtle hatching and conservation centre at Pantai Kerachut thus, the beach is also known as Turtle Beach.
the trek was well marked with 5 well maintained shelter huts along the way.
we arrived at Pantai Kerachut 3.5km after 55mins hike.
beach was pristine, area clean of litter, safe with a big well marked guardhouse manned with 2 guards, well maintained jetty nearby.
however, our 79yo friend did not arrive.
be warned the area is devoid of any cell phone reception and attempts to call or send messages were fruitless.
after waiting 1hr for our not yet arrived friend, we trekked back.
however, we sent a message to our friend hoping that once we managed to get cell phone reception it would be seen.
the trek back is easier and quicker taking only 45mins back.
we finally arrived back at the main entrance and received our friend’s message that he was cheated....boat only took him to nearby monkey and on pretext of trying to refuel by telling our 79yo friend that boat fuel was running low, dumped him at monkey beach and rode off leaving him stranded.
fortunately, there were some other tourists who were waiting for another boat to arrive to fetch them back to Teluk Bahang,
our 79yo friend pleaded with the new boatman to allow him onboard and gave him MYR10 and he was taken back.
having paid MYR80 to be left stranded and another MYR10 to be taken back.
our friend enquired from the other tourists how much they paid for short 2-way to Monkey Beach and was told total MYR50 for all 4 of them from another booth.
we met up with him and despite this bad experience thoroughly enjoyed the trek.
be aware this booth is known to have previously cheated other tourists too,
the other 2 booths there after feedback from other tourists are more honest.

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank eugene f
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Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

Previously known as the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, this pristine site is known to harbour 417 flora and 143 fauna species. Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, located at the northwestern tip of Penang Island, was declared the Penang National Park in April 2003.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hans i
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Reviewed May 3, 2019

Easy hiking, quiet beach at turtle conservatory, food options at monkey beach. Book boat ride at headquarters if going one way.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Travelswithdog98
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Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

Like everyone else, I looked up places to visit in Penang and added the national park to my list of places. But OMG. Reading about a place is one thing, visiting it is totally another experience. If you are someone who loves beaches, loves to try out new things and wants to have a mild check, you really MUST visit this place ❤️ it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. To begin with, this is a trekking trail along the beach front. You needn’t necessarily trek, you may choose to go boating as well. There are two beaches along the shoreline - monkey beach and Kerachut beach. Unless you find it really hard to walk or are too tired, I would highly recommend that you take the trail. Ensure that you are wearing good shoes and carry water with you. After the initial five mins, you will encounter jungle trail - i.e there would no flat surface to walk upon, it is uneven walking plane with lot of stones, roots and other items along the way. But all this is an amazing experience and the beach along the walkway is secluded more often than not and you can get some really wonderful pictures ❤️ we couldn’t finish our trek to the monkey beach as the trail was shut due to storm, but we did manage to go part of the way and we were mind blown! ❤️❤️❤️ this is a free trail. No payment required. You will just have to register your personal details and receive a permit to enter the trail. Don’t miss this amazing experience ❤️

Date of experience: March 2019
4  Thank ALV710
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Reviewed April 18, 2019

Start your walk early. It is more peaceful and the temperature is kinder. Use insecticide on uncovered parts of your body. Once you get further into the park the insects suddenly pounce. Pathways are well signposted and are easy to follow. Most are very well defined.
Take your time to look at the range of vegetation, you might also spot a monitor lizard waiting to catch fish on the shore. Look out for pitcher plants growing by the side of the path. There is so much to see but easily missed if you go quickly. Get a guide if you can they are very knowledgable and will make the walk more meaningful.

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank jeanrobertsforgetmen
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