Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

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Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

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mudcow
George Town, Malaysia318 contributions
Oct 2021
The forest itself is great and there are some lovely hikes to be had. Unfortunately most of the man made items are either broken or seriously run down. The walkway to Monkey Beach collapsed years ago and still hasn't been repaired.

The turtle sancturary is worth a quick visit but not worth the trip on its own, you'll need to enjoy the walk or boat ride there too in order to make it worthwhile.
Written 10 November 2021
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ALIAANUAR@SEU338E
George Town, Malaysia21 contributions
Oct 2020
Fill your leisure time in the Park. I love hiking here and have a boat tour. You just need to pay RM5 for the canopy walk.
Written 14 June 2021
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Lucrezia C.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia267 contributions
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 25 December 2020
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Anita C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia47 contributions
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 21 December 2020
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Bobo Ngan
Hong Kong, China427 contributions
Jan 2020
As I visited here 7 years before, this time I just bring my friend to here to have some photos and stay only 1 hours. Both of us have no time to hike inside to the beach. I find here more family come than 7 years ago. Sign name at receiption and get a pass to hike inside.
Written 14 May 2020
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Farida P
Bristol, UK145 contributions
Jan 2020
We did a good 2 hour walk through the forest and saw some lovely birds etc . It's easy walking . We had hoped to swim on arrival at a lovely beach but there were warning signs about jelly fish. We got a boat back to the village and then caught a bus back to town. A good day.
Written 6 April 2020
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Pavla
4 contributions
Mar 2020
Very good trekking, I decided to go to the Kerachut Beach both ways - I did not want to pay for expensive boat trips. I started early in the morning (7:30) because I had only limited time for trekking and also wanted to avoid crowds. The trail was easy with a few very steep parts - take good shoes, no flip-flops. It took cca 75 min to go there (I am average but experienced trekker), the way back was much faster - cca 60 min. But during going back I met hundreds of tourists in the opposite directions and had to often wait until big groups (20-30 people) pass by due to narrow paths. I was lucky that I started early in the morning and was almost alone on the beach. The weekend is not a good time for visiting this park - the crowds of tourists may negatively influence your experience. But the beach is nice and trekking in the jungle is very good experience. Unluckily I did not see any turtles because the facility on the beach opens at 10am and I did not have enough time to stay longer. I saw monkeys and an otter instead.
Written 15 March 2020
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Justin L
Brooklyn, NY29 contributions
Feb 2020
Our hike to Turtle Beach in Penang National Park blew our expectations out of the water. First, this hike is not for anyone who is out of shape or who can't climb a fairly steep incline, as it is completely unpaved trails with lots of steep hills. If you're willing to put in the work in Penang's hot temperatures, the jungle scenery is well worth it! You'll pass over bridges, streams, and be greeted by Turtle Beach as the trail opens to the sea.

The National Park is a bit out of town, but taking a taxi or Grab from Georgetown is also a great way to see some of the landscape in between. Well worth the trip to escape the city for the day- highly recommend!
Written 13 March 2020
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Foodie480B
Singapore River, Singapore127 contributions
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 11 March 2020
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900cook
England, UK101 contributions
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 6 March 2020
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