Penang National Park Overview

Also known as Taman Negara Pulau Pinang by the local people, Penang National Park is located at the north-western tip of Penang Island and is the first protected area that is legally gazetted under Malaysia’s National Park Act of 1980. This national park features a seasonal meromictic lake, mangrove forests, lovely pristine beaches, and lowland dipterocarp forests. You will also find a plethora of flora and fauna in the park that will leave you astonished with its remarkable beauty. 

Sprawling across an area of 23 square kilometers, Penang National Park is the smallest national park in Malaysia. It is home to a beautiful seasonal meromictic lake, a rare occurence formed by layers of unmixed freshwater and seawater,, gorgeous beaches, mangrove forests, and lowland dipterocarp forests. Since it harbors around nine majestic beaches, the park is also known as the “Bay of Glowing Amber” as it reflects the glistening sunset at the beaches.

The Penang National Park houses over 417 species of flora and 143 species of fauna, including long-tailed macaque monkeys, turtles, flying lemurs, leopard cats, amphibians, and reptile species. The main attractions of this beach-fringed national park are the Canopy Walk, Monkey Beach, and Pantai Kerachut. Canopy Walk allows visitors to take a walk along the 45-meters long canopy trees that offers a breathtaking view of the natural wilderness of the forest. You can also catch a glimpse of the long-tailed macaque monkeys on the Monkey Beach and watch the turtles come out at night while camping in the Patai Kerachut.

Penang Botanic Gardens is also one of the main attractions of the Penang National Park. It showcases a variety of flora and fauna along the walking tracks in the garden. You can go on a trekking expedition to Penang Hill with your friends and family,learn about the water garden, spice terraces, bamboo garden, and much more.

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• Catch a glimpse of over 417 species of flora and 143 species of fauna in the Penang National Park.
• Enjoy sunset views at the nine beautiful and pristine beaches around the national park.
• Have a day picnic with your family in the lap of nature.
• Go on a hiking expedition with your squad towards the Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach) and Pantai Kerachut (Turtle Beach).
• Stroll along the Monkey Beach and find several long-tailed macaque monkeys wandering around this isolated beach.
• Watch the turtles come out at night while camping on the deeper end of the Pantai Kerachut beach.
• Go on a boat ride to catch a glimpse of the sun moving down the horizon.
• Indulge in jogging or brisk walking in the Penang Botanic Gardens.
• Take a dip in the waterfall at Teluk Bahang Recreational Park while enjoying the luscious greenery all around the park.
• Learn intriguing biodiverse facts on a 45-minute tour of the Tropical Spice Garden.

How To Reach

By Bus: The closest bus stop to Penang National Park is Teluk Bahang. You can board the Rapid Penang bus service number 101 from the Komtar Bus terminal and travel for around 45 minutes to reach the Teluk Bahang. From there, you can take a walk to your ideal destination. Bus services are also available from the other parts of the city, like Jetty beach, Chulia Street, and Batu Ferringhi beach.

By Car: You can either hire a cab or taxi to reach Penang National Park.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Penang National Park is between November and January. During this time, the place experiences cold weather so you can enjoy trekking or hiking activities to the fullest. This time is also favorable to spot the long-tailed macaque monkeys as you experience little to no rain during this time of the year.

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Places to Visit in Penang National Park

1. Penang Botanic Gardens: Penang Botanic Gardens is an ideal escapade for a dose of greenery in nature. This garden is highly renowned for its flora and fauna, especially the long-tailed macaque monkeys that move freely in their habitat. If you are a fitness freak, you will definitely love this place for jogging and brisk walking. You will also find several walking paths and tracks in the garden, including forest paths, that will take you to Penang Hill.

2. Penang Hill: Also known as Bukit Bendera, Penang Hill is an outstanding viewpoint with luscious greenery and picturesque British bungalows. This place is an ideal location for afternoon tea amidst the cooler climate. It is home to a myriad of plants, animals, insects, ferns, and reptiles. You can either opt for a funicular train ride to the top or go for a jungle hike for more adventure. 

3. Tropical Spice Garden: Sprawled across an area of eight acres of secondary jungle, Tropical Spice Garden is home to more than 500 species of tropical flora and fauna. Here, you can experience the tropical facts and knowledge in a 45-minute guided audio tour. During this tour, you will learn about its water garden, spices terraces, bamboo garden, beverages of the world, and a lot more. 

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4. Tropical Fruit Farm: In Tropical Fruit Farm, you can explore the collection of over 250 species of fruits from all around the globe, including the Middle-East, the African mainlands, South America and islands from the Caribbean and the Pacific. The farm is spread across an area of 25 acres and provides the rarest and most exotic fruits cultivated using organic fertilizers. The farm also provides you with guided tours, fruit tasting, and a buffet.

5. Sia Boey: Sia Boey was a trading hub in George Town that used to have activities centered around the Pragin Canal, the 19th-century market hall, and the shophouses. Since then, it has been a center point for community engagement. Here, people used to come for a meet and greet. Now, it is home to Penang’s trendiest Instagram superstar, the koi fish-filled revitalized Prangin Canal. It also constitutes of old trees and a cool playground for kids that let off their steam. 

6. Teluk Bahang Recreational Park (Taman Rimba): Teluk Bahang Recreational Park or Taman Rimba is a vast forest spread across an area of 32 hectares. Providing a glimpse of the Malaysian rainforests, this park serves as a great hotspot for people interested in picnics and camping. The park is filled with people enjoying their picnics and camping. It also constitutes a cool playground, forestry museum, and considerable hiking trails. Nestled in the natural park, you will find a breathtaking waterfall where you can take a refreshing cold dip amidst the surrounding foliage.

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Tips to Visit Penang National Park

- Carry your food items and water if you are planning to go for a trek as refreshment facility is only available at the Monkey Beach.

- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and apply sunscreen at all times.

- Use insect repellant cream to avoid getting bitten by any of those.

- Keep your belongings safe as the monkeys tend to take them if left unattended on the beach.

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Point of Interest for Penang National Park
Canopy Walking

Canopy Walking

Canopy Walking is the topmost attraction in the Penang National Park. It is a 250-meters track that takes the visitors on a journey through the canopy of the trees. These canopies are around 45 feet above the ground that offer a remarkable bird-eye view of life on the treetops. On the other hand, the track displays unique views of the river and the natural wilderness on the ground.

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Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach

Also called Telek Duyung, the Monkey Beach is a long hike of about one and half hours along the coast of the island. Visitors find solace in a refreshing swim on this white sandy beach as the ocean here is devoid of dangerous jellyfish.

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Pantai Kerachut

Pantai Kerachut

Pantai Kerachut is a walking trail that takes visitors through the jungle to reach the Pantai Kerachut beach. This track showcases a meromictic lake, i.e., a rare occurence that is the only one in Malaysia among three others in the entire continent. You will also find a suspension bridge in the Pantai Kerachut. It is not advisable for travelers to swim on the beach as they may encounter jellyfish.

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