Selasa, 2 Julai 2013

How to go to Penang National Park

Getting to Penang National Park at Teluk Bahang

Getting to Teluk Bahang from Georgetown is easy. Bus #101 runs from KOMTAR, the Weld Quay jetty, and Chinatown in Georgetown counterclockwise around the island to Teluk Bahang every 45 minutes. The one-way fare to Teluk Bahang should cost around RM4.00 + - .
What to do at Penang National Park
Only 500 meters from the park entrance, you will be faced with a decision. Turn left to visitPantai Kerachut - a beautiful beach where the sea turtles nest - or turn right to see Money Beach and Malaysia's second oldest lighthouse. It is possible to see the entire Penang National Park in one day with an early start and lots of energy! Bring at least 1.5 liter water per person.

  • Monkey Beach: Monkey Beach - or Teluk Duyung - is named appropriately; macaque monkeys patrol the beach and roam the trails. Hiking to Monkey Beach takes a solid one hour and 15 minutes. Pantai Teluk Aling is a pleasant beach along the same trail approximately halfway to Monkey Beach.
  • Muka Head Light House: If you have the energy, continue 30 minutes more past Monkey Beach to Malaysia's second-oldest lighthouse.
  • Canopy Walkway: The 20-minute canopy walkway trail serves as a shortcut between the two main trails. The walkway has a view of the river below and provides an opportunity for spotting birds. You must purchase your ticket for the walkway in advance at the entrance to the national park. The canopy walk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed on Fridays. 
  • Meromictic Lake: Only a handful of mixed saltwater and freshwater lakes exist in the world - the Penang National Park has one. Despite the claim, the meromictic lake is shallow, muddy, and generally not much to look at. Reach the lake by walking left toward Pantai Kerachut about 1.5 hours.Read More

  • Pantai Kerachut: Arguably the nicest beach in Penang, Pantai Kerachut is also a favorite nesting spot for endangered sea turtles. The deep, coarse sand is paradise after a sweaty hike; you may even have the beach all to yourself! Camping is the only way to see the turtles which come in at night. There are toilets, showers, and camping facilities at the far end of the beach as well as a small turtle sanctuary with baby sea turtles on display. Walking time: 90 minutes.

Return Boats

If your legs can't take anymore, boats can be chartered from both Monkey Beach and Pantai Kerachut  to bring you back to the national park entrance. Tickets must be purchased in advance before you begin your hiking.

Teluk Bahang

The small fishing town of Teluk Bahang is the gateway to the Penang National Park. A peaceful respite from Georgetown, Teluk Bahang is a place where life begins early and shuts down early.
Food: A handful of Chinese restaurants, a Muslim-owned cafe, and assorted food stalls dotted along the main road offer a few Penang Food favorites. Near Fisherman Village Guest House, from in front of house you turn right and walk 50M to Junction and turn right,and walk 50M,you will get Seri Nelayan Restauran. Recommend food ,fresh fish or seafood BBQ, Prawn mee ( mee udang ) and original Tom Yam from Thailand.

Water: Take advantage of the water refilling machine located in the strip of shops on the left side of the road as you approach Penang National Park; 30 cents Malaysia, scores you 1.5 liters of water and keeps one more plastic bottle out of the landfill!
Money: The only ATM in town does not accept international cards - bring enough cash to survive.But you can go to Batu feringgi to withdarw money.There have Maybank ATM at Petronas Station

Accommodation in Penang National Park

There is no place to stay inside of the national park, however there are two very basic accommodation options in Teluk Bahang. Many visitors to the Penang National Park are only daytrippers from Georgetown or nearby Batu Ferringhi. Camping is allowed with permission onPantai Kerachut.
  • Fishermen's Village Guesthouse: RM18.00 a night nets you basically what you would expect for the price. Even still, the rooms in the basement of the owner's house come with fan and are the closest option to the Penang National Park. Take a right at the end of the main road in Teluk Bahang into the small fishing village and look for a sign on your right.You can contact Pak Mat ( Uncle Mat ) or his wife is called Mak Jah ( Auntie Jah )