Trekking at Penang National Park

Boat at Penang National Park

Penang is definitely my favourite place in Malaysia. I love the fusion of cultures and of course, its mouth-watering food. Penang also has an amazing nature. You can relax by the beach at Batu Ferringhi or befriend gorgeous butterflies at its Butterfly Park. Not far from those two attractions, also lays Penang National Park. I found that there are many activities you can do inside the national park, including trekking. And I love trekking!

Walking through unspoilt forest, breathing fresh, unpolluted air is my type of heaven. Only an hour away from the bustling city, I could just do this in Penang! Timothy and I dedicated one day for trekking at Penang National Park. Before going inside, all visitors had to report at the front desk where the staff asked which trekking trail we want to take. They also informed us about each of its duration. Then we had to sign their visitor’s book, including our hour of entry. I was really pleased by the control given by the staff.

Signs at Penang National Park
Easy signs

The path was easy at first, and after a couple of kilometres we went past some wooden bridges and also small beaches. It was so easy for me to loose myself in one spot for a long time. I did a lot of little stops to admire the sea, and to take pictures of the forest surrounding me. I found it very tranquil, it’s not often I could be in a piece of haven like this.

Bridge at Penang National Park
Sometimes the trek is good, with a bridge like this
Trek at Penang National Park
One of the treks

As we went deeper inside, the trek became a little harder, with muddy ground and a lot of tree branches, where I had to skip over them. Sometimes, I could see the sea and some fishermen’s houses floating up and down following the gentle waves, and other time I felt like I was right in the middle of a rainforest. At one point, we stumbled upon a huge lizard between the bushes. Being totally afraid of reptiles, I wanted to run, but the photographer in me wanted to capture the lizard. Obviously I failed to capture from shaking, and immediately ran further away from the lizard. Even when I was scared, I was also slightly happy that I had the chance to see some wildlife, it was obvious that they are taking care of this place.

Small beach at Penang National Park
The small beach I found during my trek
Butterfly at Penang National Park
Gorgeous wildlife

The rest of the trek was filled mostly with the sounds of crickets and chirping of birds. After around 2 hours (we were so slow!), we finally made it to Monkey Beach, where, of course, we were greeted by lots of monkeys!

Monkey beach, Penang National Park
Arrived at monkey beach!

Monkey beach, Penang National Park
Monkey beach

After eating our sandwich and relaxing by the beach, our only options to go back was to trek back or to rent a boat. As we were discussing, a man came up to us and asked if we wanted to join his boat with some other passengers. We paid 10RM per person, which I thought was cheap. The boat trip was a lot of fun too!

Boat at Penang National Park
10 RM for a boat ride back

Penang National Park is definitely an option for those who want to get away from the city for a while to enjoy a breath of fresh air. I definitely had a lot of fun!

Fisherman at Penang National Park
Peeking at a fisherman doing his job

How DEW travelled there

From Komtar, you can take the Bus 101 (Rapid Penang) and stop at its last station (after the Butterfly Park). You can always ask the bus driver to tell you where to stop. It takes around 1 hour to get there.

From Monkey beach, you can take the boat. The boat comes and goes and the cost is shared between several people, usually they will ask you to join (unless you want to trek back).

The entrance to the national park is absolutely free!

19 Comment

  1. The Penang National Park looks so beautiful! It seems to combine two of my favorite things: the sea and national parks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently wishing I was somewhere in nature, away from this dusty old city, so your post came like a breath of fresh air!

    1. It is truly a wonderful place to be! If you ever come to South East Asia, you should check it out ๐Ÿ˜‰
      By the way, Bucharest isn’t that bad, at least you still have some nice parks, like Herฤƒstrฤƒu Park ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. We do, but I miss being out of the busy city. I’m planning going somewhere next week. Herฤƒstrฤƒu Park is lovely, it’s one of my favorites. And even though I pass it by every day on my way to work, I haven’t actually went to the park in a while, haha.

        1. Lucky that you still have a park in the middle of the city! We don’t here in Indonesia, such a shame ๐Ÿ™

  2. I didn’t know you were such a hike girl :). Well, well :). Lovely experience and this Park is amazing. I always keen on trekking. Adding it to my bucket list :).

    1. I don’t hike as much as I’d like to but I love doing it when I have the chance. Definitely a great place Agness, I think you’d love it!

  3. yihaaaa, can’t wait for my next trip to Penang *next year*,
    well, I think I will need your recommendation for Penang food tour, or even better join me too LOL

    1. If you pay, I will definitely join you ๐Ÿ˜€
      Penang is a great place to go for a trip, you will love it Mei!

  4. I love hikes where there’s a lot of diversity in terrain and scenery and it looks like the one you took would suit me well. I’ve never been in a place where there are monkeys on a beach. How cool!

    1. It’s definitely a cool place, the wildlife, the scenery were both just so good! Would definitely come back here again ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Aggy,

    salam kenal, just want to check with you, is this place the same with Taman Negara Pulau Penang? from trip advisor review it looks there is 50RMB entrance fee. The place seems really nice (both review from you and TA). Plan to go Penang sometimes next month, thanks for sharing.

    Martin

    1. Hi Martin, salam kenal juga. Yes it is the Taman Negara Pulau Pinang in Malay. I didn’t pay at all upon entering the national park, but I think you would need to pay 5RM if you want to visit the Canopy Walk – but I think that is all, I can’t remember paying as much as 50RM! That would be way expensive!

      Hope you enjoy your trip to Penang!

  6. The interesting part is when you met the lizard :p But love the monkey and butterfly photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hahaha! A lot of great wildlife in that place for sure!

  7. A really different angle on Penang โ€“ I visited years ago but stuck to the city so it’s interesting to see a different perspective on it, looks beautiful.

    1. It’s worth the visit if you’re ever in Penang again! Such a lovely place to be and definitely different to the city.

  8. Oh man, we somehow got lost in this park and spent hours trying to find our way back without any water. When we finally arrived at the beach, no boat would take us back to the entrance of the park because they were all full. So we had to hike all the way back. I don’t think I’ve ever been that thirsty hahah.

    1. Oh wow, that sounds horrible! I only brought one bottle of water but they had some stalls open so we managed to sit down to have some cold water before leaving. Yea the downside is the boats come whenever they want so if you don’t get one the only option is to hike back. Better luck next time Angie ๐Ÿ™‚

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