Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), Penang Island

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Explore the topographic and biological variety of Malaysia at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), 2,562 hectares (6,330 acres) of protected landscape and wildlife. Head down to the beach to meet the crab-eating macaques living there, and pay a visit to the turtle breeding beach nearby. Spot stork-billed kingfishers around the wetlands, and discover the many species living in the mangroves: with six different types of habitat here, the diversity of animal and plant life is extensive. Once you've seen it from the ground, head up to the canopy walkway to gain a different perspective on the park's abundance. To find out how to plan a trip to Penang Island, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Although the road to Monkey Beach is cut off, they don't seem to have much intention of fixing it, as the boats that move you there have a good deal. We made the way to Turtle Beach, which is a route of approximately 1.30 hours, and there we took a boat that left us at Monkey Beach where we could take a nice bath. In Turtle Beach it is forbidden to bathe, although it is a beautiful beach for walking. There is no need to pay a boat in advance. On the beaches regularly go boats to the "hunting" of the tourist who for a price of about 20RMY take you to Monkey Beach, and then to the entrance back. It's a really nice national park for jungle walks, and it gave us the feeling of being uncareful, and you could better maintain the roads and promote it much more.
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  • Visiting Penang National Park is one of Penang's must-sees. We went to Grab and got back by bus,,, has good communications. there are several ways to visit it: walking, boating, etc... we went to Turtle beach walking and then we returned by boat, stopping at Monkey beach; The turtle santario is very sad, but the park great. Very dangerous jellyfish invite you not to use the beach to blow yourself up, but it is worth sure the whole park.
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  • Great park with free access. 15.02 - canopy walk doesn’t work. Beautiful jungles, sound-area is mind blowing, a bunch of birds and insects (which you don’t actually see)) make an orchestra. Before main entrance you could meet some food-sellers telling you to buy permission to get in - don’t listen to them, because it’s not true) the one thing - before entering the park you need to register at the information desk. That’s only for your safety. They will also give you a map, so you definitely won’t be lost, although there’s a bunch of readable and big signs in the park. Unfortunately, because of some nature-caused circumstances (like fallen tree or so) the path to the monkey beach (also the canopy walk) was closed, so we walked about 1,5 to the Turtle beach, which was also really good. When you get to the beach, you can arrange a transfer back to the info desk on a boat for about 80 ringgit for 2 persons - it’s pretty expensive, but really fun though, the views from the water are spectacular. They make a stop on a monkey beach also, so you can spend a couple of hours there, or take a walk to a lighthouse up in the jungle. Be prepared to spend at least 3 hours there, take some water and snacks with you, but please, don’t litter :)
  • Penang national park is gorgeous and a precious portal for experiencing Malaysia's nature. I went with 2 friends on Tuesday 29, wanting to hike to monkey beach, onwards to the lighthouse, and then back to the national park office via the canopy walk. However, on arrival in the morning, office staff told us that the trail to monkey beach was closed due to landslide damage. I was a bit disappointed but we decided to do the other hike, to the turtle sanctuary. It's a short hike, about 90 minutes one way. The trail is well marked and leads you to a beautiful and inviting beach, which is also has a number of signs asking you not to swim because of the jelly fish. The turtle sanctuary has some interesting information but the turtles look a bit sad and cramped in their conditions. On hiking back to the national park office, we plenty of time to take a boat to monkey beach, and from there hike to the lighthouse. It was an excellent day in the park and precious to see the nature, including monkeys, big lizards, and lots of butterflies
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