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Penang National Park

Dense jungle and a wealth of animals offer a glimpse of how Malaysia looked centuries ago.

At just 2,997 acres (1,213 hectares), Penang National Park is one of the smallest national parks in the world, but it has an incredible diversity of wildlife. Over 1,000 types of plants and hundreds of species of birds, reptiles and mammals are found within this dense tropical jungle, located on Penang’s northwest coast.

Those who enjoy a hike will appreciate the marked trails leading through the jungle, more often than not ending up at one of the park’s white-sand beaches. The most famous beach, Pantai Kerachut, features the nesting ground of the green turtles as well as a meromictic lake, a rare natural phenomenon in which separate layers of water do not intermix.

As well as the jungle trails, you can access the beaches by taking a leisurely boat ride. Cool off with a dip in the natural swimming holes, or a relaxing swim in the ocean.

One day in this lush park may not be enough. Bringing a tent to pitch at one of the many campsites is a budget-conscious option. All campsites offer shade and good facilities, providing the perfect way to get back to nature. Camping in the park is free, but you’ll need to contact the park management for a permit.

Bird watchers will be in their element in this park. A number of regional species, including the Brahminy kite and the crested serpent eagle, are often spotted soaring above the tree tops. Animal lovers will enjoy spotting tree shrews, flying lemurs, leopard cats and even the occasional snake.

Penang National Park is located 13 miles (22 kilometers) northwest of Georgetown on Muka Head, about an hour by bus. Entry is free, and registration is required upon entrance (especially for camping). The park is open every day of the year.

Would you like to make your visit to Penang National Park even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try a few of these things to do:

Private Penang National Park Morning Trekking is just one of the most popular activities on offer here.

Take a look at our George Town things to do page to find many more activities in the area.


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Hotel & Chalet Sportfishing PNK Teluk Bahang $26
Hotel & Chalet Sportfishing PNK Teluk Bahang

Hotel & Chalet Sportfishing PNK Teluk Bahang

Jalan Hassan Abbas, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Penang
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in George Town, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Toy Museum Heritage Garden and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    OYO 528 Sea Princess Hotel $16
    OYO 528 Sea Princess Hotel

    OYO 528 Sea Princess Hotel

    811-A, Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, Penang-Island, George Town, Penang
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in George Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Toy Museum Heritage Garden and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

      Boulder Valley $117
      Boulder Valley

      Boulder Valley

      8 Jalan Teluk Bahang, George Town, Pulau Pinang
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in George Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Penang Butterfly Farm and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

        OYO 1093 Ali's Motel $16
        OYO 1093 Ali's Motel

        OYO 1093 Ali's Motel

        Lot 358, MK 2 Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, George Town, Penang
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in George Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Toy Museum Heritage Garden and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

          Eco Capsule Resort
          Eco Capsule Resort

          Eco Capsule Resort

          Lorong Rimba, George Town, Pulau Pinang
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in George Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Penang Butterfly Farm and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

            Penang Mutiara Beach Resort
            Penang Mutiara Beach Resort

            Penang Mutiara Beach Resort

            1 JALAN TELUK BAHANG,, George Town, Penang
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in George Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Penang Cultural Center and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

              Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang $64
              Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

              Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

              Batu Feringgi Beach, Batu Feringgi, George Town, Penang
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this George Town resort is just steps from Eden Parade Shopping Centre and Ferringgi Beach. East Wind Watersports and Batu Feringghi Night Market are also within 10 minutes.

                Hard Rock Hotel Penang $79
                Hard Rock Hotel Penang

                Hard Rock Hotel Penang

                Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Penang
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this George Town resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Batu Feringghi Night Market and Ferringgi Beach. Tropical Spice Garden and Eden Parade Shopping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).