Cycling in Countryside
Talking about Penang one will usually talks about it's beach, heritage, food and etc...
Cycling in Balik Pulau is one totally different experience i have in Penang. A cycling tour run by 'explore balik pulau' is an surprising trip for me after so many times to the small island.
The guide shows us the beautiful faces of Penang countryside, along the cycling trip we see some beautiful villages, rice paddy field and we are also introduced to how's Malaysian live in the countryside. The 2hour plus cycling was very easy and relaxing.
Really an eye opener trip suggested to all visitors to Penang.
- Road Trip
Hiking to Muka Head Light House
This Light House was built in 1883 and about 14m high. It's a very beautiful light house and worth the pain you endured the knee pain hiking about 1.5hours from the starting point at Penang Natural park to Monkey Beach and another 30minutes hiking up to the Light house. Haha..I didn't go, my colleagues went there on Saturday morning.
The monkey beach is really beautiful and breathtaking views from the light house top.
Equipment: Sport shoes and wear light.
Best time to go in early morning.
- Hiking and Walking
Cycling around Penang
For Claus, if you read this tip.
Biking or cycling, a popular sport in Penang.
Picture 3, I saw this elderly caucasion stopping at the Fisherman Jetty, I can't stop admiring, cycling can really helped to keep the body trim and fit, but the winkles on the face, Aiya, that one cannot help lah..
(lah - another special Malaysian word to add at the end a sentence)
I wonder why the cyclists have to wear the special outfit for cycling? Can't I wear my ordinary clothing for cycling? hmmmm...........
- Road Trip
Hole in one!!!!!!!
It's new Golf Resort in Penang, simply named as Penang Golf Resort, situated at Kepala Batas, Seberang Perai Utara, Penang. A 36 hole golf resort, designed by Graham Marsh (who is world-renowned golf course architect and a great golfer)
Beautiful landscaped and so green. I came here with friends for taking wedding pictures.
For more info, please refer:
Penang National Park - monkey beach
hike up to monkey beach in monkey year(2004), anyone? as a penangite for 26 years and i never heard of Monkey Beach (pantai duyung) in PENANG? once my friends asked me to join them to monkey beach at teluk bahang, then i found out OOHHH... this is the monkey beach you guys are talking about. the hike took me em... prox. 4 hours to the beach and another 1.5 hours to the top of the hill which lead to the light house. for ur information, don't waste ur time to the light house. curiousity kills the cat, we did the 1.5 hours hike for nothing but the light house. we can't really see the "masterpieces" of penang on top of the hill.
the park is link by a forest trails from telok bahang to sungai tukun, telok aling, muka head lighthouse and pantai kerachut. a natural trail also looped around the meromictic lake at pantai kerachut. there are jetties at telok aling and pantai kerachut for those who come by boat.
Equipment: a pair of sport shoes, bottle of water and swimsuit if u wanna take a dip in the sea. aha... u can even enjoy sun bathing on the beach.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Chinese Swimming Club
See one ot the antique swimming clubs at Penang, with Olympic-sized pool and function rooms for aerobics, karate and, even ball-room dancing has been practised here (9am - none and 1pm until 9.30pm). There's a gym, too, strictly for members ...
Equipment: You want to shoot some formidable pictures ? Then pay a visit to this Chinese Swimming Club, a beautiful old swimming-bath worth a monument. Included the vertiginous highest spring-board to dive into the water. Though we shoot some wonderful pics the model did not took the risk to climb that high ... me neither... *lol*
- Road Trip
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Beach, Ocean & Sharks!
Yep, Penang is bordered by the ocean and all kind of water sports are perfect pastimes. Are they?
Some places, like Tanjung Bungah, are rocky and even dirty. Ofcourse there are not that many hotels at this end of the island and, moving around the coast the rocks gradually give way to clearer beaches.
The main strip of Ferringhi Beach, also used by locals and daytrippers, have beautiful gardens opening its way onto the beach, still keeping its own section of sand clean.
Note: ... sharks do not show up that much, be aware of the jelly-fishes, these cause the problems!
Equipment: Find one of the best beaches at Teluk Bahang which is only a 5 minute drive from the main Ferringhi Beach, just take plenty of water as shops are not as convenient.
Wanna go for a "Fascinating Diversity Of Marine Life And Vegetation",... see link!
- Sailing and Boating
- Diving and Snorkeling
Penang Dragon Boat Race
Dragon boat racing is a sport founded in China centuries ago. It combines the power, speed and endurance of 12 or 20 people. Manned by paddlers, steerers and a drummer, the exquisite dragon boats surge towards the finish line, accompanied by the thunder of drums and roar of the crowd.
Penang Dragon Boat Race is usually held twice a year in June & December. The race is participated by many teams around the world.
Jetski on Batu Ferringhi
Batu Ferringhi beach isnt great for swimming due to murky water and jellyfish, so the place is teeming with watersports places - jetski, parasailing, speedboats etc.
In fact if you did swim there you would probably be mashed up by a flotilla of motorised craft !
So I decided to join the rest of em and hire a JetSki. Against the advise of my hotel, I rented one direct from the guys on the beach - 90RM for 30mins, as opposed to 140 from the hotel.
700cc model was plenty quick enough - in fact I never opened it up fully as the water was a bit choppy from all the other craft on the water. It was great fun but I think 30 mins is adequate as you can't go very far.
Equipment: You don't need anything - just turn up in your shorts and they give you a life jacket.
Dont carry anything or it will get soaked.
- Water Sports
Bukit Jambul Country Club
The club is situated on a hilltop... on the way to the airport from the city... Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the 18-holes par-72 course play to a short 5,763m from the blue tees... The 1st Nine plays to 2,889m while the 2nd Nine 2,874m... The course is tight and hilly and water does not come into play except for the par-3 hole #13... Precision of tee and fairway shots is needed for this short course... The course offers a good view of some parts of Penang island as it is elevated... The elevated teebox of hole #10 has a stunning panaromic view of the island looking towards the 13.5km Penang Bridge...
Equipment: For golfers, there is the normal male and lady changing rooms... The Golfers Terrance offers some simple meal and drinks... For fine dining, there is the Sukhothai Thai Seafood Restuarant...
There is the first club of Capoeira in Penang, the trainer comes from Senzala group of Brazil. The club is located at YMCA, they have classes every saturday 9 AM. But you can also see them at Youth park every sunday morning at 8.30 AM.
Evening classes opening soon but must register first so as soon as they have enough people they will open + 1 in Butterworth
For more details contact them at email@example.com
Longest Penang Hiking Trail
This hike was made with the Penang Adventurers Club who opened it to the public. We made our way to Penang Hill on our own. My pal, Juliana was anxious we were not be left behind so we took the 6.30 am tram! Cost of tram ticket RM3.00 one way. The hike began at 8.45 am.
This trail is named the Longest Trail. It begins in Penang Hill and ends in the Telok Bahang national park or you can begin from the park. It is all of 11 km and the hike is mostly uphills and downhills. Which makes it tough! And which is why we took almost 6 hours to finish! The organisers who are ardent hikers said our group was fast. So it is safer to give yourself more time to complete at a more leisurely pace if you don't hike often or isn't as fit.
1/3 of the way is moderate while the remaining killers! Many are 45 degree slopes. Luckily the forestry dept. maintains the path quite well with lots of ropes for hikers to hold on to.
The scenery and the flora just ok. We only saw a few monkey cups. You need to concentrate on your feet as there are lots of tree roots in the path, crumbling steps and fallen trees. The path is also slippery due to fallen leaves.
I was drenched by sweat within an hour and by the 2nd half of the hike, gave up trying to stop the rivers of sweat.
There are no toilets along the way.
Lunch was what each hiker had taken along. We ate 'pau' (Chinese flour dumpling with meat). Some ate nasi lemak and one even took along a loaf of bread and made her sandwiches there! Everyone was friendly. Food, fruits and chocs were passed around.
Four hours into the hike, I was only interested in one thing - finish as fast as possible! It was made harder for me because halfway, the sole of one shoe threatened to run away. My ever resourceful better half cut off straps from his back pack and tied it up for me. Later the other shoe threatened to do the same.
There are toilets and bathrooms in the national park. Cost of use of toilet is 30 sen while bathing is RM1.00. Toiletries also sold there.
Equipment: Light clothing. I wore long sleeved T and long pants and they served to protect my body very well from scratches and cuts that I saw on some of those who wore shorts. There are many trees with thorns along the way so keep your eyes open.
At least 2 litres of water. Put some powdered glucose into it for instant energy and you also don't feel so thirsty when you drink this. No streams along the way.
Energy food that is convenient and light.
Good reliable shoes and thick socks or two layers of socks to protect your toes from all those downhill pressure.
Torchlight and whistle. Quite a number of people have gotten lost in the hills in Penang. Raincoat.
Small towels for your sweat.
Small amount of money. You won't need more than RM10.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Hiking on PWA water pipe trail
Between Moon Gate and 84 tarred road up Penang Hill, there is a trail that follows the water pipe of Penang Water Authority (PWA).
It is a steep hike taking less than 30 minutes to reach the end but is less travelled. So go with someone else. There are also side trails to join Moon Gate trail or 84. Since one can get lost, so better stick to the trail up and down unless led by a local hiker.
More adventurous trail than 84 or Moon Gate. Wet and slippery if rain.
Walking or Jogging in Penang Island
The most popular places for walking and jogging is Botanical Gardens and Youth Park. Usually in the early morning or late late afternoon. So before or after work or during weekends. The Esplanade, Gurney Drive, Bukit Dumbar, the lake near Bukit Jambul and Air Itam Dam are other lcoal favorites places. Have tried the coastal path near the Penang bridge but the mud stench is too much.
Be careful not to leave your valuables in your cars and occasionally there are car break-in's while joggers jog.
Hiking up 84 tarred road trail
84 is affectionately named rest stop along this tarred road just next to the entrance of Botanical Garden to the top of Penang Hill. Only jeep vehicles and motorcycles of residents living up at Penang Hill and those with special permission are allowed to use this road.
So generally it is a quiet road used by local hikers. Most of the regular hikers will take less than 30 minutes and just stop at 84 rest stop for the free biscuits and hot coffee or tea provided by volunteers (There is a donation box for regular hikers). Then they will make their way down. Others will go all the way up to Penang Hill before coming down the same way or take the funicular train down to Air Itam town which is far away from Botanical Gardens.
The road going up is steep but manageable. Coming down is a challenge for those with knee problems. So you will have to criss cross or walk backwards or use a walking stick to reduce the pressure on your knees.
Well, happy hiking up 84. There is always a stream of hikers going up and down.