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.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Jet Ski at the Beach
The hotel beach shuttle brought us to a strectch of beautiful fine sand beach for our water sports.
Enjoy the Jet Ski trip at the beautiful beach of Penang.
Price RM60 for 15 mins for their 700cc new jet ski.
The life vest will be provided so no worries and just have fun jet skiing.
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
Bukit Jambul Golf Club
Bukit Jambul Country Club (BJCC )is conveniently located below Hotel Equatorial is this golf club which open with much fanfare in 1984. It is 18 hole but generally smaller than most mainland golf courses because of the limited land space.
There other activities like swimming, gym, tennis, squash, snooker and of course restaurant.
Has seen better days but still a great place to swing your club if you are on a business trip to Penang and staying at Hotel Equatorial.
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.
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.
Walking from Penang Hill Top Station
All over Penang island, there are many jungle trails to hike.
The easiest is at the top of Penang Hill, along the tarred road from the Penang Hill Upper Train station towards Methodist Center. And if you walk beyond there, you will see more wild life like giant squirrels, blue Asian fairy bird and the flying lizard which glides from tree to tree.
You can also see excellent views of Georgetown, Air Itam and Penang Bridge.
Can be hot. So bring a cap and an umbrella if it looks like it going to rain. Fairly flat terrain about 30-50 minutes round trip.
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.
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.
Hiking up Bukit Jambul
A very popular local activity especially during weekends.
It is a brisk 30 minutes uphill to an outstanding panoramic view. The path is shaded but it can be very crowded during weekend.
There are some refreshment at the top. Parking is free. It is walking distance from Hotel Equatorial.
Beach & Sea Activities
At the Batu Ferringhi beach, at the "Golden Sands Beach", you will find many beach and sea activities being offered.
On the beach there is horse riding, beach scooter, volley ball or just enjoy foot reflexology or body massage. In the sea, there is jet ski and boat sailing. In the air, there is para sailing.
Whatever activities, remember to wear the safety equipment and ask if you are not sure so that you will have a fun and safe experience.
Hiking from Moon Gate
All Penang hiking enthusiasts know where is Moon Gate. It is an iconic symbol as it is where the original path of jungle trek from outside Botanical Gardens up to Penang Hill and also a common meeting point.
At one point, part of of the wall of Moon Gate was demolished but citizen protest resulted an immediate stop and a rebuilt. The circular shape of the gate gave its name. There are also many hard-core hikers who go up during moonlight with their torches on such occasion as New Year's eve.
The path is not too bad although some parts of the trek may have erosion due to rain. It will meet at 84 rest stop before continuing up to Penang Hill. Path can be fairly quiet on weekdays, so always better to hike with someone else.
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:
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.
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