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.
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.
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.
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...........
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
It's nice to jog around the Gurney Drive (2km) since the scenary is beautiful and the air salty from sea spray. But don't ever attempt what I foolishly did - try to jog from the E&O Hotel to Gurney Drive (3km) ! The walking path there was almost non-existent and it became dangerous as I had to dodge oncoming cars. But from Gurney drive onwards, it was ok since there was a nice path for strolling. Try to avoid weekend nights as it tends to get crowded. I saw many more Penangite joggers during sundown. Other possible routes include the scenic route at Ayer Hitam Dam and the Botanical Gardens. Do note that the route at the Dam can be challenging as you're fighting gravity over there on the mountainous slopes.
Gurney Drive - Drive to the Esplanade, park at the side and jog along the 2km coastline
Ayer Hitam Dam - Drive to the top and jog around the periphery of the Dam