The Penang National Park is believed to be the smallest National Park in the world. Spread across 1,213 hectares, facing the ocean, it’s famous for its tropical plants, flora and fauna, wildlife species and canopy walkways. Although small, it has a tremendous amount of surprises for its visitors.
The National Park is located on the northwest corner of the island, byTelukBahang.
Best time to visit:
Although the park could be visited year round, we’d suggest visiting during the months of May to October due to its favorable weather conditions.
How to reach:
You can reach the island from Kuala Lumpur through various modes of transport, including bus, flight, car, and train. Once you’re here, you can easily get to the National Park by road. The public buses run around the place frequently. One can also hire a taxi or cab.
Things to do and places to explore:
The National Park is home to around 1000 species of flora and 271 species of wildlife. There are a number of beaches within the park. It houses mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians and a lot more. Mammals like slow loris, flying lemur, civet cats, leopard cats, sea otters, pangolins, and a few others, could be found here. A number of other amazing things found here include a meromictic lake, mudflat areas, mangrove swamps, and a few endangered turtle species.
This small paradise offers a day full of fun activities. Here are the things you can enjoy doing here:
- Wildlife Observation
- Water Activities
- Canopy Walkaway
- Jungle trekking
- Bird Watching
- Boat Trips
Apart from the fun-filled activities, the national park has a lot of other things to offer. Here are a few places to explore at the national park:
- Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm
- Escape Theme Park, Penang
- Monkey Beach
- Penang Toy Museum
- Taman Rimba
- Tropical Fruit Farm
- Penang National Park Office
- Forest eco-park
- TelukBahang Beach
- Arts Of Asia: The Tribal Art Gallery
- Hutansimpantelukbahang (Air terjunajaibbuatanmanusia)
- National Parks Office
- Pantai Mas
- Art & Garden
- Sri SingamugaKaliamman Temple TelukBahang
- GaleriRumahTerbalik ( Up Side Down) TelokBahang
The town of TelukBahang offers only a few basic accommodation facilities. Visitors can camp at the campsites in the park. However, the National Park could be covered in a day-trip having easy accessibility with major cities.
Where and what to eat:
There is a 24-hour minimart at the entrance of the park which offers basic necessities. Apart from that, there are a number of food stalls as well as Chinese and Muslim restaurants offering few of the best food of Penang. The fresh seafood is a must-try here. A number of water-refilling machines are located near the park, costing just a few pennies for plenty of drinking water.
The Penang National Park or Taman Negara Pulau Pinang was previously known as the Pantai Aceh Forest Reserve and was declared a National Park in 2003.
Things to keep in mind:
- The visiting hour of the park is from 8 AM to 5 PM. A permit is needed for entrance to the park which could be issued at the Park Information and Registration Counter for free.
- ATMs and money changers are available all around the island, although the town itself has a scarcity of ATMs. We’d suggest, you have enough cash with you for a hassle-free vacation.
- You can buy a local SIM at the airport or from shops and kiosks present in different parts of the island.