Penang’s National Park may be Malaysia’s smallest national park covering an area of only 2,300 hectares. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in things to see and do. Penang National Park is the true embodiment of the old saying that good things come in small packages. There are a bunch of things to do and see here, the only requirements are a desire to explore and an adventurous spirit. Here are a few examples of what to expect from Penang National Park.
1. Monkey Beach
Monkey Beach is one of Penang’s more popular beaches due to its golden-sand beach and secludedness. There are two ways to reach the beach, either by hiking through Penang National Park or by hiring a boat. It is recommended that you hike to the beach as you will get to experience the beautiful scenery along the way, plus it’s free. The beach earns its name due to the population of monkeys that loiters around the area. Hence, keep an eye on your food whenever you spot one. Beachgoers mainly frequent monkey beach for sunbathing, picnics, and taking a dip in the sea. Aside from this, camping overnight at Monkey Beach is also allowed.
2. Pantai Kerachut
Another popular beach in Penang National Park is Pantai Kerachut. Similar to Monkey Beach, beachgoers mainly frequent this beach for its golden-sand beach. Pantai Kerachut is in the opposite direction as to where Monkey Beach is located. Hence, it is advisable to pick which beach you would like to visit first and come back a second time for the other.
3. Muka Head Lighthouse
Located further away from Pantai Kerachut lies another one of Penang’s hidden gem. If you’ve never been to the top of a lighthouse before, visiting Muka Head Lighthouse is a must. Visitors will get to experience a panoramic view of Penang from the top of the lighthouse and is the perfect location to get some good shots of Penang.
In essence, Penang National Park is truly worth a visit if you’re in Penang. It offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature as you trek through this forest reserve. Gather your friends and treat yourself to a fun day spent outdoors at Penang National Park today.