|7 Free Things To Do & See @ Penang National Park|
Penang National Park If you want to experience the bold and the beautiful right here at your backyard, consider trekking to the pristine beaches in Penang National Park. Instead of taking the boat that ferries you directly to these unspoilt natural wonders, hiking or jungle trekking is a chic way to burn some calories while enjoying a buffet of nature in the rain forest. To enjoy to the fullest, it is best to reserve a full day to explore this gem despite it is the smallest national park in the world. It's worth and everything in the park doesn't cost even a penny!
7 Free Things To Do & See:
From easy, moderate to adventurous, Penang National Park has them all. Trail guide is presented at Visitor's Center. If you need advice or tips, talk to the staff that man the registration booth. Short trail from 5 minutes stroll on paved path to dirt trail crossing obstacles, hugging fallen trunks to holding on ropes that takes up to an hour and a half. Easy to moderate, with a small gradient and snaking trails at occasions.
2. Meromictic Lake.
Interestingly, you have to arrive on the 'right' season to witness the lake, otherwise the same exact spot is like a ground of Savannah. No joke, this natural meromictic lake at Kerachut Beach is a seasonal one unlike other meromictic lakes, that hold water thorough the year. If you don't want to get disappointed of not seeing what you expect, either a lake or a Savannah, ask the staff at Visitor's Center before deciding on your hiking trails.
3. Penang Beaches.
Idyllic, pristine, these are the last few survivals of Penang beaches! Popular among the foreign visitors in the summer months, Monkey Beach is one of the most talk about Penang beaches and it was featured on travel channel - No Reservations: Penang hosted by Anthony Bourdain.
4. Uncover Natural Treasures.
A place to treat all your senses, appreciating nature, from green foliage in a tropical rain forest to wetland and mangrove organisms. If you're into birdwatching, most likely you're going to spot white-bellied sea eagles at beachfront. Crab-eating Macaques also made their home here at Monkey Beach thus gives the name, though this Penang beach is officially known as Teluk Duyung - Mermaid Bay. Keen to play pee-ka-boo with baby turtles? Then head to Pantai Kerachut Turtle Conservation Sanctuary. Green sea turtles are often seen visiting Kerachut Beach to lay eggs after April through August, whilst Olive Ridley species are regulars from September onwards until late February.
5. Muka Head Light House.
Erected in 1883 by British, Muka Head Lighthouse in Penang or Rumah Api Pulau Pinang is a rewarding hike over 4.6 km (one-way), with a bird-eye view of Penang National Park after you conquer the spiral stairs-way to hit the 'viewing deck' at the light house.
6. Recreational Activities.
Be it swimming, relaxing, picnicking, patting sand, building sand castles on a day outing to an overnight camping, watching stars, Penang National Park has them all. Sungai/Teluk Tukun, Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach) and Pantai Kerachut are the three spots that offer designated campsites. Except for Pantai Kerachut water that are swamped with jellyfish, swimming is fun at these Penang beaches here.
Coastlines and the piers in Penang National Park are popular among the anglers. Equipped with fishing rods and gears, avid fishers often hang out at Sungai/Teluk Tukun, Teluk Aling USM CEMACS and Pantai Kerachut.
If you want to cheat your way to the best Penang beaches, boat excursion can be considered. Provided by commercial tour agents, boat transfer of a single journey, return or a few stops - all these can be arranged with the tour operators at Teluk Bahang Fisherman Jetty, next to the Penang National Park Visitor Center. Opsh - this is not free thing to do at Penang National Park, thus it made to the 8th in the list!
p.s. Please pack-out what you pack-in, don't leave behind your sanity and your thrash!
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