|Monkey Beach @ Penang National Park|
Monkey Beach PenangIdyllic and pristine, Monkey Beach is one of the most popular Penang beaches at Teluk Bahang. Right next to Penang National Park, some visitors prefer trekking to Monkey Beach, thus this beautiful Penang beach is included in Taman Negara Pulau Pinang's promotional brochures and trail map. On the grid, Monkey Beach doesn't belong to Penang National Park. In fact, not many know that Monkey Beach is a private property!
For regulars to Monkey Penang, one would notice there are structures or little stalls erected along the coastline, providing food and drinks as well as water recreational activities to visitors. Rules, regulations and rounds are more relax compares to the soil of Penang National Park. Having that said, it is best to keep the beach neat and tidy if you organize a picnic or an overnight camping there.
Pantai Teluk Duyung or literally translated to Mermaid Bay Beach, this is the original name of this unspoilt beach. Being the home to crab-eating macaques (a species of Old World monkey), it is fondly known as Monkey Beach. It however doesn't mean monkey business is allowed on this beach .
There are two options to get there - hiking or boating. For an average hikers, it takes around 1 hours and 15 minutes. A pleasant walk by the coastline most of the time, crossing bridges and dwelling in a thin rain forest. Shady trail except the stretch of USM CEMACS coastline/jetty as whispering casuarina trees greet you.
Alternatively, go by boat. Cost around RM80 per boat or RM10 per person on sharing basis. You're likely to enjoy the view of coastline and lush greenery from sea perspective. Or, you may opt to hike to Monkey Beach and return by boat. Grab a couple name cards of the boat operators at the entrance of Penang National Park, call them if you need their service.
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