Trekking through Penang National Park

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Penang : Trekking through Penang National Park
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Penang : Trekking through Penang National Park

Go out and do something different by hitting the trails at Penang’s National Park. This place is a jungle paradise for nature lovers, full of lush trees and plants and teeming with wildlife. Sign in at the park’s entrance, (entry is free) which is at the fishing village, Teluk Bahang. There are various treks and hikes available, and the office staff can advise which might suit you best.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m hiking, I find a beach a good reward. At the park you are spoiled for choice, with eight to choose from. I opted for a 3km jungle trek to Kerachut Beach (or, Pantai Kerachut). The walk wasn’t too challenging, although there were a few climbs. I even passed a tortoise!

Just before you hit the beach there is a large meromictic lake. Something of a phenomenon, this is where salty and fresh water layers do not mix but sit one top of one another and is a rare find, especially when hiking in Malaysia.

Then I discovered the beautiful pristine beach ahead and I immediately jumped in to swim. What a way to cool off!

I could have walked the trail back, but I found a water taxi ride was a quick and simple way to enjoy a whole different view.

Fancy hiking in Penang? My staff will tell you what to look out for at this fantastic destination. Ask away! If you’re keen to explore Georgetown, check out my One Day City Guide to see the top sights!