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Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

949 Reviews

Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

949 Reviews
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town

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Learn about a life of grandeur in 19th-century Penang on a tour of Cheong Fatt Tze, aka the Blue Mansion. Book admission to the famed George Town landmark and gain insight into its eclectic architecture and heritage, based on the lavish lifestyle of its former resident.
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Lucrezia C. wrote a review Dec 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia260 contributions35 helpful votes
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Visiting one of the smallest national parks in the world was better than expected. Due to COVID-19, not many people were around. We came on a weekday, so this helped too. Registration requires a QR-code scanner because an online form has to be completed (separate version for foreigners and Malaysian citizens). Rangers were friendly and provided helpful tips for the trails, explained the different types of rainforest to be found in this national park and provided guidance on which trail to take. We did not take any boat trip because we love to hike. The trail to Monkey Beach is still closed for hiking, so if this is your destination, then you have to book a boat. The lighthouse can be visited until 3pm too (nearby Monkey beach). The first trail from the entrance to the meromictic lake next to Kerachut Beach took us 1.5 hours (the trail can be also take up to 2.5 hours depending on your speed and fitness). Signs are available at crossroads in the jungle, so the risk of getting lost is low. The trail is a mixture of uphill and downhill, can be quite steep at times but always manageable especially when the ground is dry. The turtle hatch as Kerachut Beach was closed unfortunately, but we saw traces of adult turtles in the sand. From Kerachut beach, we took another trail to Teluk Kampi beach (another hour away, mostly uphill) where we stayed for 2 hours to relax. Most people don’t hike there because they use a boat instead. Better for us because we had the trails to ourselves. Bring a lot of water and some isotonic drinks because it’s usually sunny and hot.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Anita C wrote a review Dec 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia47 contributions19 helpful votes
We drove to Taman negara from Batu ferringhi. Parking available there for rm4. We decided to take the boat to monkey beach. Rm100 for a return boat. That's the total cost, not the per-person cost. The long 'jetty' to the boat is a disgrace. Treacherous. Rotten old boards cobbled together. The boat ride was only 15mins. Quite choppy, even though it was a beautiful day. Maybe it was because it's the rainy season. I don't know. Life jackets were provided, adult and child sizes. monkey beach has the potential to be stunning. It's a beautiful beach surrounded by jungle. However it is filthy with plastic rubbish. Sharp broken drink cans are a real danger. The food kiosks are all closed down but they have left everything behind, broken chairs and debris everywhere. We were advised when we paid that we should take snacks as there was no food available there. As soon as my son opened a packet of nuts a male monkey arrived. He bared his teeth and launched at me as I was holding my toddler in my arms. Very scary. Hopefully after covid they will have the tourists and the money to get it back to what was probably once a great tourist attraction, but until then, I would give it a miss.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Bobo Ngan wrote a review May 2020
Hong Kong, China425 contributions40 helpful votes
As I visited here 7 years before, this time I just bring my friend to here to have some photos and stay only 1 hours. Both of us have no time to hike inside to the beach. I find here more family come than 7 years ago. Sign name at receiption and get a pass to hike inside.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Farida P wrote a review Apr 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom144 contributions42 helpful votes
We did a good 2 hour walk through the forest and saw some lovely birds etc . It's easy walking . We had hoped to swim on arrival at a lovely beach but there were warning signs about jelly fish. We got a boat back to the village and then caught a bus back to town. A good day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Pavla wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions3 helpful votes
Very good trekking, I decided to go to the Kerachut Beach both ways - I did not want to pay for expensive boat trips. I started early in the morning (7:30) because I had only limited time for trekking and also wanted to avoid crowds. The trail was easy with a few very steep parts - take good shoes, no flip-flops. It took cca 75 min to go there (I am average but experienced trekker), the way back was much faster - cca 60 min. But during going back I met hundreds of tourists in the opposite directions and had to often wait until big groups (20-30 people) pass by due to narrow paths. I was lucky that I started early in the morning and was almost alone on the beach. The weekend is not a good time for visiting this park - the crowds of tourists may negatively influence your experience. But the beach is nice and trekking in the jungle is very good experience. Unluckily I did not see any turtles because the facility on the beach opens at 10am and I did not have enough time to stay longer. I saw monkeys and an otter instead.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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