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Penang National Park

Dense jungle and a wealth of animals offer a glimpse of how Malaysia looked centuries ago.

At just 2,997 acres (1,213 hectares), Penang National Park is one of the smallest national parks in the world, but it has an incredible diversity of wildlife. Over 1,000 types of plants and hundreds of species of birds, reptiles and mammals are found within this dense tropical jungle, located on Penang’s northwest coast.

Those who enjoy a hike will appreciate the marked trails leading through the jungle, more often than not ending up at one of the park’s white-sand beaches. The most famous beach, Pantai Kerachut, features the nesting ground of the green turtles as well as a meromictic lake, a rare natural phenomenon in which separate layers of water do not intermix.

As well as the jungle trails, you can access the beaches by taking a leisurely boat ride. Cool off with a dip in the natural swimming holes, or a relaxing swim in the ocean.

One day in this lush park may not be enough. Bringing a tent to pitch at one of the many campsites is a budget-conscious option. All campsites offer shade and good facilities, providing the perfect way to get back to nature. Camping in the park is free, but you’ll need to contact the park management for a permit.

Bird watchers will be in their element in this park. A number of regional species, including the Brahminy kite and the crested serpent eagle, are often spotted soaring above the tree tops. Animal lovers will enjoy spotting tree shrews, flying lemurs, leopard cats and even the occasional snake.

Penang National Park is located 13 miles (22 kilometers) northwest of Georgetown on Muka Head, about an hour by bus. Entry is free, and registration is required upon entrance (especially for camping). The park is open every day of the year.


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8 Jalan Teluk Bahang, George Town, Pulau Pinang
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of ESCAPE Adventureplay and Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Ferringgi Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

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    Jalan Hassan Abbas, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Penang
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in George Town, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Toy Museum Heritage Garden and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm and Ferringgi Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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      OYO 528 Sea Princess Hotel

      811-A, Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, Penang-Island, George Town, Penang
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Toy Museum Heritage Garden, ESCAPE Adventureplay and Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Ferringgi Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

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        Lot 358, MK 2 Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, George Town, Penang
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Toy Museum Heritage Garden, ESCAPE Adventureplay and Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Ferringgi Beach is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

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          Eco Capsule Resort

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          Lorong Rimba, George Town, Pulau Pinang
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm and ESCAPE Adventureplay. Ferringgi Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

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            Penang Mutiara Beach Resort

            1 JALAN TELUK BAHANG, George Town, Penang
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in George Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Penang Cultural Center, ESCAPE Adventureplay, and Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Ferringgi Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

              Bahang Bay Hotel £32
              Bahang Bay Hotel

              Bahang Bay Hotel

              15 Jalan Teluk Bahang, Tanjung Bungah, George Town, Pulau Pinang
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Penang Cultural Center, ESCAPE Adventureplay and Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Ferringgi Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

                Angsana Teluk Bahang £98
                Angsana Teluk Bahang

                Angsana Teluk Bahang

                11, Jalan Teluk Bahang, George Town, Penang
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this George Town hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Teluk Bahang Beach, ESCAPE Adventureplay and Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Ferringgi Beach is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.