Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hiking Monkey Beach, Penang National Park

Have been really busy and accumulated bunch of interesting places to write. Wonder when can I catch my blog up-to-date. Obviously I play more than I write. :p

We went to Penang National Park again for some hiking last month.
This time, we want to explore another track, which is Muka Head. Again, remember to register your name at the entrance and sign off when you leave the park, for safety purpose. Entry to National Park is free.

Walk straight into the jungle and you will see the road splits into 2 ways. We took the one towards Muka Head.

The track started much easier compare with the trail of Pantai Kerachut. There are up and down along the way, but not so steep, pretty smooth for bad stamina people like me. The trail is cooling as there are wind from the sea constantly blowing in, while we walking on it which built with cement staircases, soil, rocks and fallen trees.

There are toilet break after 15mins walk.

The view along the way is really good as we could always see the coastline. It took us about 40mins to reach Teluk Aling where USM research center located and there are people picnic-ing and camping on the beach. We continue walking and reach Monkey Beach in another 50mins. Total up 1 hour and 30mins. We didn't proceed further to Muka Head as V sprained her leg... pain...
Clean and clear water at Monkey Beach

There is a hut at Monkey Beach which provides food & beverage but upon pre-order only. So we can only watch people eating...

Buggy car to be fun drive on the beach and food ordering pls call..

Don't want to stay in the hut at Monkey Beach despite it was really hot outside at 3pm. We walk further and found a stream that flow through the woods into the sea. The sceneric that we see in postcard, seriously. :D

V watching fish and she just so love to get her feet wet..
And that's me :p still with shoes on the beach...

We again, took the boat ride back to the National Park entrance at RM10 per person. I'm not sure we were lucky or what, we always manage to share boat with others when we were there. No need to book any boat in advance.

But anyway, below are the boat rates detail.
National Park Entrance - Monkey Beach: RM40 one way/boat
National Park Entrance - Pantai Kerachut: RM80 one way/boat.
No cheaper for return. Not sure 8 or 10 person per boat.

So I think it really worth it if have more people travel together although I still enjoy trekking to the beach.

The boat services booth are located at the park entrance.
Manage to get their name card. You can get it from their booth and call them in case you need a ride back.

Penang National Park

GPS Location:
N 5 27.561 E 100 12.396

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