Hiking in Teluk Bahang
There are some excellent trails to explore in Teluk Bahang, the small national park of Penang. The park is located in the far north west of Penang island and it's certainly worth a visit. The jungle of the park is different from the Bontanical Gardens and Air Itam area because it has a lot of influence of the sea winds. Therefore the jungle is wetter which also increases the chance of finding leeches on your trail. However, if you really want to "sweat out", this is your area.
All trails I have explored start at the entry of the park where you have to register (no costs). For those who are interested in spending a night in Teluk Bahang, there are basic toilets at Pantai Kerachut.
Trail 1: the trail to Pantai Kerachut
The 3 km trail starts at the entry point of the national park. Follow the main trail for about 10 minutes until you reach a bridge. Just after the bridge there is a T-junction. There are markers. Go left and look for steps which go steeply up. Follow this trail for about 70 minutes. You will pass several junctions but you have to skip these.
After about 70 minutes, you will see the Meromictic Lake on your left and the bridge ahead. Cross the bridge to reach the camping ground and the turtle hachery.
You can do a complete walk around the lake which takes about 30-40 minutes and will show you some beautiful views of the lake, flora and fauna.
Trail 2: the trail to Monkey Beach and Muka Head.
This is an easy and popular trail especially during thew weekends. If you are interested to visit Muka Head (lighthouse) you have to make an appointment otherwise it will be closed.
The trail starts at the entry of the park. Walk to the bridge as mentioned above but go right and follow the trail along the Andaman Seas. It's a flat trail which is easy to follow.
You can have a rest at teluk Teluk Aling and have a swim. The trail continues to Teluk Duyung (Moneky Beach). At the end of the beach there is a trail that leads up to the lighthouse. Some parts are cemented and stones while other parts of the trail are forest trails. There are no junctions so there's little chance to get lost.
The last part of the trail is partly steps before you will have a view at the lighthouse.
The whole trail takes about asn hour and a half. It's likely on the way you will see Longtail Macaques and monitor lizards. Don't feed the animals.
Unfortunately I do not have information of a possible hike from the Muka head lighthouse to Pantai Kerachut
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Special Hiking Tours in Penang
Join us on our special hiking tours in Penang. We will bring you around in the jungle of the Botanical Gardens. Our tours include:
Air Itam Dam to Balik Pulau
This is an interesting option. The trail can easily be cycled and hiked. You'll pass beautiful tropical rainforest and cultivated areas with fruit farms, a wonderful day out in the heart of Penang with an option to visit the Ngoh Han Temple with spectacular views to Balik Pulau.
Cycling around the island
Get a bike for a pleasant full day bike ride around the island with visits to Batu ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, Balik Pulau, Pulau Betong and back via Air Itam.
Hiking to Ngoh Han Hill and Ngoh Han Hill Temple
This 3-4 hours hike is a great alternative if you don't want to do the Tiger Hill hike but still want your adventure in the hills of Penang and find some awesome jungle waterfalls.
A full day trekking through the rain forest south of Batu Ferringhi. This is a trail for the more seasoned hikers with great rewards in terms of views and animal life to be found.
The Batu Ferringhi Loop
Batu Ferringhi is more than beaches and 4/5 star hotels. One of it's lesser known attractions is the Chin Farm Waterfall and the secondary rainforest further in the hills. Here's a description of a beautiful trek in that rainforest: