Penang National Park

The Penang National Park was gazetted on 10th of April 2003 and is the smallest national park in the world. It is a home to more than 1,000 species of flora and approximately 271 species of fauna. It previously called Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve.

With a size that spans as large as 2,522 hectares comprising of land and ocean, this park was established to protect and conserve the flora and fauna along with the archaeological, geological, historical, and ethnological interests in the compound.

The Penang National Park is also known as the ‘Bay of Glowing Amber’, thanks to its picturesque and amazing views during the sunset. One of its many attractions includes a rare seasonal meromictic pond that has permanent stratified seawater and fresh water layers. Aside from the ecotourism and recreational activities such as trekking, climbing, swimming and wildlife observation, the park is also a hub for education and research.

Image by Theo Crazzolara.

Opening Hours

Daily: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.




Penang National Park,
Jalan Hassan Abas,
11050 Teluk Bahang,

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Hear From Others

Undoubtedly, it is a place that I know I will return to soon, since there is the possibility of free and wild camping. My explorer soul asks me to spend at least one night there with the dreamy sunsets and the liberating murmur of the jungle.


In conclusion, the National Park has the best hiking trails on the island. It is appropriate for adventure seekers, backpackers, and even families. Hiking in Penang National Park is a very safe and easy way of enjoying a virgin tropical jungle.

Campbell and Alya

I was there at some time in the morning, and after the brief procedure at the gate, I started my way to the monkey beach, where I intended to pass my first night.


Nearby Attractions

Penang Butterfly Farm

Founded in 1986, the Penang Butterfly Farm’s main objective is to introduce and promote entomology to the public. It has evolved to be a tourist attraction and conservation centre for butterflies.

Penang Tropical Spice Garden

The Penang Tropical Spice Garden is Southeast Asia’s only tropical spice garden. This eight acre site is set within a secondary jungle.

Penang Tropical Fruit Farm

Nestled strategically on the hilly terrain in Teluk Bahang, the Penang Fruit Farm has three main objectives: to conserve, educate and promote to the people a positive approach towards eco/agro-tourism.