Monkey Beach Baby!

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore
Can I help you?

Welcome to Monkey Beach – a pristine park of Penang’s northern National Park! And yes, there are actually monkeys here! For now.

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Cute guy munching on leaves

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

It starts off with a nice civilised pathway, but wait until you get slightly deeper.

The trail to Monkey Beach is about a 3km hike across semi-forested areas and short stretches of sandy beach.

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And there’s actually signage! Huzzah!

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Now before you head in, you’ll most likely be accosted by some of the salespeople at the entrance claiming there is a landslide blocking off the passageway to Monkey Beach after the USM campus. This is a bold-faced lie.

They will also insist you need a boat to access the beach, and will insist you pay a deposit to ensure you have a boat ready to take you wherever you need. You do not need a boat.

But it’s still nice to take a boat ride on the way back after you’re exhausted from all that hiking. However, you can easily get a return trip by boat from Monkey Beach itself, or wherever there is a jetty.

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Access to this National Park is also entirely free! That’s right – FREE!

All you need to do is list down your personal details in case you run away with the monkeys and they need some names to put in the news.

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Watch out for the little critters!

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Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore
A little disrepair

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Filthy flower flipping me the bird

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore
Things start to get a bit messy further in

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Fancy some jelly?

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A shy little guy

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Returning to nature

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Slightly cheekier type of primate lurking nearby

You’re bound to meet plenty of wildlife in here, as long as you keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you. Just make sure the wildlife doesn’t make off with your sunglasses.

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If you see this, you’re almost at Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore
So lazy they couldn’t even be bothered posing for a picture

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I wasp here too!

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You can even go for a swim in the relatively clean (but still murky) salt waters of Monkey Beach!

Just watch out for the watercraft and jetskis and banana boats.

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore
Horsey taking a bath

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My poor attempt at underwater photography

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

The best part is after you spend the better part of an hour trudging up to the beach, you can easily hail a speedboat back to the starting point. All for the cheap, cheap price of RM50 per boat!

I wouldn’t bother booking them beforehand, which the salespeople are wont to encourage you to do before you step foot into the park.

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore

Monkey Beach Penang National Park Explore
You leave now, yes?

 

Exploring Chiang Rai By Bike!

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The many faces of jackfruit

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I wonder what she’s thinking…

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So good people even take photos with your toilet signs

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Glimpse into another world between the fabric of time

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Press X to summon Ultima Weapon

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Crooowdsurfing!


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The golden gateway to an artist’s dream

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Maybe a tad overburdened there

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I wonder if they’ll notice…

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Eternally chasing the sun

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In English too!

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The green green grass of Chiang Rai

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The family tradition of coffee bean sorting

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It seems Chewie’s girlfriend likes to shop in Chiang Rai

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Selling under a steel sky

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The Most Peaceful Part of Penang

Camera roll!

Bikelah Pulau Aman

Welcome to the most peaceful place in Penang – Pulau Aman! A short boat ride away from Batu Kawan, with the entire island at your disposal to explore!

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From Where I Stand
From where I stand

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Spider Man Red

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Are you not entertained?

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Nice to see the main mode of transport here is cycling

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How the locals get their mail

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Tired momma and her kits

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Looks like somebody is hungry

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Feel it in the air

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Itsy bitsy spider