Thursday, May 13, 2010

Penang Hill - Release 233

Penang Hill.

Malaysia’s first hill station, Penang Hill is 830 metres (270ft) above sea level. Visitors can ascend to the top by either hiking up or by travelling in the funicular train which has been operational since 1922.

Apart from the cool refreshing climate and the fantastic view at the summit, visitors can also view a beautiful flower garden, bird park and picturesque bungalows. There are bungalows for rent and a hotel for those who want to stay for more than a day. Refreshments and snacks are sold at a convenient tea kiosk located on top of the hill.

*Penang National Park. (4)

Located at the end of the famous Batu Feringghi Road and past the fishing village of Terluk Bahang at Penang’s northern tip, the park offers some excellent trails through the rainforest. To reach the park, visitors can opt for a 30-minute boat ride from Teluk Bahang village or a jungle trek for about 90 minutes from Teluk Bahang.

Attractions at the park include Teluk Duyung, a broad bay protected by the Cape of Muka Head and Pantai Keracut. It is a popular beach also known as Monkey Beach for the large numbers of monkeys found here. The is an old burial ground of Achehnese origin in the area.

Pantai Keracut is a white-sand beach popular as a picnic and camping site. It is also a site where the green turtles come to nest from April to August while the Olive Ridley turtles come in between September and February.

The area contains a meromictic lake about one square kilometer in size, where fresh water from the island’s streams meet sea water. During dry seasons and low tide, the lake is a mudflat and when the tide rises, sea water gradually fills the lake while fresh water remains on top of the denser sea water. Certain fish, birds and reptilia have adapted to living within this unusual environment. Opening hours: 8.30am -630pm.

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