Travel to Penang for its beaches and you’ll be in for an adventure! The north shore is where you need to be. While the seaside hotels have access to some great stretches of sand, you’ll want to make your way to Penang National Park in the north for the best Penang beaches. Book your Penang Beach hotel from our list and get ready for a tropical getaway!
The island’s beaches favour leisure and sightseeing travellers, so if you can make do without any water sports or beach activities, Penang hits the spot with both its north coast towns and the more secluded shorelines of the northwest.
Batu Ferringi is a central township with a long, straight beach and a healthy choice of Penang hotels to suit all tastes and budget. It is also the best base from which to explore the area. Accommodation and beaches dot the coast to the eastern town of Tangong Bungah, a bigger urban zone that is almost a suburb of Georgetown – a good balancing point if you want quick access to a proper concrete jungle.
To the west is where you’ll strike Penang Beach gold, and getting there is half the fun! You barely have to leave civilisation to reach the Teluk Bahang and Teluk Tukun villages, both just a short trek along the trails after the jetty and restaurants. They are great for camping and picnics.
Further inland you’ll find a number of interesting spots, from Teluk Duyung with its 19th century lighthouse that offers panoramic views out over Muka Head to the northwest, and to the pristine waterfront of Teluk Ketapang, also known as Monkey Beach. You can either choose to hike through the national park or hire a boat to bypass the jungle straight for the sand.
If you’re still keen to find out for yourself where the best beach is, go deeper into the park and check out Teluk Kampi on the west coast. It isn’t the kind of paradise you’d usually see on postcards but the beauty is unique. The boulders dotting along its length, the calm sea and thick forest create a rare piece of scenery for a beach holiday.
When you hike to these remote beaches, park entry is free. The park’s 250 metre canopy walk incurs a charge but is highly recommended. It is closed during wet periods and you must pay at the park entrance, where registration is also required for safety – just remember to sign out when you leave!
So wot are you waiting for? Grab one of our Penang beach hotel deals, book a flight to Malaysia and have a beach holiday with a twist!