|Getting the evil eye from a tortoise at Penang National Park|
Mark: What?! What is it?!
Reese: Oh sorry, it's nothing. (sighs in relief) Just some sculpture.
Mark: A sculpture? In the jungle?
Reese: Ahhh! It moved!
Mark (running up to see): Wow! That's one, mean looking tortoise
|The slowest hiker I've ever seen (wait, wasn't that what the hare said?)|
After buying two bottles of water, we signed in at the park entrance and headed off. Ten minutes down a paved path, you have the option of going right to the canopy walk, monkey beach, and the historic Muka Head lighthouse, or left, as we did, to Pantai Kerachut (Beach), a rare meromictic lake, and the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre.
The trail is an old timber hauling track where locals would use water buffaloes to drag the logs down the hill. Now the track is a mix of concrete stairs and dirt paths (unless you have knee high boots and are highly motivated, I wouldn't recommend going if it is raining hard or you think it might). The well marked trail takes about 1.5 hours through spectacular rainforest. It's well worth the hike, but if you want to take a shortcut, you can always rent a boat to go straight to the beach.
|A Painted Bronzeback snake near the path|
|Behind the tree, you can see holes in the sand, dug out by sea turtles to lay their eggs|
You can find more information at the Penang National Park official site and in their pdf brochure.
For jungle trekking in Penang, you can head over to the recently launched PenangTrails.com website.