Pearl of the Orient
Not surprisingly, Penang’s beaches and warm weather are a major attraction for visitors. The most beautiful beaches in Penang are located in the north of the island. Most activities are centered on the popular coastal resort of Batu Ferringhi, where many of the popular beach resorts are located. Activities on offer include waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing and even water scooters. This popular stretch of beach is always a hive of activity with nightspots and restaurants which come to life in the evening. Further down the coast lies the picturesque Teluk Bahang Beach, home to a fishing village and kampungs. If you’re after more privacy, then head for the secluded beaches of Teluk Duyung, Monkey Beach, Pantai Kerachut and Pantai Mas. These peaceful havens are accessible via the trails in the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve from Teluk Bahang and offer the ultimate Penang beach hideaway. If it’s swimming you’re after rather than sunbathing, please note that the sea in Penang is not always safe for swimming so check before booking.