MAKE A DATE WITH NATURE - Tourism Turns Green with age

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Developing Penang as a preferred destination for travellers requires a balance not only between the old and the new, but between built space and natural environs.

Lined by pristine sandy beaches and covered by flourishing forests overflowing with animals and plants, Penang National Park humbly occupies the north-western tip of Penang Island.

It is Malaysia’s smallest national park (and among the smallest in the world) and contains the country’s only meromictic lake (one of a handful in Asia). In this majestic woodland, two trails intertwine: one heading towards the historic Muka Head Lighthouse and the other towards the long-stretching Teluk Kampi. The latter passes Pantai Kerachut – a favourite among visiting locals – and houses the Penang Turtle Sanctuary, an establishment set up to aid the preservation of a variety of turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in the area almost all year round.


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