Teluk Bahang is a friendly
fishing village in the north western tip of the island Penang. The name Teluk Bahang means the "Bay of Heat
Wave", probably pointing to the high temperature of the sea breeze
coming in to shore. It's only 5 kilometres distance from the touristy
place of Batu Ferringhi. Teluk Bahang used to be famous for his fish
restaurant "The end of the World", but that restaurant was destroyed by
the tsunami. Now there's another restaurant in Teluk Bahang by that
name, but it has its style. Another good fish restaurant is the Fishing
sea off Teluk Bahang is not suitable for swimming, due to
presence of jellyfish on account of the sewage discharged by the
establishments and habitations along the coast.
The five star resort Mutiara is
under renovation until 2007. Opposite the Mutiara is the Pinang
Cultural Centre. This centre operates
on the format of guided tours. Each tour lasts for two hours and
30 minutes and begins at three pre-scheduled times daily. The
6pm-10pm evening tour is packaged with a sumptuous dinner based
on native cuisines. Tour participants will get to see the gamut
of cultural and ethnic showpieces including a demonstration of a
traditional welcoming ceremony, native games, Malay martial
arts, handicrafts, a longhouse and dance performances.
Teluk Bahang is the
entrance for the Penang National Park. Previously it was known
as the Pantai Aceh Forest Reserve.
First you have to register and then you can go into jungle to
visit beautiful beaches, like Monkey Beach or Pantai Kerachut.
The park is unique as it contains several different types of
including a meromictic lake (a lake in which some water remains
partly or wholly unmixed with the main water mass at circulation
periods), wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and turtle
dusky leaf monkeys and the long tailed macaque can also
be seen. Birds are aplenty, noticeable big birds like the White
Bellied Sea Eagles and the Brahminy Kites and kingfisher
occasionally can be see here.
Mammals such as wild boars, wild cats, civet cats, sea otters,
mousedeer, rats, bats and squirrels and crabs, fishes and large prawns,
monitor lizards and snakes are common here.
The entrance to the National Park
is free of charge. You just have to register at the Registration
office near the fishing boats. They want to know who comes in
Teluk Bahang has
a "Wet Market" (photo at the right). A wet market is a market,
which doesn't only sell fruits and vegetables, but also fish and
meat. In this town the vendors at the market sell a lot of fish.
You'll understand that it's a very busy market during the
The market is called officially: Pasar Teluk Bahang. The market
is situated on the left side of the road, when you're going to
the Registration Office of the Penang National Park or the pier
with the fishing boats.
The Penang Butterfly Farm
is more than just a tourist attraction. It is set up as a 'live
museum' to educate the public as well as a research centre to
develop breeding methods. Butterflies are beautiful creatures of the
The visitor to the Penang Butterfly Farm, finding himself
surrounded by a myriad of fluttering butterflies within a
seemingly natural setting, is likely to think himself in a sort
of enchanted wilderness, bejewelled with the colourful gems of
Today, the Penang Butterfly Farm is the first tropical butterfly
farm ever set up in the tropical world, with an average flying
population of 4000 Malaysian butterflies of 120 different
species, including the rare Indian Leafl (Kallima paralekta) and
the endangered Yellow Bird wing (Troides helena).
Another attraction in Teluk
Bahang is the Forestry Museum.
Visitors of the park can spend the day exploring, on the many
footpaths, as the park is home to cool refreshing streams and
numerous species of flora and fauna.
This 247-acre recreational park in Teluk Bahang houses
several fresh water pools, rest huts and offers a range of outdoor activities.
children's playground, jungle trails, and Forestry Museum are
all fun activities.
The museum highlights an array of usages for
The park is also home to countless species of flowering plants,
ferns, insects, birds, butterflies, snakes and lizards