Tanjung Bungah is another popular beach in Penang. The numerous
luxury resorts here offer a relaxing seaside getaway. The most
charming feature of Tanjung Bungah is its many secluded coves,
nestled within the shelter of overhanging cliffs and gigantic rocks.
At the northwestern end of the coastal road lies Teluk Bahang.
Its idyllic beach offers a solitary luxury hotel promising a tranquil
ambience for those who prefer privacy. Nearby is the Tropical Spice
Garden, a living collection of more than 500 varieties of flora from
Malaysia and around the world. The eight-acre valley is reputedly
the largest showcase of tropical herbs and spices in the region.
Further west from Teluk Bahang are several beaches which lie off
the beaten track. Situated in Penang’s National Park, these pristine
beaches make for excellent excursions to get a glimpse into the vast
variety of the island’s flora and fauna.
Monkey Beach, a secluded spot in the northwest of the island, is
ideal for quiet picnics under shady casuarinas. Adventure-lovers
can explore the jungle trail from Monkey Beach to the Muka Head
Lighthouse, perched atop a 785-feet-high cliff.