Monkey Beach, Teluk Bahang

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Hike or sail to the isolated Monkey Beach to take advantage of its pristine white sands. The beach is named after the crab-eating macaque monkeys that share this area with green turtles, monitor lizards, and flying squirrels. Swim in the calm waters of the bay, relax on the soft sand, and have a picnic under the palm trees. Attracting few visitors, the remote bay is rarely crowded and doesn't feature food stalls and restaurants. Bring your own food and lots of drinking water, especially if you're planning to hike to and from the beach. Work out when and for how long to visit Monkey Beach and other Teluk Bahang attractions using our handy Teluk Bahang trip itinerary tool .
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  • Changing read reviews so anyway but visited: much indeed! An impression of Monkey Beach: no monkeys seen (there are enough, but seems to be a disaster for local eateries: monkeys come in groups and destroying or taking items, bags and food), engine noise of jet skis on water hope beyond cracks, many tourists, group of tourists with BBQ getaway, smell of petrol and dirty beaches with waste. Though those few drinking and food stalls on Beach (see picture 2) not to say a quiet Paradise Beach so ... Advice: go to the much smaller and quiet Turtle beach (we were there the only ones! see picture 1) Canopy trailer walk was completed (all 3 years because of lack of money not yet refurbished after several storm damage; now no longer safe), so we had our Hiking plan changed. For hikers: If you want to only a part of the day hiking (max 3-4 hours): we have done the following: with bus 101 from George Town left to 8:30 (only 3.80 MYR!), Teluk Bahang upon arrival (entrance National Park) local market, guide to eat immediately hired opposite entrance for 1.5-2 hour trail to Turtle Beach, with motor boat back in 30 minutes via Monkey Beach (100 MYR MYR 180, guide boat back, but total "only" 250 MYR). Guide was not really necessary, it concerns a clear trail. He tells what about trees and shows you what to smell leaves (e.g. cinnamon, mint, etc) and few birds. Next time, however, without a guide, given limited added value for this amount).
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  • We only walked a wee way as were told there had been a slip on the path, however we did notice some people were walking over it. The beach itself as others have said is very populated with all the rub...  more »
  • Hard to reach, this secluded beach is not crowded, or too touristy. A very nice place to spend your day, but beware of the monkeys! Take the 101 or 102 bus to the end of the line, and then a 15 minute...  more »

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