Roughly an hour from George Town by bus, Penang National Park is a natural treasure in the northwest corner of the island of Penang. It was the first area legally declared a national park in Malaysia (in 2003) and today offers adventurous travelers an exciting jungle walk to a choice of beautiful beaches. Monkey Beach is the most popular, perhaps too popular. Kerachut (or Turtle) Beach is a peaceful alternative, which sometimes makes home to nesting sea turtles. No matter when you come, you'll likely see macaque monkeys swinging through the trees and can always visit the Sea Turtle Research Center at Turtle Beach.