Also known as Taman Negeri Bukit Panchor, this forest is located within a designated state park. Initially established in 1963, it provides for outdoor recreational activities as well as to promote public’s appreciation for forests and ecotourism.
What to Expect?
Bukit Panchor is a well developed State Recreational Park, located in Penang mainland, that is brimming with wildlife, rapid flowing rivers and lush jungle vegetation, which is all together a great nature adventure escapade destination. Do not miss the unique nocturnal boat cruise to the mangrove estuaries, where during the night the mangrove trees are all lighted with the millions of fireflies. These fireflies congregate on one specific tree only that is the Berembang tree along the river shore, and flash their anal lights in-order to attract the opposite sex for mating.
Opt also for camping out at its 8 hectare camping ground which comes with all the basic amenities and even a canteen if you have not brought camping meals. There are several recreational activities such as white water rafting, tubing and mangrove board walking that you can explore and get involved in.
Visitors can find ample space to camp at its designated 8 hectares camping ground that comes complete with basic amenities such as restrooms, barbeque pits even water and electricity supply. There is also a canteen for the convenience of visitors to obtain food and beverages. Being less prominent compared to the recreational forest of Bukit Mertajam means less crowd, more privacy and better enjoyment of the quiet, peaceful surrounding. Located within the forest are several caves opened to visitors, among more famous ones being Kelawar Cave and Tongkat Cave.
With the guide of a forest range, visitors can take a 90-minute hike to the caves and be enthralled by a menagerie of fauna along the way. Visitors can also visit Taman Wetlands, a mangrove forest. A guided tour of the mangrove forest is provided to impart knowledge on the ecology, importance and the variety of flora and fauna of the forest. Picnics can be set up along cooling streams that are perfect for dips.
Bukit Panchor Recreational Forest is one of the few places of interest that brings visitors closer to nature with the highly developed state of Penang.
The Park's Wetland expanse leads into the mangrove habitat where a boardwalk is provided for a guided tour. Guides here will impart knowledge on the ecology of the mangroves importance and uniqueness of the mangrove vegetation. Picnic can be held at the cool streams at the mangrove site where even you can go for a cool dip.
Bukit Panchor Forest Reserve, is an excellent birding site for bird lovers. Once the magnificient Argus Pheasant was found in abundance here. The Park was protected since 1963 as a Recreational Forest so that the general public has a recreational area while at the same time, learn to appreciate the forest better.
Bukit Panchor State Park, is a tract of protected forest in Nibong Tebal, Penang. It covers an area of 445 hectares and reaches a height of 416 meters. This is an excellent site for camping activities as there are many amenities fixed for campers such as restrooms, barbeque pits and even water and electricity supplies to the camp site. It is a great site for school groups going on an nature educational tours.
Located within the Park are several caves opened to visitors. Among the famous ones are the Kelawar or Bat Cave and the Tongkat Cave. There are good tour guides who will take you on a 90minute caving adventure. Be entralled by the abundance of fauna and flora along the way to the caves.