DIRECTIONS TO CAT BEACH
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DIRECTIONS TO CAT BEACH SANCTUARY, TELUK BAHANG, PENANG, MALAYSIA
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Cat Beach is literally on the beach in the small fishing village of Teluk Bahang, located in the northwest corner of the island of Penang. Cat Beach is located about the midpoint of the Teluk Bahang beach, about 10 minutes walk from the National Park.
Let us know how you plan to travel — bus, train, plane, motorcycle, by foot, etc. and we may be able to can give more details..
The exact address is:
778 Jalan Teluk Awak (also known as Jalan Teluk Bahang), MK2
Teluk Bahang, 11050 Pulau Pinang (Penang island), Malaysia
BY AIR If you are arriving by air at Penang International, the 102 bus will take you to Teluk Bahang in a little more than an hour for RM 4. Alternatively, you can come by taxi for about RM 60.
FERRY FROM BUTTERWORTH TO GEORGE TOWN Most long distance buses, minivans and the train come to Butterworth — you can also get a bus to George Town or to the Sungai Nibong bus terminal in the southeast of the island.
In Butterworth which is on the Malaysia mainland, both the local bus and the train station are walking distance to the commuter ferry (1 rm 20 sen – very cheap). It’s about 15 minutes ride across the channel to the island of Penang, arriving at the Jetty in George Town – a really gorgeous introduction to Penang.
BUS From the Ferry Jetty, the bus station is right in front. Buses run from the Jetty starting on an east-west route along Lebuh Chulia to KOMTAR bus station (a landmark 10-sided building in the center of George Town). Minivans and buses may also take you to the southern bus station at Sungai Nibong and you may have to transfer to get to KOMTAR — the main bus terminal is under KOMTAR and a shopping mall in George Town.
Take a local “Rapid Penang” bus — numbers 101 or 102 (RM 2.70 to RM 4)– they will be marked as heading to Teluk Bahang Tk Bahang, or Telok Bahang). It will take 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour or so depending on traffic to cross George Town, heading west towards the first suburb – Tanjung Bungah. The whole trip from George Town to Teluk Bahang usually will take about an hour.
TAXI Taxis from the airport or George Town will vary in cost — estimate RM 60 to RM 80. Penang also has Grab and Uber and you can download the apps to contact those services which are less expensive.
THE TRIP WEST From George Town, follow signs for Tanjung Bungah to head northwest on the coastal road. You will pass through the neighborhoods of Tanjung Tokong and then Tanjung Bungah. Running parallel to the seacoast, the road becomes very twisty before your reach the tourist resort town of Batu Ferringhi after Tanjung Bungah. Lots of good restaurants and water sports there and a fun night market with souvenirs galore. About 10 minutes later, you will reach Teluk Bahang.
ARRIVAL IN TELUK BAHANG
By car, drive through Batu Ferringhi to the Roundabout in the Teluk Bahang (has a large sculpture of a pitcher plant called a “Monkey Cup.”) Turn RIGHT (go around to the left and then exit at 3 o’clock to the right).
By bus, you can get off at the first bus stop — the bus terminal — or ask the driver to let you off at the Roundabout. From the first bus stop, walk to the Roundabout (about 1 minute), passing Caltex petrol station, Ali’s Guesthouse (cheap dorm if you need more privacy than you get at Cat Beach), and Khaleel 24-hour Indian / Malay restaurant (yum!).
From the Teluk Bahang Roundabout, turn RIGHT (3 oclock) and head towards the sea. The “End of the World” restaurant will be on your left.
Go 2 blocks to the Police Station (if you are on foot, you can go straight and walk along the beach). — Turn LEFT and continue another 2 blocks to our driveway.
You will pass “Fishing Village Seafood” (top rated!) and then “TB Seaside Cafe.” The first driveway after TB Cafe on your right leads to Cat Beach.
The Cat Beach driveway is located between a white concrete building and a red metal warehouse.
Come in to the parking lot and say hello to the many cats! (Please be careful that they do not get hit by a vehicle). Park if you are in a car or motorcycle and continue to walk towards the beach.
The brown wooden house right by the sea is the main house of the cat sanctuary.
MORE BUS STOPS IN TELUK BAHANG If you miss the first bus stop, do not worry. Often but not always, the bus will turn left at the Roundabout and go to the Escape adventure park, then turns around and returns to the Roundabout.
You can also get off at the very last bus stop on the bus line at Taman Negara, the Penang National Park. To walk back to Cat Beach, head east (towards George Town) along the road paralleling the beach. You will cross a bridge (cars cannot cross and must go back to the Roundabout). Pass a Hokkien Chinese shrine on the sea side, and continue until you come to a group of cafes around a parking area.
On your left will be a red building with a cafe and a warehouse, followed by our driveway which is between the red warehouse and a white concrete building.
Across from the driveway entry to Cat Beach is a parking area for the cafes (good food, drinks, local coffee!), a large corner dump (with cats roaming it), and an ice factory.
For further directions or information, you can ask pretty much anyone in Teluk Bahang for “Mr Nana’s place” or recently “Cat Beach” (we are just starting to get known in town).
Or you can telephone (or borrow a mobile from a taxi driver or other bus rider if need be): Malaysia Country Code = 6
Cat Beach Landline: 04 88 11 015.
Cat Beach Mobiles: 017 575 3419 / 0112 644 7856
Note that services, batteries, chargers, etc. somehow seem to go down here more often than elsewhere so you may not get through — but come any way!
NOTE TO OVERNITE VOLUNTEERS We ask that you please try to arrive at Cat Beach before sunset — it is difficult to work out accommodations and can be a bit spooky at night. If you are going to be late, please call to make arrangements.
Best times to arrive: 10:30 am to 6 pm.
Or stay at a homestay or hotel and come over in the morning. Many volunteers enjoy spending a few nights in George Town to rest after their travels and see some of the many attractions in the UNESCO Heritage section (you can take a free ride around the Heritage area on the CAT bus!).
Please confirm your approximate arrival time by email and how long you think you will stay.
And please do let us know if your plans change, especially if you are not able to come after confirming — we count on visitors and volunteers to help the cats!
Thank you for your interest in visiting Cat Beach.Till then, enjoy!
All the best,
Teviot & Cat Beach Cats