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Batu Ferringhi in Georgetown Penang

Batu Ferringhi is a nice coastal area in Penang located approximately 10km from Gurney Drive. The area has some of the best 5-star resorts including Hard Rock Hotel & Shangrila's Golden Sands Resort.  The drive is quite enjoyable and takes you on along the coast. The area is undergoing change and you will find plenty of nice development, apartment complexes and holiday homes. Batu Ferringhi is quite populated and you will find plenty of hotels, restaurants and shopping areas. This place is popular for night markets over the weekend attracting large crowds from Georgetown. 

The entrance to Batu Ferringhi is lined with a shopping area and 1Km long  Bazaar called "PASAR MALAM" stretching from Rasa Sayang Resorts and Spa Park Royal Hotel. Ferringhi Night Bazar is located in the middle of the market near the popular restaurant "The Ship".


The area offers a wide range of accommodations ranging from budget hostels to 5-star resorts. The resorts are more towards the further end of Batu Ferringhi where the road starts heading into the forest and eastern end of the Island. The size and number of resorts and hotels suggest a number of people travelling to Penang for holidays. The beaches seem to have given way to urban development and you do not see as many palm trees as in the tourist magazines and pictures. The water has plenty of jellyfish at different times of the year and is more suited to motorboats, water scooters and similar water sports. The beaches are cleaner towards the Hard Rock Resort. It is still better to bathe and relax in the water facilities provided by the resorts rather than going into the ocean

Things to do in Batu Ferringhi 

Beaches & Water Sports

Most beaches along the Batu Ferringhi are popular for water sports including water scooters, banana boats, island hopping tours and swimming in general. Some popular resorts along the coast include Hard Rocks Resort, Bayview Resort, Hilton Resort and many other medium-range resorts.

Tropical Fruit Farms

Other interesting activities to indulge in include a visit to a tropical fruit farm for fruit tasting. A 25-acre fruit farm is located in Batu Ferringhi. A bus service will take you to and from the farm where you can taste more than 200 varieties of tropical fruit including Durian. Make sure you carry insect spray with you when visiting the farm. 

Butterfly Farms

A must-see attraction at Batu Ferringhi is the Butterfly Farm which is open around the year exhibiting more than 4000 species of butterflies including the popular Raja Brookes Bird variety. 

Where to Stay in Georgetown

The best places to stay in Batu Ferringhi include Shangrila's Rasa Sayang Resort, Hard Rock Resort, Shangrila's Golden Sands Resort and Park Royal Resort. 

Gurney Drive Georgetown

Gurney Drive - Georgetown

A great feature of living in Batu Ferringhi is the Gurney Drive shopping area is only 15 15-minute drive from this location. At Gurney Drive, you will find world-class cinemas, shopping and great cafes and restaurants. There is a nice club at Hotel G on Gurney Drive. Gurney Plaza is a world-class shopping centre with famous brands around the world. You can find plenty to eat in the food court as well as Paragon Shopping Mall right next to the Gurney Plaza.

The waterfront across the shopping area is quite popular with love birds as it offers a great view of the ocean and is ideal for a romantic walk in the evening. Make sure your car is parked in the allocated parking areas on the main road as traffic police are very strict with parking rules. Your car can easily get clamped if you are not careful costing around RM50 to remove the clamp. I was lucky to avoid my car getting towed around 10 pm on the roundabout in front of Gurney Plaza. However, being a tourist I was not exempted from the fine. 

According to my experience, some of the best places to stay in Georgetown is along Gurney Drive as all the important places are easily accessible. Make sure you explore G on Gurney and Gurney Beach Resort Condominium.

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I have been exploring South-East Asia for over twenty years and have visited some of the best destinations in the region. Through my blog, I want to share some interesting travel tips, my experience of driving across Asian destinations and some of the best places to explore in this region. I have undertaken hundreds of road trips, across Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Most of the information in this blog comes through my own road trips and adventures in the exotic locations I have visited. 

I have, in the past followed in Anthony Bourdain's footsteps and visited most of the restaurants his team explored in their shows. Join in on my adventures and follow my trails on Instagram & Facebook Page. 


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