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.
Rich colonial history, exotic food and a fascinating blend of old and modern make Georgetown and Penang one of the most desirable places to visit in Malaysia. Once part of the British Colony, Georgetown is home to a number of buildings dating to the eighteenth century. These richly decorated buildings give an insight into the booming historic past of the region. Georgetown has attracted various communities through the centuries who have left a deep impact on the history, architecture and cuisine of Georgetown. Georgetown was declared a UNESCO heritage State in 2008.