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Batu Ferringhi Beach Batu Ferringhi

Address: Jalan Feringghi, 11200 Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Entry Fee: FREE
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The name Batu Ferringhi itself attests historically to Penang\'s brushes with several different foreign powers, including the British, the Dutch and the Portuguese. Some locals believe that the word Ferringhi was derived from a foreign language (perhaps Portuguese) which refers to \'foreigners\'. Batu Ferringhi has long been known for its scenic seaside panorama. Like other seaside destinations such as Cherating, Batu Ferringhi has been frequented by tourists for decades. Over the years, factors such as the industrialisation of Penang island and the presence of the RAAF in Butterworth, further exposed Penang and particularly Batu Ferringhi to even more foreign visitors. But it wasn\'t until the late 1970\'s that one of the first international resorts and hotels were built.

Why People Should Visit:

Beside Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi is arguably the second most visited destination on Penang Island. Batu Ferringhi is the one place in Penang that has its generous share of foreign visitors. It's difficult to put a finger on what it is exactly that draws repeat visitors to Batu Ferringhi each year. The long stretch of beach is a combination of wide golden-sand beaches and picturesque deep blue-green coves hedged by large granite boulders that seem to have tumbled from the hilly interiors of the island, right into the sea.

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Compared to beaches on Malaysia's east coast islands like Lang Tengah, Batu Ferringhi beach may not be as gorgeous. But Batu Ferringhi has all the conveniences a visitor would want for an easy, hassle-free holiday. All along the Batu Ferringhi road, which runs parallel to the beach just a few metres away, you can find a great variety of shops including restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, mobile phone shops and souvenir shops. The combination of great location, ease of access, high number of accommodation choices and ample facilities and conveniences makes Batu Ferringhi a sure-fire choice for an easy holiday destination. One unique feature of Batu Ferringhi is the exciting sidewalk bazaar that takes place every day from around 6pm until past midnight. This night bazaar is a busy and enjoyable shopping experience for visitors, and plenty of haggling can be heard along the stretch of individual stalls. Traders and buyers negotiating in good humour for the best price for the variety of items on sale – from imitation designer t-shirts to silver jewellery, colourful plastic buoys to fragile exotic curios.

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Be sure to visit Batu Ferringhi beach in June so you won't miss out on all the fun during the week-long Penang Beach Carnival. This annual carnival held in Batu Ferringhi features food promotions, various seaside activities and cultural shows, fashion parades, parties and inter-hotel competitions. Just like in George Town, Batu Ferringhi is a great place to do some shopping, particularly at the sidewalk bazaar. Always remember to bargain for the best price! Visitors almost never pay the first price quoted by the vendor. The street vendors are usually good-natured when it comes to bargaining.

Address: Jalan Feringghi, 11200 Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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