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On the north coast of Penang Island is a popular beach resort area where the sand is white and the beach is lined with palm trees. Ferringhi Beach literally translates to Foreigner’s Rock and is one of the most visited areas of the island, with hotels and resorts lined along or just off of Jalan Batu Ferringhi. It is a tranquil area of this otherwise busy island.
The beaches are the main attraction here and one can easily spend a few days soaking up the sun and enjoying water sports such as windsurfing and parasailing.
If you like the outdoors and eco-tourism visit:Tropical Spice Garden, Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang Botanical Garden or Taman Rimba Teluk Bahang – a forest with waterfalls, streams and hiking trails. The Penang National Park is also close to Ferringhi Beach and is a great place to go for a hike. Camping is also available for those that want to spend more time exploring the world’s smallest national park.
Arguably the most popular attraction in Ferringhi Beach is the Penang Butterfly Farm, which is home to more than 4,000 butterflies. Those who prefer to stay indoors can visit the Yahong Art Gallery or the Toy Museum. The best place to take the kids is Wet Wild World, where there are inflatable rafts to jump from and run across, as well as a vertical rock climbing raft.
There is a vast selection of places to eat and drink in Ferringhi Beach as well as plenty of food options. Seafood restaurants are lined along the beach, while food stalls can be found along Jalan Batu Ferringhi. Long Beach Food Court also sits along Jalan Batu Ferringhi and is the best place to taste local cuisine on the cheap. There are also a few chic restaurants in the area, most of which are located inside the high-end resorts and hotels. To drink with the locals it is best to visit the Batu Ferringhi Night Market. For a more comfortable drinking experience, there are some trendy bars and lounges in a few of the upscale hotels.
Penang is known for its batiks, with the Penang Batik Factory being the best place to shop for this local handicraft. For the best bargain shopping in the area, visit the Batu Ferringhi Night Market that sits along Jalan Batu Ferringhi between Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel.