6 Reasons Why Batu Ferringhi is the Preferred Location in Penang
Penang, the Pearl of the Orient is a must visit place in Malaysia especially Batu Ferringhi. There is no better place other than this stunning strip of earth. This is why we list the six things you have to consider when planning your trip, and why Batu Ferringhi is the place you need to be.
1. Unbeatable Location
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Location is always the prior upon any decision when planning for a vacation, Batu Ferringhi has everything that you want and need location-wise. In close proximity of 12km (25 minutes) to popular tourist spots and local food in George Town area, full access to the historical landmarks and also to the city of Penang. In the area of Batu Ferringhi, discover the one kilometre long local night bazaar where you can get all those little souvenirs or clothes you desire. What makes it even better here is the people are super friendly, everything you need for a great memorable holiday is within arm’s reach of this idyllic spot. The island is filled with many must-go-to local places from cafes, famous hawker food, attractions to speakeasy bars.
2. Best Beaches
The beautiful beaches are what draw most visitors to Batu Ferringhi. The soft sand and the sea draws the line to create amazing scenario on this stretch of paradise. There are loads of water sports and fun beach to take part in up and down from the stretch, like kayaking, jet-skiing or banana boating or you can just simply take a blanket and soak up the sun and scenery right on the shore. Wait for the sunset and take a long evening stroll and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the beach.
Other beaches to explore include the Monkey Beach and Pantai Kerachut. Take a boat from or hike through Penang National Park and enjoy the fresh air and greeneries.
The route takes you along the coastline to Monkey Beach or you can head over to Kerachut Beach where you will find a rare lake where sea and fresh water do not mix and the Penang Turtle Sanctuary that sit close to the lake.
3. Covered in Culture
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Noteworthy that Penang is a city with unique architectural and cultural townscape as it earned the UNESCO heritage city status.
Penang Floating Mosque is a unique place to visit as the floating mosque combines local and Middle Eastern elements within its architecture, making it an awe-inspiring sight. It is also Malaysia’s first floating mosque, so its novelty is always guaranteed.
Kek Lok Si temple is a place that tourist would not want to missed, is one of the finest and largest temple complexes within the region. Adorned with many sculptures and carvings, and even more images of Buddha, the temple is an essential aspect of Buddhism and Chinese cultural rituals in Penang.
Get your feet moving and visit the waterfall hilltop temple-Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple is one of the island’s oldest Hindu temples. You will need to take 500 steps to make it to the top and you’ll be rewarded by a spectacular 180-degree view of the area near Gurney and Mount Erskine.
4. Stunning Nature
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The beauty of nature surrounding Batu Ferringhi is not to be missed. Stay inspired in your nature learning experience with Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm, the largest butterfly and dragonfly garden in Malaysia with more 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any one time. The living garden features more than 200 species of plants with waterfalls, ponds, caves and other artistic garden features.
An adventurous experience to Penang National Park is another way to get nearer with our lovely nature. Undisturbed, unspoilt and tranquillity is what best to describe it. The park with its rainforest and beaches is a great place to go jungle trekking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird spotting, or just relax on one of its beautiful beaches.
Tropical Spice Garden is a perfect place for nature lovers as it offers fun, wholesome family adventures in an award winning tropical garden setting. Visitors get to enjoy tropical garden tours and be enthralled by more than 500 tropical plant varieties from the world over or simply participate in the cooking workshop. Under the guidance of experienced and professional chefs – each specialising in Nyonya, Malay and Indian cuisines – you can learn to cook local favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Assam Laksa, Chicken Tandoori and even concoct refreshing spice inspired beverages.
5. Fantastic Food
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Penang is crowned as a food capital or a food haven is more than apparent along Batu Ferringhi, where you can seek of mouth-watering cuisine offerings, from an informal food court, to some fancy cafe. You will be spoilt with choices of places to dine from exciting and delicious local dishes at the Long Beach Food Court to fine-dining experiences at Ferringhi Garden.
Batu Ferringhi offers varieties of seafood as it strategic location provides the best prices of fresh seafood to satisfy your taste buds. Places like Golden River Seafood, Beach Corner Seafood and Fishing Village seafood restaurant that offers one of the best seafood in Batu Ferringhi.
Besides the fresh seafood, there is a Lebanon restaurant, a place where they provide good quality of Arabic cuisine. The quality of the tender meat and the ambience will be the reason that you will come back to taste it again.
One of the best places that serve authentic Thai cuisine in Penang is the Tree Monkey at Tropical Spice Garden. The restaurant offers guests a unique jungle dining experience that overlooks the panoramic views of the Andaman Sea.
6. Endless Activities
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You will find it really difficult to run out of things to see and do at Batu Ferringhi.
ESCAPE is a theme park for people who love adventurous experiences as it provide both land and water activities in their designated park area. ESCAPE demonstrates there’s no age limit to have fun as the rides and games are designed for a wide range of age groups, abilities, and energy levels.
There are no boundaries and there are so many opportunities for fun. If you are looking for an all-inclusive trip or just a place to stay that’s right in the middle of all there is to see in Batu Ferringhi then Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a wise choice. Overlooking the beautiful beach, you can enjoy the authentic Hard Rock experience which brings multicultural Penang to a new heights. Close to all the best attractions of Batu Ferringhi but also offering an awesome experience in itself, there’s an endless list of fun to be had staying at Hard Rock Hotel Penang.
Hard Rock Hotel Penang is now offering a special room package for the family inclusive of breakfast, entrance tickets to Entopia by Butterfly Farm and ESCAPE Adventureplay & Waterplay for 2 adults and 2 children below 12 years old. Room rate starts from RM1,390++ per room per night for a Seaview Deluxe.