Batu Ferringhi, another primary area of Penang other than Georgetown, is filled tons of attractions and activities. Brought to fame thanks to its strategic location, the beach, means a lot of activities are going to be adrenaline pumping and water involved. Truth be told, not every activity has got to be this tiring. That’s why in this post, we’re going to share with you the ultimate things to do in Batu Ferringhi and other attractions that are not all about beaches. So foodies, are you guys ready?
Things to do in Batu Ferringhi:
Batu Ferringhi Guide Part 1: Start Off with Something Light
Penang Batik Factory
Ever seen those vibrant fabrics printed with bold prints such as leaves and flowers that could be found in almost every corner of Penang? That’s batik, a traditional technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. Set in Teluk Bahang, Penang Batik Factory is one of the pioneers of batik manufacturing on the island offering a wide variety of quality batik, from block prints batiks to hand-drawn pieces. Take a tour here and see how batiks are made and tour around the art gallery. Interested in making one on your own? The factory also offers workshop so you can get hands-on experience as well as bringing home your personalised batik.
Address: 669m, Mk. 2, Teluk Bahang 11050 Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tropical Fruit Farm
Tropical Fruit Farm is a 25-acre organic orchard in Penang with more than 250 types of tropical and subtropical fruit trees. This garden aims to conserve rare and exotic fruit trees, which of course includes our icon, the durian tree. The road to here might be a little bumpy and long, but trust me you won’t regret it. The garden conducts daily guided two-hour tours, where you could learn more about the fruits and a chance to sample local produce. At weekends and on public holidays the orchard lays out a spread of light snacks, juices and a barbecue for visitors. So guys, is this worth adding into your things to do in Batu Ferringhi list?
Address: Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11000 Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Daily)
Batu Ferringhi Night Market
This might be the only night market that offers more goods than food, but hey it’s the best place to spend your night in Batu Ferringhi if you’re tired of staying in the hotel. Local traders will not offer you the best price and sometimes might be a little cut-throat, you have to be good at bargaining. Nevertheless, this is a really good place to polish bargaining skills so that’s why it is one of the must things to do in Batu Ferringhi (xD).
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu, Taman Pantai Batu, 11200 Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
See also: 7 Best Night Market in Penang
Batu Ferringhi Gude Part 2: Time to Sweat Out and Have Some Fun
Penang National Park
Being the world’s smallest national park, it is a pleasant enough place with a waterfall and a pool for a pleasant swim. There are a lot of activities that could be done such as jungle walks, canopy walk, fishing and sunbathing on quiet, golden-sand beaches. Bear in mind that this place is like a maze, with each path bringing you to different beautiful destinations such as the Monkey Beach, Pantai Kerachut, Muka Head and more. So be sure to check out for the map to avoid getting lost.
Address: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050 Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Daily)
Beach Activities: Water Sports
Penang Water Sport Recreation Centre (Pusat Kegiatan Sukan Air (PKSA)) is the place for those who wants to go for kayaking. Located just beyond the Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque, kayaks can be rented by groups of up to ten people on walk-in and must be booked beforehand by groups of ten or more. With the price of just RM 15 per person per hour, this is definitely a steal!
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: (Mon-Fri) 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
(Sat&Sun) 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
For other more touristy water sports such as banana boat and speedboat ride, jet skis and parasailing, just walk along the beach of Tanjong Bungah and Batu Ferringhi. It is easy to recognize a small shack advertising all these activities.To be honest, these activities are quite pricey but can’t be had anywhere else and they’re still far below the average prices for beach water sports around the world. Most importantly is to have fun isn’t it?
Beach Activities: On the Sandy Beach
Yaasss we just have to include this because where else can you get a horse ride in Penang? Not to even mention it’s on a beach. Get a horse ride at the Batu Ferringhi Beach, if you don’t know where, just head over to Starbucks Batu Ferringhi, get in there and you’ll find yourself at the beach. What’s more? They even have camel and donkey ride !!
Batu Ferringhi Guide Part 3: Unwind and Chill
Penang Sky Tour
Okay, this is very exciting, a new addition to the attractions in Penang, something super special! Helicopter tour around Penang? Impossible and sounds crazy right? We’re glad to announce that this is not a dream now thanks to Penang Sky Tour. Located just beside Bayview Beach Hotel on an empty ground, you can now have a bird’s eye view of Penang on a helicopter ride. The view up there is so spectacular, overlooking Penang Bridge, Komtar Tower, Kek Lok Si Temple and more depending on the route you choose. Get a ride before sunset for the best view, we tried it out and the experience left us speechless, it’s like once in a lifetime opportunity.
Address: 365, Seksyen 1, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. (Daily)
Another “beach” in Batu Ferringhi, it’s a hidden gem. Unlike other beaches where the sands are fine and soft to the feet, Moonlight Bay is covered with pebbles, a bit spiky to the feet, but still bearable. Away from the crowd, this place is quiet, clean and relaxing. The water is definitely a lot clearer and blue compared to the Batu Ferringhi Beach. This place is perfect for couples and as a picnic spot.
Address: Jalan Moonlight Bay, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang.
Batu Ferringhi Guide Part 4: The Last Resort
This is the very last part of our guide, after having so much fun, it’s time to settle down and have a good rest. Here, we’ll recommend you five best hotels with different pricing.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Set on Batu Feringgi Beach on 12 hectares of tropical gardens, this upscale beach resort is one of the most expensive hotels you can find in the island. Sophisticated rooms feature balconies with water, pool or garden views, while posh suites add living rooms and dining areas; some offer marble bathrooms. This hotel is the exact definition of luxury, a place for Gred A service and comfort.
Address: Batu Feringgi Main Road, Jalan Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang.
Lone Pine Hotel
One of our favourite hotels in Batu Ferringhi, Lone Pine is Batu Ferringhi’s only luxury boutique hotel in Penang. Renewed and rejuvenated after a lovingly undertaken restoration, Penang’s favorite beach side boutique resort reopened its doors refreshed in design and facilities, but still infused with the same colonial spirit and idyllic charm with a touch of English style and surrounded by garden and beach. Lone Pine offers something for everyone, from cozy rooms to spacious suites opening out onto seafront terraces, balconies or private courtyards.
Address: 97 Batu Ferringghi, Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Located in Eden Parade, the building might look old, creepy and unappealing. Believe us, don’t be fooled by its exterior. Roomies Suites is a contemporary boutique hotel with style and comfort at a great value. Complimentary breakfast and super fast wifi is available for each room, plus the beach is only within walking distance.
Address: 76C -4 Jalan Batu Feringghi, 11100 Batu Feringghi, Penang.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang
Set in the dynamic northern beach area of Penang away from the center of Batu Ferringhi, DoubleTree is a new hotel that takes up the previous Hydro Hotel. The four-star hotel offers 316 rooms and suites, many features feature a private furnished balcony and partial or full sea views. The hotel is not built on the beach, but don’t worry, there’s a bridge that’s linked to the bridge.
Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat Batu Ferringhi, Penang,11100, Malaysia.
Lost Paradise Resort
For those who wish to fully experience an island life, Lost Paradise Resort is the place to stay. A hidden gem, shrouded and nestled in the verdant green filled with exotic local botany. Interiors are inspired from all around the globe, with heavy arts of India. Here, you can enjoy peace and serenity, as it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle.
Address: 262, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang.
Feeling A Bit Wiser Now?
There are so many more things that you could do and enjoy in Batu Ferringhi, not just beaches and hotels. Of course, the beach does play an important role and it’s fun. Now that you foodies know so much more about Batu Ferringhi, get yourself here to experience yourself the excitement we’re sharing with you. Don’t forget to add all these attractions and activities into your things to do in Batu Ferringhi list.