Batu Ferringhi is a beach town in Penang, Malaysia. It takes up the northern coast of Penang island along with the nearby beach town of Tanjung Bungah and the local fishing village of Teluk Bahang, which are also covered on this page.
Probably the single most heavily developed stretch of tourist resorts in the entire country, the scenery and the beaches have undeniably suffered under the assault of all that concrete. Still, while the beaches aren’t the best in Malaysia, there are still miles of white sand and palm trees left. Fierce competition keeps hotel prices low and there’s some great food to be found too. Also a notable fact making the decision to visit Batu Ferringhi an easier one is, that the more you approach to the west, the less the touristisation has infected the beaches. Beaches near the famous night-market are very nice, though with less than perfect water quality because of the extensive powered water sports and infestations of jellyfish.
From east to west (that is, moving further ‘out’ from George Town and the airport), the main beaches are Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi proper and Teluk Bahang.
From Kuala Lumpur, a 45 minute flight to Penang Airport, or several hours by bus or car.
On Penang Island (and neighbouring Butterworth), Penang’s Rapid Transit bus system is very efficient, with a fleet of modern buses (some even have free wi-fi). It’s possible to catch a bus #102 all the way to Batu Ferringhi from the airport, or you might have to go to the central transport hub — Komtar in George Town first and then catch a #101 bus. Bus drivers are usually quite helpful.
Taxis are the alternative – they almost never use the meter, so negotiate a price first.