Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, Malaysia
I suppose it is normal to love one's own beach. We live not too far from a stretch of sandy beaches and quiet seas on the northern coast of Penang, Malaysia.
It is called Batu Ferringhi (Foreigner's Rock). It is a perfect place for sea sports, sun bathing or pure relaxation.
The beach itself is very nice, as you can see, wide and sandy. The beach is kept clean, even on weekends when so many day-trippers visit.
This resort area is now lined with big hotels, tourist shops, restaurants and car and motorcycle rental offices. Not so long ago, though, Batu Ferringhi was a small fishing village. At that time, Nori, the beaches were more like Anguilla's, with few visitors. Nowadays, it can be crowded.
The big hotels offer good deals during off-season. And Batu Ferringhi offers many good restaurants, night spots and many recreation choices.
One unique feature of Batu Ferringhi is the exciting sidewalk bazaar. It happens daily from 6PM until after midnight. It is an exciting shopping experience that foreigners will find stimulating. You will hear good-fun haggling at every stall!
The road along Batu Ferringhi is 3km long. The bazaar covers more than half of that. What do you do if you are too tired to walk back, after all that haggling and shopping in the heat?
Complete your day by doing something else unique. Hail one of the many trishaws back to your air-conditioned hotel.
As a local resident, I love coming to this beach and I hope you get a chance to visit it, too, one day, Nori.