Batu Ferringhi is such a tranquil and friendly place that you may just find yourself browsing through real estate brochures before your trip is over. However that is not to say that there is not much to see and do here – on the contrary, whether you are looking for a wet and wild time in the water, or just interested in immersing in local culture, Batu Ferringhi has the go-to spots to accommodate all travellers.
From learning how to batik-paint, visiting a charming butterfly farm, strolling through a one-of-a-kind spice garden, or enjoying watery thrills and spills in an amusement park, this area has something for everyone. Take a look at our ten favourite things to see-and do in Batu Ferringhi before you check out of this thriving beach strip.
Wet World Wild
Slides, flumes, and water tunnels – they can all be found at Moonlight Bay’s Wet World Wild along Jalan Batu Ferringhi. A great place to make a splash, it features ten giant, inflatable blue, yellow and green ‘rafts’ that have been designed to allow kids (and adults) to run, climb, propel and jump around easily and safely. There is even a vertical ‘rock-climbing’ raft with hand- and footholds that make it easy for one to reach the top of the mound.
Two hours at the park comes at a ticket price of RM40 per adult and RM30 per child, but it is well worth it for this much fun in the sun.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
- Address: Moonlight Bay, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang.
- Tel: +6019 317 1919
Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Jalan Batu Feringghi comes alive every night as vendors set up stalls along this stretch offering everything from fake designer bags and inexpensive pirated DVDs, to handmade local souvenirs and local artwork. One of Penang Island’s most noteworthy attractions, it is a not-to-be-missed feature not only for its sheer size (spanning all the way from Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort all the way down to Hard Rock Hotel and beyond), but also its cool, electrifying atmosphere.
Best of all, you can still bargain for the best prices: one word of advice, if you like something, do not buy it first – walk along the strip, check out other stalls to see if there might be the same item offered at a better deal. If not, head back to the original stall and bargain for the best rate (which is usually half the price originally quoted).
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – Late
- Location: Along Jalan Batu Ferringhi, from Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa to Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort
Batu Ferringhi Beach
Just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi’s beach is one of Penang Island’s most stunning bodies of water – think powder white sands spilling out onto turquoise blue waters, that stretch all the way up the northern peninsula. The best way to enjoy this beautiful strip of sand is to bring a beach blanket and soak in the sun’s rays, but if you are not the type to sunbathe we recommend hitting up one of the water sport operators (such as the one opposite Waverunner Beach Chalet) that are set up along the beach to rent a kayak, jet ski or banana boat to have some splashing good fun.
Most of this strip is taken up by luxury hotels (Shangri La Rasa Sayang, Hard Rock Hotel etc.) but there are quite a few public beaches – simply drive along the strip to find the best ones: we prefer the one right beside Golden Sands by Shangri La Resort.
- Location: Batu Ferringhi, Penang
The Penang Batik Factory is one of the pioneers of batik manufacturing on the island. Established in 1973 by Craft Batik Sdn Bhd, it is set in Teluk Bahang, a short walk away from the Penang Botanic Gardens: the complex provides free, guided daily tours.
The complex is divided into three sections: an art gallery, boutique and workshop. Surrounded by lots of tropical greenery, it is one of Penang’s well known sightseeing spots and offers a wide variety of quality batik, from block prints batiks to hand-drawn pieces. At the Penang Batik Factory, unlike the usual one-sided print, each piece features patterns and colours on both sides of the fabric. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30
- Address: 669m, Mk. 2, Teluk Bahang 11050 Penang
- Tel: +604 885 1284 or +604 885 1858 0r +604 885 1302
Opened in 1986, the Penang Butterfly Farm – located in Teluk Bahang – is one of Penang’s best known and most popular tourist attractions. The eight-hectare butterfly sanctuary houses an impressively varied collection of butterfly species as well as an assortment of other insects. The farm sits at the foot of the Teluk Bahang hills – between the Taman Rimba Park and Teluk Bahang village. It features more than 4,000 butterflies from more than 120 groups as well as other insects and reptiles.
Though most people know the Penang Butterfly Farm to be a tourist attraction, this butterfly ‘safe haven’ has gained an international reputation within the industry. The ‘living museum’ houses various exotic butterfly species including the Rajah Brooke and the endangered Yellow Bird wing butterfly and it also plays host to over 300 plant species. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday; 09:00 – 18:00 Saturday & Sunday
- Address: No. 830, Jalan Teluk Bahang
- Tel: +604 885 1253
Set just up the road from the Teluk Bahang junction, Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden is an eight-acre collection of secondary jungle with some 500 species of flora and fauna. Southeast Asia’s only tropical spice garden is a good place to spend the afternoon with your kids – the nature conservation complex features three garden trails that take you on 20-45 minute journeys past stream crossings, waterfalls and structures made of recycled organic materials. The award-winning farm was set up utilizing predominantly natural and recycled building materials salvaged from pre-war shop houses or sourced from local antique stores.
Besides that, guests (and more importantly, kids) can also try their hand at Malaysian cooking as the estate recently opened a culinary school where dishes are made using all manner of herbs and spices. Set in an airy building surrounded by the spice gardens, overlooking Teluk Bahang bay, the centre utilises a hands-on approach to cooking – you’ll get to prepare meals from scratch in small, personalized classes, using spices from the gardens around you. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11100 Penang
- Tel: +604 881 1797
Yahong Art Gallery is the largest arts and crafts centre in Penang. Displaying works by Malaysian and Asian artists, it is divided into four sections: the Art Gallery, Handicrafts, Batik and Jewellery & Antiques centres. It is best known for housing the artworks of Chuah Thean Teng. Teng is billed at the father of modern batik printing: the upper levels of Yahong Art Gallery prominently display his original works plus those of his sons, Chuah Siew Kek, Chuah Seow Keng and Chuah Siew Teng.
Besides Teng’s batik prints, the displays at Yahong Art Gallery range from batik works by other artists to beautiful Chinese jewellery, antiques, pewter works and water colour, Chinese ink and oil prints. In addition to that, other noteworthy exhibits include an ancient Malaysian medicine horn, a Sarawak tribal chief's staff, an exquisite Chinese cloisonné, Chinese tile pictures and more. Also when you visit the gallery, be sure to catch a demonstration on batik printing and pick up some pewter products and batik apparel as souvenirs. Read More...
- Address: 58-D, Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang
- Tel: +604 881 1251
Penang National Park is the world’s smallest national park. Within the park are well-marked trails that lead into the jungle and to the bays around; it contains about 410 species of flora and 143 species of fauna ranging from snakes, macaques and leaf monkeys to otters, hawksbill turtles and dolphins.
Formerly known as the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, it is located further up the west side of Penang Island, past a twisting, forested section of road. Comprising 1181 hectares of forest and 1381 hectares of wetlands, it is a pleasant enough place with a waterfall and a pool for a pleasant swim. Camping facilities are available: telephone the Wildlife Office at Teluk Bahang to make reservations. You will have to register at the office before you can enter the park; Penang National Park is accessible via Teluk Bahang at the end of Batu Ferringhi Road. Bus no. 101 runs a route past Teul Bahang: from there it is a short walk away. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Address: Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang
- Tel: +604 881 3530
Penang Botanical Gardens are usually simply called the Botanic Gardens by Penang islanders. Also known as the Waterfalls Gardens, the gardens are located in a valley along Jalan Kebun Bunga. It is a well landscaped place that contains a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species. Set up by the British in 1884 by Charles Curtis of the Gardens & Forests Departments Straits Settlements, it used to be an old quarry site and is divided into 12 sections.
The Penang Botanical Garden are about eight km from Georgetown, and some of the flora there includes the cannonball tree, sengkuang tree, pinang palm, black lily, slipper orchids and more. Some of the more interesting plants at the gardens are kept under lock and key, and are only open to visitors from 07:00 – 19:00. There is a special path in the Penang Botanical Gardens’ Moon Gate that leads up to Penang Hill: it is about an hour’s walk away. It is a steep but delightful and highly rewarding trek. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 05:00 – 20:00
- Address: Pavilion Administrative Complex, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Penang
- Tel: +604 226 4401 or +604 226 4405
Tropical Fruit FarmTeluk Bahang
Located within the Peang Butterfly Farm is the Tropical Fruit Farm – a 25-acre organic orchard with more than 250 types of fruit including durians and West Indian cherries. The garden was developed in 1993 in an effort to conserve rare and exotic fruit trees.
The fruit farm’s collection of trees include species from far-flung corners of the world including Central and South America, Central Africa, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. This eco-tourism venture only utilizes organic fertilisers. The Tropical Fruit Farm conducts daily guided tours. In addition to learning more about the fruits visitors will get the chance to sample local produce on the two-hour tours. At weekends and on public holidays the orchard lays out a spread of light snacks, juices and a barbecue for visitors. You should also take the opportunity to sample the delicious fruits as well as freshly squeezed fruit juices. Read More...
- Tel: +6012 443 9298 or +6012 497 1921