Batu Ferringhi is such a peaceful and pleasant location that you may find yourself looking at property brochures before your holiday is over. However, that is not to say that there isn’t much to see and do here. This part of Penang Island is perfect for everyone, whether you are looking to party at all hours or relax with friends by the pool, and here are some of the top Batu Ferringhi attractions that you should visit.
Batu Ferringhi’s beach is one of the most beautiful Batu Ferringhi attractions, only a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Its powder-white beach is a sight to behold, spilling onto turquoise blue seas that stretch up the northern coast. Please bring along a beach blanket and soak in the sun’s rays while enjoying this lovely stretch of sand and the cool breeze that comes with it.
If you’re not a sunbather, you can rent a kayak, jet ski, or banana boat from one of the vendors. One opposite the Waverunner Beach Chalet is set up to serve you as you enjoy some awesome splashing fun. The majority of the strip is taken up by luxury hotels (Shangri La Rasa Sayang, Hard Rock Hotel etc.). However, there are a few public beaches, and they can be found by simply driving along the strip to find one that is best for you.
The Penang Butterfly Farm, founded in 1986 and located near Teluk Bahang in Penang, is one of the most popular Batu Ferringhi attractions. The magnificent eight-hectare butterfly sanctuary houses an incredibly remarkable variety of butterfly species, as well as other insects. The farm is located on the slopes of the Teluk Bahang hills, between Taman Rimba Park and Teluk Bahang village. More than 4,000 butterflies and other invertebrates from more than 120 families are included in the work.
The Rajah Brooke and the threatened Yellow Bird wing butterfly are among many other exotic butterfly species found at the ‘living museum’, which is also playing host to 300 different plant species. As a result, this Batu Ferringhi attraction serves as an education, entertainment, and research centre. It is also utilized in animal breeding programs.
Meanwhile, the Tropical Fruit Farm is a 25-acre organic orchard with over 250 distinct types of fruit, including durians and West Indian cherries. You’ll be able to visit the orchard and taste the delicious fruits, as well as freshly squeezed fruit juices, while also getting a guided tour.
Every night on Jalan Batu Ferringhi, vendors set up stalls selling everything from imitation designer bags and low-cost pirated DVDs to handmade local souvenirs for your shopping delight. It’s one of the most popular Batu Ferringhi attractions, with its unique and spectacular sight that not only covers a vast expanse spanning from Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort down to Hard Rock Hotel and beyond, but also its rich, colourful atmosphere.
Whether you’re purchasing as a gift or for yourself, the Penang merchants will delight you with various goods and services. Best of all, you may still bargain for the best prices: if you like something, don’t buy it first; go down the strip and look at other stalls to see if they have the same thing cheaper. If not, head back to the original stall and bargain for the best rate (usually half the price quoted initially).
The only tropical spice garden in Southeast Asia is one of the most fantastic Batu Ferringhi attractions to spend the afternoon with your family. Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden, located just up the road from the Teluk Bahang junction, is an eight-acre collection of secondary jungle with about 500 different plant and animal life species. The nature conservation complex includes three garden paths that take you on 20-45 minute treks past stream crossings, waterfalls, and structures built of recycled organic materials. The award-winning farm used salvaged pre-war shophouses or secondhand antique shops for construction supplies and locally sourced materials.
On an abandoned rubber plantation near Penang’s north-western shores, this eco-tourism course has three jungle trails: the Spice Trail, Ornamental Trail, and Jungle Trail – treks that take you past various sections of the area. Each ‘room’ is dedicated to a specific type of plant, such as spices and herbs or aquatic plants. Alternatively, you may enjoy the park on your own because there is instructional signage displaying each plant’s name and function to assist you. You can also participate in guided excursions if you like.
Guests (and, more significantly, children) can also cook Malaysian cuisine at the estate’s culinary school, where meals are prepared with various herbs and spices. The culinary experience is interactive and hands-on, with lessons on preparing meals from scratch in small, personalized groups using spices from the garden surrounding you. Set in an airy building surrounded by spice gardens overlooking Teluk Bahang Bay, the area employs a hands-on technique of cooking – you’ll be able to make foods from scratch in small, customized classes.
Alternatively, if you’re hungry, the Tree Monkey Restaurant in this Batu Ferringhi attraction serves Thai cuisine as well as stunning views of Teluk Bahang Bay. Before you go, you can stop by the gift shop to pick up some souvenirs such as spices and exclusively developed T-shirts, stationery, toiletries and spa goods. You may also acquire various gardening guides for both novices and experts. Alternatively, get a pot plant from the Garden Shop as a souvenir.
Yahong Art Gallery, the largest arts and crafts centre in Penang, is divided into four parts: the Art Gallery, Handicrafts, Batik and Jewellery, and Antique centres. It is most renowned for housing Chuah Thean Teng’s art pieces, regarded as the father of modern batik painting. His works are seen in the upper levels of Yahong Art Gallery. He and his three sons, Chuah Siew Kek, Chuah Seow Keng, and Chuah Siew Teng, are known for their remarkable achievements.
The exhibits at Yahong Art Gallery include batik paintings by Teng and other works from other artists, beautiful Chinese jewellery, antiques, pewter pieces, watercolour, ink and oil prints from China. Other notable exhibits include an old Malaysian medicine horn, a Sarawak tribal leader’s staff, an exquisite Chinese cloisonné, Chinese tile works, and more. Also, when you visit this Batu Ferringhi attraction, don’t forget to attend a batik printing demonstration and pick up some pewter items and batik apparel as mementoes.
For anyone looking to go to a fun-filled city, Batu Ferringhi is the place to be at as it has something for everyone. From learning how to batik-paint or seeing a beautiful butterfly farm to strolling through a one-of-a-kind spice garden or enjoying watery thrills and spills in an amusement park, there are so many Batu Ferringhi attractions and activities that will ensure that your trip here is worthwhile.