“Ferringhi” is originally a Malay term used to address a person of Portuguese descent. Eventually, it came to denote all Westerners. Batu Feringghi hence, would be derived as the destination where Westerners had come ashore. “Batu” is a Malay word meaning rock referring to the rocky coastline of the area.
Batu Ferringhi was initially explored back in 1592. Sir James Lancaster, an English privateer, came ashore on this area. He was the first European to reach Penang Island.
It is situated along the Northern coast of Penang Island, about 11 km (6.8 miles) northwest of the city center. Batu Ferringhi is the most famous beach destination in Penang. Locals and tourists alike enjoy spending time here. There are many world-class hotels established along the beaches.
If the day is clear, one could get a stunning view of the Andaman Sea as well as Mount Jerai in the neighboring state of Kedah. At night, Batu Feringghi is popular for its happening night market. It offers an array of items, souvenirs, and even scrumptious street food.
Image by mikkot02.
Monday - Sunday: 7pm till late.
Street Market: FREE.
Hear From Others
Forget about all these non-sense about glorious past, Batu Feringghi sure still has it. Not only it seems so perfect for a family picnic session, it has the vibrancy that most other beaches in Malaysia probably lack of.
The Teddyville Museum displays the first and the largest collection of Teddy Bears in Malaysia. The bears come from various nations and eras. The first batches ever made is as early as the 1900's. The bears ranges from miniature to human sized.