Batu Ferringhi

“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.

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Opening Hours

Street Market
Monday – Sunday: 7pm till late.

Always open.


Street Market: FREE.

Beach: FREE.


The street market is along Jalan Batu Ferringhi near Golden Sands Resort.

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Hear From Others

The activities at night centred around its night market, stretching 1km from the McDonald’s restaurant towards the end of the world.

Crisp of Life

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.

Jipp Jippsy

Batu Ferringhi is a strip on the beachfront in Penang with dazzling perspectives, some of most spectacular inns at the Penang Island and the finest road market.

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Nearby Attractions

Penang Tropical Spice Garden

The Penang Tropical Spice Garden is Southeast Asia’s only tropical spice garden. This eight acre site is set within a secondary jungle.

TeddyVille Museum

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.

Penang Floating Mosque

The Penang Floating Mosque is a masterpiece and is a lovely to be visited in the evenings when bright artificial lights reflect in the ocean.