A reader of MalaysiaBest asked this:
Delia commented on October 10th, 2006:^
Hi! My daughter gave me your website to read as I am frantically researching Penang. I have a bunch of Ang mos coming for an official function, afterwhich go Penang for 2 nites holiday. Pls recommend where to eat at Batu Feringghi. Staying at Rasa Sayang. Walking distance best. Group of 37 pax. Local food best, can be chinese, seafood or nyonya. Please help! I donâ€™t know Penang much. Also, any thing worth seeing at Batu Feringghi without going out to town? Thanks heaps!
I wonder if readers can help her out? I seriously do not like to go to Batu Feringghi because it is considered a touristy place and locals like me do not like to pay tourist prices. The only times I go there were to meet up with out-of-town friends staying at the hotels there and usually, we do not eat around the area.
Well, Delia, my suggestion is to engage a local tour company to ferry the group of 37 people if they are interested to have some sightseeing. Considering that they can afford to stay at Rasa Sayang, getting a local tour will not be a problem. I suppose they may be interested in the Heritage Walk which covers visiting old buildings around the town.
Otherwise, they can just laze around Rasa Sayang Hotel and enjoy the scenes around the hotel. Think of Batu Feringghi as Patong Beach in Phuket? Only less sleazy and there are not bars and errm..bar girls. Otherwise, it is a lively stretch of beach, stalls and eating places.
As for places to eat, if you are talking about 37 pax, I would safely tell you to find a tour guide and consult them because you may need prior reservation to cater for that number of people. However, there are restaurants, both Western and local, around the strip of Batu Feringghi beach. Taste wise, it is nothing to that fantastic, as expected from touristy place. 🙂
Please take time and look through this blog and Malaysiabest.net for more ideas. Thank you for asking!
So, folks, if you are a visitor to Penang, please share what attracts you most to the island?