Things to do and eat in Batu Feringghi

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 don’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 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 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?

Post Author: lilian

Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

8 thoughts on “Things to do and eat in Batu Feringghi

    Sooi Sooi

    (October 12, 2006 - 2:06 am)

    the ferry ride first and foremost…the angmohs must go for it!

    batu feringghi, other than the beaches, nothing much else. even the butterfly farm can be quite boring.

    K Sin

    (October 12, 2006 - 3:07 am)

    Yeap, the ferry ride is a must. RM1.00 per head shj. One can try the Tropical Spice Garden (link above under Related Post), there is the Teluk Bahang Dam and a secluded waterfall further up. None of them are within walking distance from Rasa Sayang.

    And if they would like to break a sweat or two, pay our Penang National Park a visit. The hike up the light house will test one’s stamina and if the keeper, Mr Ahmad was on duty that day, be prepared for an enlightening tour. Otherwise, you will come upon a locked gate.

    Information regarding those I’ve mentioned are abundance online.

    P/s: I once took a blond hair, blue eyes, red face Ang Moh from Sydney, Australia to a posh up kopi tiam style for seafood. He liked the bake crab so much that he demanded to have a chat with the chef. Lol. Ah Pek beh hiau kong ingish la.


    (October 12, 2006 - 11:47 am)

    I think for meals, they should try out 5xMom’s specialities! Fancy catering for the lot??


    (October 12, 2006 - 1:24 pm)

    there’s this sea-front kopitiam behind Parkroyal Hotel serving Chinese/Hainanese stirfry stall… very popular dishes (need to preorder) are Hainanese Spring Roll and Baraised Duck with Yam. Another suggestion is Italian Restaurant Mario’s (also within walking distance) … but don’t know whether can fit all 37 guests wor… 😛


    (October 13, 2006 - 12:15 am)

    It’s generally easier to please foreign tourists. They’ll find most places of attraction fascinating even though we locals might find them BORING. Trust me, i’ve brought some foreigner friends around Penang a few times and i only bring them to common attractions and let them get involved with the typical Penang lifestyle and BINGO they love Penang and they will be coming back for more. However, time management is important if not you won’t even get to complete the activities in 1 week.


    (October 13, 2006 - 2:52 pm)

    Tropical Spice Garden’s a must-it’s very close to mother nature! I like the spice trail where you can see the shrubs/trees of cloves, nutmeg, bunga kantan, etc and even tongkat ali the whole plant and all! After the walks (there are 2 trails…) i love to plop at their bungalow café… if you’re lucky you an see some tree squirells or shy and cute,white-ringed eyes and long fluffy tail Dusky Leaf Monkeys/Dusky Langurs with with their youngs which has golden-orange fur compared to the dark grey adults …


    (October 13, 2006 - 6:28 pm)

    There are a few places. Right across rasa sayang, there is a palce call Mario’s. Its italian. They serve good italian food, always packed. Pricey, but worth all the money.

    Walk down the feringgi night market on the Rasa Sayang side and you will see a hawker food court. Most of the things there are so so.

    Don’t go to global Bay, the only thing nice there is the western food.

    If they want seafood, Eden is a better place, don’t go to The Ship.

    If you don’t mind the travel, go to teluk bahang for “End of the World” just beside the roundabout.


    (October 16, 2006 - 1:26 am)

    Actually there are not much to see around B Feringhi along walking distance.

    I’ve had my share of playing tourist guide to my foreign counterparts.
    Some of their favourite spot:-
    1) Night time shopping along the Bt Feringhi night market=> be prepared for lots of haggling
    2) Botanical gardens
    3) Heritage trail => like what Lilian said
    4) Batik factory
    5) Round Penang island trip, fr Bt Ferr, up Teluk Bahang, to Balik Pulau => Bayan Lepas => Georgetown => B.Ferr.
    It will give them myriads of view of beautiful Penang island.
    If you are chartering a bus to go around, you can cover all the above within a day or half a day trip (depending on how many stops you like)

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