Batu Ferringhi

Date Links: Tue 24/01 │ Wed 25/01 | Thu 26/01

Accommodation: Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-la

The road from Teluk Bahang along the coast to Batu Ferringhi is a picturesque stretch of small coves and more beaches. Batu Ferringhi (Foreigner’s Rock) is a resort strip stretching along Jalan Batu Ferringhi, the main drag, which is lined with big hotels, tourist shops and restaurants. There’s a good night market and the Yahong Art Gallery (881 1251; 58D Jalan Batu Ferringhi) sells a vast range of Asian antiques and art, including jewellery, pewter, batik paintings, woodcarvings and, less appealingly, ivory.

The beach is fine for sunbathing, but doesn’t compare to Malaysia’s best, the water being not as clear as you might expect. The beach itself can be a little scruffy in parts, especially on weekends when hordes of day-trippers visit. Though it can get crowded with holiday-package groups and backpackers, the luxury hotels offer good deals and there are several budget options.