Second to Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi is Penang's second most popular destination with its long stretches of white sand beaches. With an easy half-hour drive from our Georgetown hotel, we spent our second and last day in Penang on a brief adventure to the area. While it's no Caribbean, Batu Ferringhi has its own unique sights to offer between tropical gardens and deliciously local food.
Tropical Spice Garden
Our primary stop in Batu Ferringhi was the Tropical Spice Garden, where over 500 types of tropical plants encompass eight-acres of lush landscapes. It was the perfect spot for my family in particular, as my dad immersed himself into the audio tour while I absorbed the scenery. It is a unique space for both learning and exploring and the ideal visit for those who don't quite need just another beach break.
The Beaches of Batu Ferringhi
Just outside the spice garden was a quiet stretch of Batu Ferringhi's beach scene. With lush mountain scenery serving as a backdrop, it almost felt as if I were back amongst St. Lucia's mighty pitons. Shortly after this beach stop we were headed back to Georgetown, making it a nice farewell to Penang's tropical destination.
Mews Cafe, Georgetown
Aside from beaches, Batu Ferringhi is also known for its popular night market where the best of local Penang food is served. Unfortunately our schedules could not make time to stop by, but it comes highly recommended from locals. For our last meal in Penang, we headed back to Georgetown to dine in air conditioning (90-degree temps + 90% humidity can get a bit brutal).
One of our favorite meals in Malaysia was at Mews Cafe, where traditional Malaysian food meets a modern bistro. Our platters came with unique combinations of flavor, with dishes including the local favorite beef rendang and nasi kerabu, or blue rice. Topping it off with fresh cocktails and juices, it was a delicious way to conclude our visit to Malaysia's "food heaven".