Night Market, Penang
Batu Ferringhi’s night market is not to be missed when visiting the northern part of Penang. Comprising hundreds of stalls offering everything from fake designer bags to cheap pirated DVDs and home deco items to souvenirs.
If you like something, don’t buy it first. Have a look around, as chances are, there are other stalls offering the same goods at much better deals.
This is the 'famous' night market along Batu Ferringhi. It usually starts at about 8pm. It is a long stretch of stalls selling stuff ranging from copies of deisgner handbags/sunglasses/watches, handicraft from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, T-shirts, and of course DVDs.
When buying copies of designer watches (Rolex, Tag, Patek Phillipe, Omega etc), beware there are different degrees in terms of quality (example, for a ladies' Tag, there are RM$25, RM$35 and $RM120 versions, depending on quality of mechanism, strap material etc). One stall to recommend would be the stall just outside the fencing of Long Beach hawker stalls. Stall is run buy a nice couple, husband is known as Ah Eng. Ah Eng speaks relatively good english and was frank about the quality of the different watches he had on display. We bought a watch and started chatting. When he knew we were looking to buy the local penang biscuit, he offered to purchase it from a shop near his home and bring it to the stall the next night. True enough, the next night, he had the biscuits and did not take 'extra' for puchasing it on our behalf. As it was drizzling, he even offered to ferry us back to our hotel in his car.
The night market in Batu Feringgi Beach has everything - albeit everything is either fake or some of it taken directly from the factories in Malaysia where some of the big brand names manufacture their goods (e.g. trainers).
Everything is ridiculously cheap. Whilst there's some scope for bargaining it isn't like say Middle East where haggling is a sport. It is possible to have the price reduced a little but not be much
It is easy to find the market as it simply lines the road running parallel to the beach.
There's also some good hawker food to be had there too.
What to buy: If copy DVDs are your thing, all the stalls were selling movies for a flat rate of MYR4 per disc including the latest blockbusters such as Transformers, Harry Potter etc
During the day, Batu Ferranghi main road is practically deserted save for a few bored souls who wander the baking mile..... but just before sunset, the vendors start to appear and within half an hour the strip is transformed into a glittering night market selling designer rip-offs, funky jewellery, batik, ornaments, watches, handbags, luggage, gifts............... Everything is up for grabs and everyone is up for bartering. To add to all this, restaurants, hawkers stands and even a couple of bars (beer or Sheesha) offer the shoppers relief. And if you can't face the long walk home... jump on a trishaw for a smooth ride back.
Batu Ferringhi night market is definitely worth to see. Be prepared to walk in a sticky, humid weather but it's worth of going there.
What to buy: You can buy everything from Gucci handbags, sunglasses, purses, you name it.
What to pay: They usually start with the price like 250RM but when you don't show too much interest, they usually go down to 60-70 RM. Designer sunglasses are 10RM each. You can also buy lots of latest DVDs for 4RM each.
What to buy:
Everything.........Fake handbags, watches, t-shirts, shoes, sunglasses, cds, dvds, batik sarongs, tablecloths, souvenirs
And don't forget to try a local hawker food stall while there. Really cheap and freshly cooked. Great service with a smile too. :o)
What to pay: Handbags vary....I bought a leather one (pictured) for 60RM, my sister bought one the next night for 50RM, so barter well!
The night markets along Batu Ferringhi are fantastic!!! The markets tend to open around 7 or 8 pm and close anywhere between 11 pm - 1 am (depending on business on the night I guess).
What to buy: They sell all sorts of things...clothing, DVD's, hand bags, jewellery, wallets, cushion covers, sarongs, luggage, sunglasses, souviners and paintings...
What to pay: A DVD is 8 RM, a watch is around 20 RM, handbags are around 25 RM, t-shirts are around 15 - 25 RM...
The night markets are great, the quality of the merchandise available is high, unlike some other places in SE Asia. The stall holders are friendly and relaxed and will always take no for an answer, they were never pushy and were polite. Some great bargains are available but beware when buying pirate computer games as I got caught not getting the game i purchased. I was fortunate that i noticed before we left the country and the stall was more that happy to swap or refund.