This is the best beach in Penang, quite smooth sand especially by the water. You can walk along past lots of hotels with the warm sea lapping at your feet - very relaxing.
You can also take part in a variety of watersports such as going on a jet-ski.
This is sunset taken from The Promenade. This is a view of Gurney Drive. The Promenade is opposite a popular nightlife spot called The garage.
The Promenade features clubs, restaurants and a hawker center.
Of course, you can catch good sunsets from pretty much every beach on Penang.
Batu Ferringhi is where most of the tourist beach hotels are. The beach itself is nice and clean, though swimming is often not recommended because of the many jellyfish. The area itself offers lots of accomodations, from budget to luxury and good cheap food.
It's a shame to say that most locals do not frequent the beaches on Penang, there's only a few stretch of public beaches. Most of the beach hotels are built on near the sea, so you can see a lot of tourists on the beaches.
There's plenty of water activities to do, or just laze around the sand.
Go further up after Mutiara Hotels to have view of the beautiful Teluk Bahang Dam, it's closed to the public, so can just view from the top of the winding road.
*The* most famous beach in Penang. If you are a Star Trek fan, then this is the place that strange mercenary alien race is named after, and the word simply means "foreigner" !
It has gained a reputation for being a touristy, commercialised beach - but if you are familiar with busy beaches in Europe then you will be pleasantly surprised, it is a long golden beach with a few hotels and ski boats plying their trade on it - I thought it was very quiet. The water though, can get a little murky - and I was worried by the Jellyfish warning sign.
Take a walk on the fine, white sand and listen to the coconuts trees rustle in the tropical breeze. Batu Ferringhi beach is popular with the locals and tourists alike. At night, hundreds of street vendors set up shop along the main Batu Ferringhi Road selling souvenirs, imitation branded goods, and pirated VCDs to the non-discretionary tourist.
Although Teluk Bahang is a small fishing village area, there are some places of interest where tourist would like to go, eg. Penang Cultural Centre, Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang Forest Park and Teluk Bahang Dam.
The route is a combination of sharp corners and bends, including a narrow hairpin and 3 wide hairpins (if not mistaken). Most sharp corners have two lanes, just enough to let two passenger cars to pass, and many corners are in 90 degrees and very narrow- which means you have to drive through them slow as you make a corner in town area. And then, the bends makeup the exciting part of the route, they test your tire grip and your suspension system. These bends have different length, but most are in 100~300 meters, if you want to pass these bends in the shortest time, a set of good tires and good suspension settings are necessary
Well Batu Ferringhi is a stretch of beach located on the northern part of the island and is like 20 kilometres from heart of Georgetown, you can get a bus for around RM 2 or a taxi for RM 20 ( bargain before you go into a taxi/cab) or some hotel do provide shuttle service ( like Rasa Sayang ).
There is lot of cool hotels along the beach such as Bayview Beach , Rasa Sayang and Golden Sands. Its a recommended place to stay because you get to feel the cool breeze and look at the beautiful sunrise or take a dip in the sea or have morning coffee by the side of a tropical pool ...before you head downtown ....to dive into Georgetown's heritage , culture and vibrance ...and shopping !
Or you can enjoy lots of water sports like banana boat-riding, jet ski, parasailing, catamaran sailing and so forth ...
And when you head back to Batu Ferringhi after your walk around Georgetown , a different scene awaits you in Batu Ferringhi ...the streets and surrounding transform into a bright and colourful scene..so many seafood restaurants, stalls, pubs and disco just waiting for you to explore !
The beaches on Penang are nice and really clean, but they don't have the clear water like beaches on the east coast.
There are accommodations of all price ranges along the coast. All kinds of watersports, as well as excursions to the lonely preceding islands offered.