Do not get me wrong, I think Penang island is a great island with unique mixed of culture that I find fascinating. Many things to see and many things to do but.... Batu Ferringhi is another story.
I still fail to understand why people come to Batu Ferringhi ?
The water quality is so bad that it is not recommended to swim there and Batu Ferringhi itself would need a very very serious upgrade from who ever is in charge in public administration in order to become a charming place to stay. Even if the sea is not so great, upgrading infrastructures, (good roads, nice pavements for pedestrians), a way to attract artists and a lot of nice fashion boutiques instead of this poor market would greatly improve the situation.
It seems that Penang island is booming with huge projects and nice new places (Georgetown is improving quickly, new marina is fantastic, many new hotels are coming) all is booming except... Batu Ferrringhi !?
It could be a beautiful place like Stanley in Hong Kong but it is far far away from it.
The only interest are the nice hotels built next to the beach and also I suppose the bars/restaurants which goes with them. As a matter of beaches, Langkawi or Phuket are 10x better so I wonder what did I miss in Batu ferringhi to find the place attractive ?
I am of course very serious !