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Introducing Batu Ferringhi

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 Jln 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 Jln Batu Ferringhi) sells a vast range of Asian antiques and art, including jewellery, pewter, batik paintings, woodcarvings and, less appealingly, ivory. Also on Jln Batu Ferringhi is Enca Internet Café (881 4101; 101A Jln Batu Ferringhi; per hr RM5; 10.30am-12.30am).

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.