Penang's main beach destination is much-touted and much-visited, but doesn't entirely live up to the hype. Although it does have a handful of classy resorts and is well geared up for family fun, it should be said that Batu Ferringhi can't compare to Malaysia’s best: the water isn’t as clear as you might expect, swimming often means battling jellyfish, and the beach itself can be dirty, especially on weekends when hordes of day trippers visit.
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