Known as Foreigner’s Rock in local language, Batu Ferringhi is a beach township, occupying a stretch of beach at north of Penang. It may be a bit calm if you pass by during the day but as night approaches, Batu Ferringhi comes alive! Night Market or some refer as ‘Sidewalk Bazaar’ is one of the most popular activities at Batu Ferringhi.
Despite the narrow main road along Batu Ferringhi, local traders diligently put up their stalls along the walkway everyday as long as it is not raining. They operate right after sunset, as early as 6pm until past midnight. If you are coming from Tanjung Bungah, the string of stalls stretches from Rasa Sayang Resort and all the way to Casuarina Hotel – a distance of more than 1 km.
And shopping is most favorite night life at Batu Ferringhi! During the day, beach is the main attraction and as night comes, street is the happening! Lighted landmarks, colorful neon from hotels, cafes, restaurants and pubs has face lifted Batu Ferringhi and it is truly intriguing!
The bazaar stalls along the beach side of the road features an assortment of goods ranging from souvenir, woman’s accessories, luggage, sandal, local food, shawl/scarf, ‘designer’ handbag, ‘branded’ apparels and even DVD. These merchandises are selling at very low price (in fact, same price is offered to both local and tourist) and attracts a huge crowd to the Night Market which was literally translated from Malaysian language ‘Pasar Malam’. Take a walk along to this stretch of canopy stalls and compare the quality or price if you wish and do not worry of getting lost.
It has been ages since our last visit there, being the reason of residing on the opposite end of the same island. An excuse!
Until last weekend, my family and I went for a weekend gate away and stayed at Holiday Inn Resort. Of course, we did not miss the chance to experience the inviting Night Market! What interest me the most is the variety of Malaysian souvenirs. Personally, I usually encounter challenges to get nice souvenirs for my overseas’ friends and now I have no more worries. I can always come back to Batu Ferringhi Sidewalk Bazaar for more!
Hope you a good time at Batu Ferringhi. Happy shopping and enjoy the traditional Malaysian trading!
Acknowledgment: Our stay at Holiday Inn Resort was the winning prize in a writing competition (Penang Attraction Spots) organized by Visit Penang.