At the end of a delicious food tour of Malaysia, with the final stop in the city of Penang, I spent an extra few days up the road with NO PLANS so I could relax in the seaside town of Batu Ferringhi.
It’s not often that I treat myself to a bit of indulgence and luxury. Three quiet nights at the Golden Sands Resort was the perfect way to finish off my trip.
A nice hotel, the sea and local food stalls was exactly what I needed!
The busy city of George Town isn’t far from the seaside resorts so if you’ve got time, an ideal way to get around is the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. There are two options – the city route and the beach route. I’m quite a fan of these tours. Tickets are valid for 24 hours so you can take as little or long as you like exploring each stop (or stay aboard the bus and look around).
Running around on a tour can be exhausting. The joy of not having a schedule means you can sleep in, sit by the pool, walk along the beach and read your favourite book. I do enjoy a busy, jam-packed holiday. There really is nothing quite like having a couple of days at the end to do whatever you like.
My favourite lunch was at Guan Guan Cafe. While it poured with rain I sat undercover enjoying a sizzling plate of beancurd with vegetables and rice and local beer. The staff were very friendly and so happy to have me stay for a long, lazy holiday meal.
Always keen for a local snack, I stopped at Pushpa’s Indian Food stall one night and ordered a masala paratha. It’s a tasty savoury bite with yellow potato curry inside a crispy roti. Pretty good for under a dollar. Another hawker meal I had was a vegetarian jalfrezi with a garlic and cheese naan and rice.
I’m happy to report that I didn’t have one bad meal in this relaxing seaside town. I really enjoyed my visit to Batu Ferringhi, it was the perfect way to end a busy stay in Malaysia.
Have you been to Malaysia? I’d love to hear about your favourite places to visit.
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