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Published: September 22nd 2009
The hotel we were staying at in Penang was one of the many which sit on the beachfront strip of Batu Ferringhi (Foreigner’s Rock), Penang’s most famous resort district and nightspot. The popularity with visitors to Malaysia which gave the region its name hasn’t diminished over the years: we spotted plenty of Americans, Brits and Aussies soaking up the sun and lazing on the beach.
We checked into our hotel, one of many that open directly onto the beachfront. The ground floor of the Holiday Inn merged seamlessly into the trees and sand, with bars and deckchairs scattered out to the water.
We didn’t have as much time on our hands as most of the beach’s inhabitants, so spending the rest of the day sipping mai tais and zombies (oh, if only we weren’t on such a tight schedule) wasn’t in the cards. We were able to get some nice footage of the surf gently lapping the fine, golden sand, though.
The surf and sand at Batu Ferringhi.
It was time to get ready to check out Batu Ferringhi’s famous night market, or pasar malam.
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