Batu Ferringhi Apartment Unit - Homestay near the Beach

The Place: A Private Apartment Homestay near the Beach of Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Updated 10 May 2010.

A fully equipped apartment unit homestay in the Sri Sayang apartment building near the beach of Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia. Available on weekly or monthly basis for one to four persons, directly by the owner.

Located in Penang's exclusive beach village Batu Ferringhi, this Sri Sayang apartment unit is the kind of apartment that combines beach vacation atmosphere with all the comforts of home that you do not want to miss - a holiday home at a price that is likely to be lower than your own home.

Living room - homestay apartment Batu Ferringhi, PenangThe apartment is the owner's home away from home. An inviting living room that extends into a fully covered balcony with tasteful wicker, rattan and wrought iron furniture, with a panoramic 180 degree view of the ocean and Batu Ferringhi bay area. A hallway leads to a bathroom with shower, a master bedroom with private bathroom and a large balcony with sea vista, and two further bedrooms with ocean and forest views, each with queen size beds. The apartment has a well equipped kitchen. The half-open walkway that leads to the apartment shows raw hillside jungle view.

The apartment is an ideal base for a beach and cultural vacation. Or for getting away from things to focus on your forthcoming book, or researching Penang and Batu Ferringhi as your future second home or retirement location (but this apartment is not for sale). Or to simply enjoy yourself.

Rooms

Master bedroom - homestay apartment Batu Ferringhi, PenangThe apartment is available as a whole. The image on the right shows the master bedroom with floor length windows and its adjoining covered open balcony. Not shown is the entrance to its bathroom on the right side. The bathroom has a bathtub with shower. The two other bedrooms are slightly smaller with approximately 12 sqm size each, without balcony, and share the apartment's common bathroom with shower located right next to the bedrooms.

Apartment Unit Internal Facilities:

Air conditioning, overhead fans, television with VCD player, standard satelite tv, broadband internet, computer, a fully equipped kitchen with rice cooker, water boiler, blender, table- and silverware, a fully automatic whirlpool washer /convection dryer and a mountain bike with helmet and lights. A full instruction manual on all amenities is available while the apartment's manager also handles all requests, questions and administrative details.

Sri Sayang Common Facilities:

Swimming pool, restaurant, convenience store, fast elevators,Apartment swimming pool
parking space, tennis court, 24 hour guard. The in-house restaurant serves middle-eastern and malaysian food, and you can also request for room service.

Location:

The apartment unit is situated just below mid level of the Sri Sayang Resort Building toward the north-eastern side of Batu Ferringhi Beach in Penang. It is located directly across the road from the five star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Hotel. It's 31 kilometers from the Airport, 21 kilometers from George Town shopping and a 300 meter walk to the beach at its north-eastern side.

The Sri Sayang and east side Batu Ferringi satelite map gives a good view. The building is in the center cross-hair. Note that the dark area in front of the building is its morning shadow. Across the road in front of the Sri Sayang building, a short foot path hidden under the trees alongside the edge of the 5-star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang hotel leads directly to the eastern side of Batu Ferringhi Beach. Note that the Rasa Sayang eastern property boundary appears a bit exagerated toward the east (right).

Towering quite majestically above Batu Ferringhi, the 33-story landmark Sri Sayang Resort Apartment Building offers leisure travelers, locals, expatriates and holiday makers a good blend of resort facilities and homeliness. On top of that, Here you can enjoy your stay against the beautiful backdrop of the famed Batu Ferringhi Beach and the mystifying sunset sweeping over ocean and forest hills.

Leisure at the Beach and the Village:

Beach walking and relaxing, swimming, beach massages and various beach water sports, horseback riding, jogging, making, visiting and inviting friends nearby, use of the nearby hotel facilities, a multitude of restaurants and cafe's, the night market, local tours, social and cultural activities and events in and around Batu Ferringhi.

Questions:

Is it a hotel? No, this apartment is a self catering homestay apartment. It has no service facility such as a front desk and service staff. The owner has arranged for a qualified person to manage and assist with the apartment unit's Guest needs and for a housekeeper to do regular cleaning - after all, you should be on a vacation.

How quiet is it? The Sri Sayang building caters to locals, expatriates, and holiday makers of all age groups. Like most apartments of this type (and hotels) it is less quiet on international holidays, local holidays and weekends than in the low season.

What condition is it in? The homestay apartment unit's facilities are not new, while everything is very well maintained, clean and in very good condition, as required by the expatriate owner family when they make use of their apartment. All linens are new (less than two years). Since a few years, the Sri Sayang building is being managed by its owner's association, which has significantly improved the building and continues to do so, with new parking lot, entrance way, tennis court, renovated pool area, restaurant facilities, common facilities...

A Vacation and Holiday Homestay:

The family that owns this apartment makes it available as a vacation and holiday homestay for the times when the family is not using it. When you plan to spend your holiday in Batu Ferringhi and are looking to replace the hotel scene with a homestay in the more personal atmosphere of a vaction and holiday home, this holiday apartment is an excellent alternative.

Rate:

First week's rate is 900.00 MYR (at current about 197.00 Euro). Stays from three to eight weeks are discounted.

With two or more months rental, monthly rate is 2340.00 MYR (at current approx. 515.00 Euro).

These rates include water, standard satelite tv, dedicated internet, wireless connection, twice weekly housekeeping service, linen and towel laundry. Electricity is charged separately according to usage.

Please note that prices may be subject to change, apartment and building facilities may change. Contact us for specific rental terms, details and options.

This particular apartment is mentioned in a number of internet sources. This JediTours description is the homestay apartment's official main and most updated profile. In all cases the "Guest Information and Service Terms", available on request, is the most updated description.

Optional Facilities and Services:

Extended cleaning and laundry services, telephone, telefax, vehicle with driver may be optionally available.

Directly by Owner:

The 3 bedroom, 78 square meter apartment in Batu Ferringhi is available as a homestay directly by the owner. It is available exclusively for homestays of one week or longer or stays of one to three months, renewable.

Please note:

  • This is a privately owned, single homestay apartment unit. The description of this apartment unit's internal facilities is valid only for this particular apartment.

  • This description must not be construed as necessarily being representative of other apartment units in the same building. This apartment unit is not connected to rentals of other apartments in the Sri Sayang building.

Further Information, Reservations, Contacting the Apartment Unit Homestay:

Contact the apartment unit's owner through the JediTours » contact page. Please refer to Sri Sayang Apartment Unit Homestay, Batu Ferringhi. The owner or appointed management replies by email within 24-48 hours. Alternatively, phone +66 81425 3334 during office hours, Southeast Asia time (UCT +7:00). Your phone /voice communication provider's international rates apply.

As the apartment is available as a homestay and you are staying in the owner's vacation home, you may be requested to supply personal information as part of your enquiry and reservation.

How to Get There:

From the airport you can take a registered airport taxi (actually a limousine) directly to Batu Ferringhi (fixed price about 60 Ringgit), or alternatively a normal taxi (unfixed price about 50 Ringgit) which is available on the main street about 10 minutes walk from the airport. There, you can also catch a bus to town - yet it makes quite a lot of stops.

From George Town, you can take a normal taxi to Batu Ferringhi (unfixed price up to about 25 Ringgit), or you can take bus U101 for Batu Ferringhi (fixed price about 2 Ringgit). While the bus stop is about 200 meters from the Sri Sayang Resort Building, you can ask the bus driver to stop in front of it (however, when you get on the bus to go to town it is better to proceed to the bus stop).

Batu Ferringhi, Penang:

Batu Ferringhi is a strip of beaches on the northern coast of Penang, Malaysia. Along this famous beach area, there are numerous well-known four and five star hotels, small and large restaurants featuring sea food, asian and continental dining, cozy cafes and bars, souvenir stores, night bazaar, travel and transport services. If you are not going to the beach in the daytime, you might enjoy the local atmosphere in the village, where in variance to many other Southeast Asian small town locations, practically everyone speaks English.

The Malaysian island of Penang, the original "Pearl of the Orient", is located in the Straits of Malacca. It was first mapped by the Portugese who called it Pulo Pinaom, most probably due to the abundance of the "pinang" betel nut trees. Later the British estabished a trading post here, called it Price of Wales Island with its capital George Town (after King of England, George III). It features a very rich history as an international trading town, which is still shown by a larger number of majestic estate buildings and its charming old chinatown shop streets. Of course, modern shopping has caught up with George Town as well, for example the new shopping center at Gurney Drive.

Batu Ferringhi Spelling and Pronunciation:

The village of Batu Ferringhi is often spelled as either "Batu Ferringhi" which appears to be the official and most prevalent spelling, while other variations range from "Batu Feringhi" to "Batu Ferringi" and "Batu Feringi". While the Malaysian and Indonesian word "batu" translates to "rock" or "stone", it is said that the name originates from the Arabic word "ferringhi" denoting a western foreigner, so the term would translate to Foreigner's Rock. Of course there are a lot of tourists in Batu Ferringhi nowadays, however the story goes that viewing the beach from an ancient Arab ship's deck at sea, the large beach boulders were mistaken for people, that is the "foreigners"... Uncanny is also the similarity to the Thai word "farang" which is thought to originate from the Thai word for the French (which in most of Southeast Asia would naturally first become "farancais", then shortened to "farang").

Also Penang island's capital George Town is often spelled in one word as "Georgetown". While the shorter and easier "Georgetown" appears to be used quite often, it is, in fact, incorrect, the correct spelling being with two separate words "George Town" as it is also used in Penang's official Tourism page and Wikipedia.

Getting Around

Penang Bus System:
Currently you might want to spend some time in Penang just to ride the bus! The entire system, now aptly called "Rapid Penang" was entirely renewed and newly inaugurated 31 July 2007 by the Malaysian Prime Minister. I used the older version from time to time, and allow me to say that is really a delightful pleasure to use new system and its buses! 2 Ringgit to George Town. But - I seriously advise you to have small change on hand. I've seen drivers invite people out of the bus when they did not have the exact fare.

Car and Motorcycle Rental
If you are amenable to local motorbiking you can also rent a motorbike in town for about 20-30 Ringgit per day. Contact us for a reliable address. We advise caution when motorbiking. Never ride without a helmet. When needed, the apartment management can advise in a reliable car rental as well. Note that Malaysia and Penang drive on the left hand side of the road, which may take some getting used to. Driving rules, while civil, may be a bit less pronounced with more room for quick interpretation.

Car and Driver
A car with driver is available for trips to George Town, the other side of the island and for general sightseeing, at very affordable rates. A trip to Georgetown is about 25 Ringgit. Sightseeing trips depend on locations and time spent. Contact us for details.

Further Information about Penang and Batu Ferringhi:

The Tourism Action Council has made a superb web site that offers not only tourist information for Penang, and its homestay programme but also details on attractions, events, festivals, accomodations and Malaysia as a second home, just to name a few.

The MalaysiaSite offers a good page on Batu Ferringhi with a view of the Rasa Sayang garden which is just opposite of the Sri Sayang Resort.

PenangPage offers a very nice overview with images on Batu Ferringhi with lots or personal comments, opinions and reviews that google considers totally unimportant, but in our opinion shows characterises the village quite well. Not to mention that the second large image shows the Batu Ferringhi bay vista from the Sri Sayang Resort Building, albeit from a much higher floor than the Homestay's tenth floor.

Cuti ("Freetime" in Malaysian) offers a short, yet colorful description of Batu Ferringhi's Sidewalk Night Bazaar and handicraft souvenir shops.

On the same topic, AllMalaysia has a short article about the Batu Ferringhi's Night Market. The village may be too small to accommodate the claimed 1,000 night market stands, however, the night market is a very worthwhile batu Ferringhi attraction.

The site Away features a number of hotels and vacation rentals in Batu Ferringhi as well as in other places.

VirtualMalaysia has an extensive description of Batu Ferringhi Beach with history, people, food, events & festivals and travel advice.

Penang Interesting Sights and Experiences:

Aside from taking it easy at the homestay, the beach and the local scene in Batu Ferringhi, there's quite a lot to do and see in Penang.

To enumerate a number of the sights:

  • The Aquarium, Acheen Street Mosque, Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple
  • Balathandayuthapani Temple, » Balik Pulau, Batu Kawan, Batu Maung, Blissful Memorial Park, Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi, BORR, Botanical Gardens and Waterfall,
  • Cathedral of the Assumption, Cenotaph, Cheah Kongsi, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Chew Jetty, Chor Soo KongTemple, Chung Ling, Church of Immaculate Conception, City Hall, Convent Light Street
  • Dewan Mahatma Gandhi, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
  • E & O Hotel, Eng Tai Association
  • Foo Tye Sin Mansion, Fort Cornwallis, Francis Light Memorial, Francis Light Statue
  • Gertak Sanggul, Gurney Drive, Gurney Food Stalls
  • Hai Kee Chan, Han Jiang Ancestral Temple, Hock Teik Cheng Sin
  • Jelutong Expressway
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kek Lok Si Temple, Koh Seang Tat Fountain, Komtar, Kuan Yin Teng
  • Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Lim Kongsi, Loke Mansion, Lover's Isle
  • Mahamariamman Temple, Masjid Negeri Pulau Pinang, Moon Gate, Muka Head, Mukim Kongsi Mosque
  • Nagore Shrine, Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple, Nine Emperor Gods Temple of Butterworth, Nine Emperor Gods Temple of Penang
  • Ong Kongsi
  • P. Ramlee's Birth House, Pasir Panjang, Penang Bird Park, Penang Bridge, Penang Buddhist Association, Penang Chinese Girls' School, Penang Free School, Penang Heritage Trust, Penang Hill, Penang Philomatic Union, Penang Museum, Penang State Assembly, Penang Town Hall, Penang Turf Club, Penang Veterans Association, Penang War Museum, Permatang Damar Laut, Pulau Aman, Pulau Jerejak, Pulau Kendi, Pulau Tikus
  • Queensbay Mall
  • Runnymede
  • Sam Poh Footprint Temple, Seng Ong Beow, Sheikh Al-Hadi's Residence, Sheikh Omar Basheer Mausoleum, Snake Temple, Sri Krishna Bagawan, Srimeenakshisundraeswar Temple, St George's Anglican Church, St Joseph's Novitiate, St Xavier's Institution, Stadium Negeri Pulau Pinang, Sun Qiang Temple, Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base, Sungai Batu, Sungai Pinang, Sungai Prai Bridge
  • Tanjong Tokong, Tanjong Tokong Tua Pek Kong Temple, Tan Kongsi, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Kumbar, Teluk Tempoyak, Thean Hock Keong, Thni Kong Tnua (Jade Emperor's Pavilion), Titi Kerawang, Town Hall
  • Victoria Clock Tower
  • Wadda Gurdwara Sahib, Wat Chaiyamangkalaram, Wat Pinbang-Onn
  • Zemschug Grave Marker