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Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

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Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

Hi all,

We are finishing off our Singapore/Malaysia holidays with 2 nights in BF staying at the Parkroyal which is after we spend 3 nights in Georgetown.

Looking for tips for places to eat lunch and dinner (breakfast included at hotel) and also places not to miss seeing in our 2 nights there. Any tours that can be recommended? local sights around BF and any "best kept secret" places?

Thanks in advance :)

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1. Re: Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

From Batu Ferringi you want to do the northern part of the island. I'd suggest going to the Batik factory where they take you on a tour round the back and show you the different stages of whatever they're working on. It's fascinating if you've not seen it before. Then you're free to wander through the shop. They don't pressure you to buy anything so you can just go, watch, and leave. No charge. Then carry on up to the Butterfly Farm. They have an excellent gift area on the way out. Use the loos here. After this carry on to the Tropical Fruit Farm. You go by small minibus up to the top of the fruit area, and then your guide slowly walks you down the hillside stopping to show you fruits in season and how they grow and use them. Look for the dragon fruit growing from the tops of enormous concrete cylinders and with the fruits wearing paper coverings. Finally you end up at an area where you take a plate and eat as much fruit as you want, with a glass of fresh fruit juice. These three will fill a leisurely day. If you want to do more carry on over the top of the forest area and go down to one of the Malay villages in Balik Pulau. Very different with the smaller mosques and stilt houses. Suggest you organise a driver for the day for this trip.

On another day you might like to go up to the National Park. You can get there by bus and when you want to come back you can easily get a taxi. If you're energetic you can do a walk into the park, otherwise you can take a boat to somewhere like Monkey Beach and do a walk, say up to the Lighthouse, from there. Some people walk from the park entrance to Monkey Beach and then take a boat back.

You could also consider the Tropical Spice Garden but be prepared to get bitten by mozzies in there, and unless you know what you're looking for or take a guide it's just a jumble of plants. Their restaurant (path to the left through the gates - don't have to pay) up on the hillside is nice with good gifts for sale.

For eating in Batu Ferringhi make sure you go to Ferringhi Gardens. Turn right out of the Parkroyal and it's not far. Wonderful setting in a lush garden with the sound of waterfalls and enormous fish in the stream, and food good too. Only open in the evenings but they have a daytime cafe next door.

Hope this starts you off.

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2. Re: Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

The Long Beach Hawkers center (left out of the PR) is must do

As for what to see, have a look at this list --> tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g660694-Activi… and see what appeals.

We tend to do a lot when in Georgetown, then kick back and relax in BF.

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3. Re: Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

Definitely take the local bus up to the Spice Garden to have lunch at the Tree Monkey restaurant - it's only 5 mins on the bus and one of our fav meals of our trip to Penang (we had an amazing tapas plate, you choose the tastes you want to try). There is a great view too. We also enjoyed our tour round the Spice Garden. Then have a read on our JBR (title is something like " JBR from a couple of first timers in Penang") about the cycling tour at Balik Pulau - really loved this morning out on bikes, can't recommend it enough & you're back at the hotel ready for a swim & lunch.

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4. Re: Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

Thankyou for all your great tips, I've noted them down.

You all do such a wonderful job helping fellow travellers :)

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6. Re: Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

Thanks Francois, dinner beachfront sounds very nice.

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7. Re: Booked Parkroyal for 2 nights, what must we not miss?

A great little place to eat is The Living Room, just turn right out of Parkroyal, nothing fancy good food, great couple Ben and Amy as hosts, and if you are hankering for it they serve bacon as well :)

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