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Batu Feringgi is arguably the most beautiful stretch of beach on the island. Its mile-long beach is pure white sand and emerald green sea as far as the eye can see. Not surprisingly, it is considered "prime land" and is fringed by both swaying coconut palms and five-star hotels and resorts.

A popular tourist belt, it has long been considered by locals as a playground for the rich and well-to-do, probably due to the number of hotels and resorts that dot the area.

Guesthouse in Batu Ferringhi Penang

Lesser known to the locals themselves is the existence of a little cluster of guesthouses - smack in the middle of Batu Feringgi's scenic beach.

Unassuming with practically no promotion or advertising, the guesthouses are only listed on some of the more comprehensive budget travel guide books, relying more on word-of-mouth endorsements from satisfied guests.

They are not difficult to find - follow the little road beside Parkroyal Hotel on Batu Feringgi Road and a left turn along the beach will take you there.

The guesthouses look exactly the way they are - plain, simple and cheap. They are housed next to each other in an idyllic fashion not unlike the kampung houses in the countryside.

Most are family houses made of wood, brick and zinc, and are probably converted into guesthouses as an afterthought, to generate extra income for the household. The guesthouses are still home to the families that run them, and only the extra rooms are being let out.

However, even budget tourists will be spoilt for choice as there are five guesthouses to choose from in this hamlet of "shoestring paradise". They are:

With prices ranging from RM20 - RM80 per room (USD5.70 - USD22.00), these guesthouses are ideal for the "financially-challenged" traveller seeking to stretch his/her shoestring budget by the beach.

Expect no first class service and you will be fine. All the basic necessities are provided for: clean bed, decent room, hygenic conditions, fans and even air-cond.

Just remember that while your "financially-endowed" counterparts may be pampered with first class service and facilities in the nearby five-star resorts, both you and them will be looking at the same sunset.

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