Batu Ferringhi Hidden Gems

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Batu Ferringhi Hidden Gems
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Explore the superb legacy that the colonial British left in the hills of Penang. Until today, Penang's waterworks are among the best in the country. Starting at Chin Farm, this trail will lead hotel guests upwards to the Batu Feringghi dam and an aqueduct, which is among the few which are still working till today, and end with a refreshing swim in the Batu Ferringhi river. Suitable for families wi
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Data lin
Penang Island, Malaysia3 contributions
Relax
May 2019
Very Relax environment, nice view and can enjoy very much. Relaxing walk is the most fun of the trip. Cold Weather too
Written 3 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MoPekoe
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions
Batu Ferringhi Aqueduct, Batu Ferringhi Dam/Waterfall & Chin Farm Waterfalls
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a relaxing ‘morning walk/jog’ or light hike type activity, where the loop trail is about 6-7km.

Fitness level required: Low, flat terrain.

Attractive features: Serenity, peace, calm, pre-war rustic colonial heritage building structures within the catchment area, bathe under dam waterfall, bathe under various waterfalls and stream rock pools, mix of secluded tarred road, light forest ferny trail, and main road.

The trail is through the Penang Water Authority (Malay: Perbadanan Bekalan Air (PBA)): Penang water supply agency) water catchment and processing area. The catchment area is called “Batu Ferringhi Aqueduct”, and associated with it, “Batu Ferringhi Dam” (also known as “Batu Ferringhi Waterfall”). The dam is a small one, more of a weir. The dam/waterfall is in an area in Batu Ferringhi unofficially called “Chin Farm” because of a small freshwater fish farm there that draws on the stream water in that area of streams, waterfalls and stream rock pools.

This trail is through secluded, quiet tarred road within the restricted access catchment area, light wild forest trail, then normal coastal main road looping back to the starting point (assuming you parked your car at the starting point).

The PBA aqueduct, catchment and dam area is a restricted controlled access area. But, if you are a casual stroller or jogger, the PBA is quite flexible to let you access, traverse through, on the basis that they trust you to behave yourself.

On getting to starting point. If by bus, assuming you start from Georgetown, take the government “Rapid Transit” public bus from the town bus terminus (“Komtar” or “Pengkalan Weld” (Weld Quay) to Batu Ferringhi. Buses to “Batu Ferringhi” or “Telok Bahang” (one village westwards beyond “Batu Ferringhi”) will get you there. Alight at the “Holiday Inn Resort” hotel at Batu Ferringhi, along the main coastal road. (This is the area of the Batu Ferringhi night market.) The hotel is on the sea-side. Cross the main road to the land-side directly opposite. Walk upslope on “Jalan Sungai 1”. Further upslope, you will see Uplands International School on right, at junction. Turn right at this junction. Go past this school. Further uproad/slope, you see a fenced-up “Pasar Batu Ferringhi” (Batu Ferringhi Market), a building complex with carpark. I think this is an unused market building complex, looks abandoned and empty. Near this building complex, you see a cul-de-sac, and a blue-colored guardhouse, and a gate. This is the PBA guardhouse into the catchment area. There may or may not be a guard there. If no guard, you will see a sign-in register book, sign-in here.

If you drove, park your car at this cul-de-sac. Morning walkers park their cars in this unofficial carpark.

You are on a tarred road. The high ground water catchment area transports you to a serene calm world of its own. Observe the raw unprocessed water flowing in the white aqueduct. Observe the rustic classic white water-control building structures. Enjoy the serenity. You may meet some bullying, aggressive monkeys along the tarred road. Do not show that you are intimidated by them, or they will bully and harass you. Meet aggression with aggressive. Fight fire with fire. Growl at them. Stomp your feet. A hiking pole will be useful, not to hurt them, but to ward them off. Do not cower.

You come to a fork, as marked by a classic cannon on elevated ground. Detour upslope to take the cannon direction, follow the road. When done, return to this cannon junction, to continue.

When back to the cannon landmark, continue on the main tarred road.

You will come to a tranquil dammed stream. This is “Batu Ferringhi Dam/Waterfall”. A mini-dam, a weir. There may or may not be waterfall water flow depending on whether it is dry or wet season. This is, sort of, the start of the so-called “Chin Farm” area of mini-waterfall cascades, stream pools. Descend from the dam top, to the rocky stream bed bottom (parts of it above water, but slippery, be careful), via a steep path. If the waterfall and stream water are in full flourish typically in the wet/rainy season, picnic, bathe, relax here. Enjoy the natural serenity.

To carry on beyond the dam, stand on the rocky stream bed, your back to the dam, facing downstream. Turn right, follow the trail.

You will see an overhead huge fat water pipe, over a pretty stream rock pool.

You will pass a luxuriant area of ferns. Under bright sunlight, this green sea of ferns shimmers brilliantly, a beautiful sight.

Further, you see a dull water tower structure, and a broken fence perimeter. Beyond this fence, you exit the PBA water catchment area.

As you hike along the trail, you hear the sound of the stream on your right. Watch out for a rough access forest path that gets you to the rocky area of stream, mini-waterfalls and stream rockpools. This is the so-called “Chin Farm Waterfalls” (more cascades than waterfalls) area. This is a pretty, serene area ideal for bathing, picnic, photography and chilling. It may not be much in the dry season, but is quite wonderful in the wetter months when the water is in full flow. There is a part of the stream where there is a rock depression. You can tuck yourself into this cocoon of a depression, chill, and have the stream water gush past, caressing and massaging your body. For your information, the “Chin Farm” fish farmer’s house is downstream. You may hear his guard dogs bark.

Once you are done bathing and chilling, rejoin the trail. Continue in seaward direction towards the main “Jalan Batu Ferringhi” coastal road.

On joining the main road, turn right in Georgetown-direction to get back to the PBA guardhouse starting point, if you had parked your car there. If you do this, you would have covered 6-7km in a loop.

For your information, separate from the above hike, the “Batu Ferringhi Dam/Waterfall” is also the start-point for the “Batu Ferringhi - Bukit Laksamana - Penang Hill” hike, the longest, most arduous hike on the island, fitness level Medium-High, see my other Tripadvisor post on this hike.
Written 5 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joanna N
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Beautiful Waterfalls and Amazing History!
Nov 2018 • Solo
I am local but never knew about the beautiful waterfalls hidden in our own hills. Peter is a friendly and wonderful guide and knows a lot about the hiking trails in Penang.

The aqueduct is really an engineering marvel. I loved the hike through the forest and the perfect finish was a dip into the cold and refreshing river at the end. It was a piece of paradise, with butterflies flying everywhere, the sound of the rushing stream and cicadas in the background. It is the kind of trip you would want to do over and over again.
Written 12 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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