Sungai Batu (GPS: 5.28591, 100.24073) is the name of the river as well as the coastal village on the southern part of Penang Island, Malaysia. Located between Bayan Lepas and Teluk Kumbar, it is one of those places in Penang that is still untouched by development, though not for long.
Most of the villagers in Sungai Batu are fishermen, and their livelihood was affected when the December 2004 tsunami hit the coastal areas of Penang. Nevertheless, the area has quickly recovered.
At Sungai Batu is a stretch of beach known as Teluk Bayu. It is the perfect place for a picnics. About fifty meters from the shore of Teluk Bayu is a small lake that was created some decades ago out of sand mining activities. It is now known as Tasik Teluk Bayu. Today new housing estates have sprouted in Sungai Batu. I can see a number of new double storey link houses being built here. At the moment, the village is living one foot in the past and another in the present.
The rocky estuary of Sungai Batu (23 January, 2005)
I first described Sungai Batu back in 2003. Since then, the area has undergone rapid residential development, which sits incongrously against the lay-back country life. There are now townhouses being built in the area which is still in transition from rural to urban.
Fishing boat in Sungai Batu (1 November, 2003)
My wife Chooi Yoke at Sungai Batu (29 November, 2014)
Going to Sungai Batu
Rapid Penang 308, 401 and 401E pass along the Teluk Kumbar Main Road. If you rely on the bus, you have to walk from the main road to reach the coast at Sungai Batu.
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