Sungai Petani or literally translated as Farmer’s River, is a town which is located within the district of Kuala Muda, state of Kedah, Malaysia. Being positioned 55 kilometers away from the capital of the state, Alor Setar, with Penang at its border, it is the state’s second largest town. Because of its close proximity to Penang, Sungai Petani together with the entirety of Kulim district till the Penang Island capital George Town, form the Greater Penang conurbation, the second biggest of its kind after Greater Kuala Lumpur. Administered by the Sungai Petani Municipal Council, the town has also experienced heavy industrialization in the 1990s with the influx of the multinational companies especially from Japan to set up plants around the town.
Small and medium industries to play an important part in the town, with semiconductors, television tubes, textile and wood products being some of the major produces. In the recent days, Sungai Petani is emerging as a center for business and commerce with the openings of malls, franchise stores and business enclaves. In addition to that, the town also has a rich history that is being leveraged for tourism purposes such as the Bujang Valley which is said to be the site where Raja Bersiong ruled upon the ancient Kedah, where the famed vampiric king folklore originated. Ecotourism and aqua sports are also flourishing in this town.
The nearest airport would be the Penang International Airport in the Penang Island. There are flights to the said airport from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go to Sungai Petani using public transportation.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to Sungai Petani. The journey could take up to almost four hours depending on the traffic situation.
The nearest express bus terminal is located at Jalan Kuala Ketil. Take the trip directly to Sungai Petani from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Transnasional Express and Seri Maju Express. From here, hop on a local route bus or taxi to go around town.
Located nearby the renowned Cinta Sayang Resort, The Carnival Waterpark is the center for all watersports activities akin to Sunway Lagoon in the Klang Valley area, but of a smaller scale and more catering for northern visitors. Some of the major attractions include Wave Pool, Lazy River, Tube Slides, High Speed and Body Slides as well as special pool for kids. Other activities that do not involve water are also available, such as wall climbing, horse riding, mini golf and many more. It is open from 11 am to 7 pm from Mondays to Fridays and from 9 am to 7 pm during Saturdays, Sundays, public and school holidays.
Bujang Valley is a prominent historical complex located thirty minutes away from the town of Sungai Petani. Being the richest archaeological site in the country, it features multiple evidences of Hindu-Buddhism polity that could be dated till 2, 535 years ago in some of its ruins. Further excavations have discovered the existing civilization and the Indian culture that has been adopted from as early as the fifth century. Upon arriving at the valley, one can find an archaeological museum where its main highlight is the well-preserved Hindu-Buddhist temple.
A highly rated two-star hotel situated at Jalan 2, Cinta Sayang Resort Home which is close to the various attractions around the city. It comes with a wide range of facilities and services such as cable television, shower, hairdryer, minibar, coffee shop and WiFi.
Another cozy budget accommodation around town, Apple Inn Hotel comes with handy facilities and services such as express check-ins and outs, desk, television, shower, parking and WiFi.