Sungai Petani is Kedah's second largest town and is located about 55 kilometres south of Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah, and 33 kilometres northeast of George Town which is the capital city of the neighbouring state of Penang. Historically, Sungai Petani has experienced heavy industrialisation since the 1990s when Japanese and other international firms began to set up manufacturing plants around the town. There are small and medium industries which play a part in the local economy, producing many products from semiconductors to television tubes and from textile to wood products.
Sungai Petani is easily accessible using the North-South Expressway (E1). From Kuala Lumpur heading north, it is about 400 kilometres. It only takes about 20-30 minute drive from Sungai Dua PLUS toll booth.
A bus trip from Terminal Bas Bersepadu (TBS) Kuala Lumpur costs around RM40 and takes about 5 to 6 hours of travelling time.
The Carnivall is a newly opened water park in Sungai Petani within the grounds of Cinta Sayang Golf and Country Resort. This is the first water park in Kedah and it was opened on 25 December 2006. The Carnivall is about 15 minutes from the Sungai Petani City and it is a water theme park in Sungai Petani. There are many pleasures and guests can enjoy a variety of games that available here. The price on weekdays is RM 25 (adult) and RM 22 (kid) whereas on weekends and public holidays, is RM 36 (adult) and RM 33 (kid).
Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim is about 30- minute drive from the town and is the world’s longest rainforest canopy walk with a length of 925 metres and a height of 26 metres up above the forest floor at its highest point. It was built within the low land of dipterocarp of Gunung Inas Forest Reserve. Visitors can enjoy the fabulous sight of rushing streams and truly fascinating flora and fauna in Kedah. It took 14 months to build and was completed in March 2005. This attraction is open every day from 9am to 5pm except during extreme weather condition like raining, lightning or very windy conditions. Visitors are advised to please wear proper shoes or sandals and please call or e-mail the person in charge in advance if you are bringing tour groups and inform the arrival time and approximate number of person.
Located in Kedah’s Taman Sejati, Park Avenue Hotel Sungai Petani features 204 beautifully appointed guest rooms with free internet access, air conditioning, wake-up service and desk. All air-conditioned rooms at Park Avenue Sungai Petani come with minibar and coffee and tea maker. Ironing facilities and safety deposit boxes are also available for guests’ convenience. The hotel also has easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks such as Petani Parade, Masjid Kariah Batang Gedong, Econsave. It also offers many unique recreational opportunities such as bowling alley, fitness center, outdoor pool, massage, pool (kids). Guests can also enjoy a game of snooker or sing at the karaoke lounge. Besides that, entertainment is also provided at the Piano Lobby and guests can dine at The Bistro and Lounge where a live band performs.
Located in Sungai Petani, Cinta Sayang Resort is about 48 kilometres from Penang International Airport. This resort also offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with free WiFi and every room and suite has a minibar/refrigerator, flat-screen satellite TV, seating area and an electric kettle. There is also private bathroom comes with a shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and free toiletries. Other amenities include 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, convenience store and daily housekeeping. Guests can also work out at the resort’s fitness centre or enjoy recreation facilities like a tennis court and karaoke.