Baling Hospital is a public district hospital in the state of Kedah. The old hospital was built in the year 1965 and operated until the year 1995. The newer hospital was built in 1993 and this was to accommodate the increasing number of population in Baling. It was completed in 1995, officiated by then-ruler Sultan Abdul Halim. The new Baling Hospital commenced its operation in January 1996 until today. It is located in the town centre of Baling, just a kilometre away. The district hospital is currently a non-specialist hospital with 160 beds, serving 140 thousand of people in Baling.
Driving to the hospital is the easier way to get there. It is just four minutes’ drive from the town centre. From the capital city of Kedah, Alor Setar, Baling Hospital is almost hundred and ten kilometres away, and the driving will take approximately one and forty minutes of driving via the North-South Highway.
Travelling directly to Baling from Kuala Lumpur is possible. Take a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Baling with a ticket that will cost from RM 30, depending on the bus companies. It is also possible to take a bus from Alor Setar by taking a bus from Cepat Express at Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal. There is only one trip to Baling, at nine in the evening and the one-way trip will cost RM 20.
There are daily trips from KLIA to Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas Kedah, about fifteen minutes away from Alor Setar. The airport caters to three major domestic airlines in Malaysia; AirAsia, MAS, and Malindo Airlines. From the airport, it is possible to get a cab to Baling Hospital but the trip is going to be very expensive. It is much recommended just to take a cab to Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal and get a bus from there. This is a cheaper alternative.
It is the one and the only tunnel built by the communist. This tunnel is located in the district of Baling and at the border of Betong, Thailand. The tunnel is the same with the tunnel that was built in Bentong, Thailand, the Piyamit Tunnel. Both of these tunnels were built by the same communist men. The story behind the building of these two tunnels still remains a mystery to most people in Malaysia, even the people of Kedah. It was said the tunnels were built when the communists failed their first attempt in an uprising, and these tunnels helped them to move in and out of Malaysia and Thailand. Other than that, the rest of the story is still an unanswered question. The surrounding area of the communist tunnel in Baling is now being renovated to make an easy access for tourists as the place has been gazetted as a tourism spot. The Weng Communist Tunnel is located about half an hour drive from Baling Hospital.
Another nature’s wonders in the district of Baling. This is a recreational forest that has seven tiers of cascading waterfall. The place is very well-maintained by the state government of Kedah with some facilities for the visitors such as a big carpark, a few huts and bins to throw garbage. It is located inside the Gunung Inas Forest Reserve. The access to the recreational park is easy as the road is paved with clear signage until the car park. At the waterfall, there are also a few pools that are big enough to accommodate visitors. The waters of the waterfall are crystal clear, not to mention that they are refreshingly cool. The Bukit Hijau Recreational Forest is forty-two kilometres away from Baling Hospital and the drive will take around fifty minutes, depending on the weather.
This hotel is located near to the Baling Hospital, less than a couple of kilometres away, and also to the foot of Mount Baling, just over two kilometres. It is a good hotel with a price of the room starts from RM 117 per night. All the rooms come with free breakfast but they do not have a free Wi-Fi connection, instead, they have a wired connection. The hotel is comfortable and clean, with great helpful staffs. The hotel does not have a lift in its four-storey building, so do keep that in mind before booking a room.