Merdeka Beach is a very well-known recreation spot among the locals of Kuala Muda town to have a picnic with the family or trying the available watersports activities around such as kayaking, boating and fishing. It is accessible from the town of Kuala Muda as well as Sungai Petani via Route 1 and K14 with a driving time of 40 minutes. The beach has a lot of facilities to make things convenient for its visitors such as the multitude selection of chalets and resorts, eateries, small shops, community hall and boats for rent which can be a very fun activity to enjoy the view of the beach.
From the main road, the beach is connected to the school, mosques and rural transformation centre. The number of visitors are pretty high during the weekends and school holidays, therefore the beach can be easily noticed from afar. Nearby the beach is the Tanjung Dawai town which is also accessible by boat.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to the Merdeka Beach. The journey could take up to four hours depending on the current traffic situation.
The nearest train station is the Sungai Petani train station. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, visitors can catch the Express Rail Link (ERL) train which goes to KL Sentral/Bandar Tasik Putrajaya/Cyberjaya/Salak Tinggi/KLIA route. There, one can board the Electric Train Services (ETS) northbound coach and stop by the mentioned station before opting for taxi or bus to go around to reach Merdeka Beach.
The nearest express bus terminal is the Ukir Square terminal which is located in Jalan Kuala Ketil. Take the trip directly to Ukir Square terminal from the integrated Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Sri Maju Express or Transnasional Express before opting for local buses to go to the beach.
Built to remember the tragedy of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the gallery serves to remind the lives sacrificed and destruction occurred during the incident. Upon arriving, one may notice the sampans or boats being stacked onto each other which is already becoming a trademark of this place. There is an exhibit of photos, art drawings from local artists and video montages that is played to the visitors for educational purposes in order for the new generation to not forget the history. In addition to that, there are also the ruins of the houses that have been destroyed when the tsunami waves fell upon the area.
Located at 18, Taman Meriah, Batu Dua, Sungai Petani, Kuala Muda, this homestay has a classic feeling with a very decent setting suited for families and groups of friends. Facilities include cable television, shower, bathtub, desk, hairdryer, kitchenette, refrigerator, parking and free Wi-Fi.
Big Banana Hotel is one of the established hotels here, a two-star hotel that can be found 243, Jalan Mawar 3/3, Taman Pekan Baru, Sungai Petani, Kuala Muda. This establishment has a good lighting that brings up the modern atmosphere and an elegant setup that includes facilities such cable television, desk, minibar, shower, early check-in, late check-out, restaurant, coffee or tea at the lobby, parking and free Wi-Fi.
A more sophisticated four-star accommodation with a luxurious air located at A-2, Jalan Indah 1, Taman Sejati Indah, Sungai Petani, Kuala Muda. The hotel is elaborate and splendidly decorated, with a huge range of facilities and services such as cable television, desk, hairdryer, in-room safe, kitchenette, minibar, refrigerator, shower, bellhop, doorman, laundry service, luggage storage, meeting facilities, restaurants, bar, poolside bar, ballroom and many more.