The Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital is a public hospital located in Sungai Petani. The hospital started as a centre for the medical officers of Kedah, in the year 1920. Back then, the hospital was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by rubber estates and jungles. The hospital was renamed to Sungai Petani District Hospital after it was handed back to the British in World War II and the specialist services only started in 1974 with Obstetrics and Gynaecology together with Internal Medicine as the pioneers. It had just only 396 beds back then.
Due to the rapid growth of the Sungai Petani district thus increasing the needs of the bigger hospital. A new hospital was built, with 550 beds which cost 150 million USD. It is one of the most high-tech hospitals in northern Peninsular Malaysia. The hospital was renamed to Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital in 2006 when the building was transferred to the hands of Health Ministry. It is located just under five kilometres from Sungai Petani town.
Driving to the hospital from the town of Sungai Petani will just take about ten minutes via Badlishah route. If from the capital city of Kedah, Alor Setar, the trip is ten minutes under an hour to reach the hospital via the North-South Highway for a sixty kilometres’ worth of driving.
There are several bus companies that provide trips from Alor Setar to Sungai Petani every day. The ticket will cost RM 4.90 per one-way trip per passenger. The buses will leave from Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal in the town of Alor Setar and stop at the Sungai Petani Bus Station which is just six kilometres from Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital.
The state of Kedah is equipped with a small domestic airport, located in Alor Setar. Four major airlines have daily trips to the airport, with flights originated from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and also Subang Airport in Selangor. The distance between the airport to Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital is about seventy kilometres, with a drive that will take just under an hour. From the airport, one can take a bus from Shahab Perdana Bus Station in Alor Setar or get a taxi which is much easier but will cost extra.
This is one of the major attractions in Sungai Petani, a prominent landmark. It is located on the main street, the Ibrahim Road. The clock tower was built in the year 1920, by a Penangite millionaire, Lim Leang Teng and it was a commemoration to the reign of King George V from the people of Sungai Petani. Today, the clock tower is still standing tall, despite it is almost hundred years old. The clock tower is just six kilometres from the hospital and it is in the middle of the Sungai Petani Town.
An art gallery that was founded in 1998 by a Mr KH Tai. This art museum held art exhibitions from both locals and foreign artists, forums and seminars, not to mention activities that promote the arts and cultures of locals. The art gallery is open only by appointment, so do give it a call before getting there.
Just eight minutes away from the hospital, there is this perfect resort that rents out its room by the apartment. It has received an impressive overall star, at 8.9/10. The previous customers of the resort loved its spacious and comfortable rooms, the great calming environment and also the perfect view of Jerai Mountain. Some of the apartments are located rather far from the main lobby but they do provide a free buggy service back and forth. There are several types of apartments available, with the smallest one, a Deluxe two bedrooms, costing at RM 315 per night, to the biggest one, an Executive three bedrooms at RM 379 per night. All of the apartments bookings come with free breakfast.