So, Hungry Ghost Month was celebrated in Sungai Petani (SP) too..
Chinese singing concert and operas, they are everywhere in SP for the wandering ghosts to see and enjoy during the month of Hungry Ghost. Remember, first class VIP seatings in front of stage belongs to the Ghost..;-)
When there's a concert, well there are food to eat too.. for the human, of cos.. The ever famous food they have are - lobak chien, chien hae chi, ban chan kuih, lai chee kang and many more..
For a real taste of Sungai Petani, visit the Farmer's Market which is held on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays in the center of town, beside the Sungai Petani river. A great place to sample locally produced Malaysian food at a good price. Im always there to buy fish, bunga kantan and whatever I needed for cooking my laksa..
I feel like its not right, if I dont write anything about the Clock Tower..
The famous Sungai Petani Clock Tower located on the main street, Jalan Ibrahim. The clock tower was built in 1936. The clock tower was a present from Lim Lean Teng to George V and Queen Mary to commemorate the Silver Jubilee.
Formerly known as "Kedah Peak", this forest-clad Gunung Jerai is a massive limestone outcrop that rises 1200m above sea level. As the highest peak in the state, it adds a touch of variety to the scenic flat plains seen throughout the area. It's located near Sungei Petani, not far from the island of Penang. When you're in Penang at the penang esplanade, you can see the Gunung Jerai (across the sea) on the mainland. I didnt know that, when I was small I always thought behind those mountain was USA. (So silly, haha..)
From the historical viewpoint, Gunung Jerai plays an important part in the history of Kedah. Even before the Malacca Sultanate became famous, Indian and Arab merchants were already making a beeline for the Merbok estuary at the foothills. There's a small indian temple at the peak of Gunung Jerai.
Today, Gunung Jerai is Kedah's premier hill resort and recreational park. On a clear day atop the peak, the cool, refreshing mountain offers spectacular views of the rolling paddy fields of Kedah stretching up to Perlis, and the islands of Penang in the south and Langkawi in the north-west.
By road: On the North-South Expressway, take the Gurun exit. From Gurun town, turn towards Alor Star.
Access to Gunung Jerai is two km from town and five from exit.
From foot of Mount Jerai to Peranginan Gunung Jerai resort. You can drive the 13 km route to the resort.
ACCOMMODATION Peranginan Gunung Jerai, Jalan Kaki Bukit, Lebuhraya Gurun, 08300 Gurun, Kedah. Open all year round.
Campers can bring their own tent.
My favourite market in Sungai Petani, situated at Taman Bersatu (formerly known as UTC Garden), You can find everything you need here and spend hours looking for clothes, shoes, watches, beautiful hairclips, handbags, etc...Me? I find something to eat before I start my shopping..You can eat almost anything here from nyonya cakes, dimsum, noodles, simply wonderfull and its cheap.
Picture 1 : Uncle and Aunty selling nyonya cakes
Picture 2 : Fish monger cleaning the fish
Picture 3 : Oh..such big salted fish head..
Picture 4 : Indian's Apom, tosai and chapatis
Picture 5 : Here come the train, I know its dangerous to cross the railway line, but I cant do anything but shouting like a monkey to them, not to cross the railway line..hehe..
Since the main road to Taman Bersatu closed for the double tracking railway line, you need to go to Pekan Lama and take a U-turn near the Indian Temple and CHinese Ti-Kung Temple.. Or you can cross over the railway track near Taman Petani Jaya.. Mind the coming Choo-choo train..
Dont feel like going for swimming at Pantai Merdeka beach then head on to Sungai Petani's the one and only water theme " The Carnival , water and land of Excitement" situated near Cinta Sayang Golf and Country Resort. The water theme was opened to public on 25 December 2006.
Opened everyday, but need to pay more on weekends, public holiday and during school holiday.
The rates : please refer to http://home.thecarnival.com/rates/water&landofexcitement.html
Church of Christ the King is located along Jalan Kolam Air adjacent to Convent Father Barre School in Sungai Petani, Kedah. It is the most distinguished church among the churches within Sungai Petani town.
Picture 1 :The Church of Christ The King, Picture 2 : Statue of Christ the King, Picture 3 : The Church Grotto, Picture 4 : My favourite hangout before school started. Picture 5 : I dont know whats that building.
Pantai Merdeka is Kedah's favourite beach on the mainland, its long, sandy beach attracts a heavy weekend crowd, not so much for swimming but more for paddling in and a spot of onshore fishing.
There are island-hopping trips to the neighbouring islands of Pulau Bidan, Pulau Telur and Pulau Songsong available on hired boats. There is a cave close to the beach where some historical artefacts have been found.
we visited Pantai Merdeka on a Sunday, and it was teeming with people, family outing, picnics and kites flying etc.
Gunung Jerai is a huge limestone mountain, and it is the highest peak in Kedah. Wherever we drove we could have a view of this sacred mountain.
Gunung Jerai is replete with history and legend. Tales abound of the infamous Raja Bersiong "the king with fangs" who once held court over the ancient kingdom of Langkasuka. Archeological digs revealed the existence of a water temple (Candi Telaga Sembilan) which many believe was the private pool of Raja Bersiong.
Apparently some high ranking British officers during the British empire had some bungalow houses perched atop the mountain.
There is the Sungei Teroi Forest Recreation Park halfway up the mountain, with its rare orchids and some animals.
A Museum of Forestry, at the top of the path leading to the recreation park, is of limited interest. And there is a hotel, Peranginan Gunung Jerai which has a restaurant as well as comfortable chalets.
See - i really think there is nothing to look around in SP - besides paddy fields, golf courses, and lots of new oil palms, and lots of housing estates.,....so here i show you the bus stops - smack in the city centre!!!
I guess this is the one very major must see in this small town.
It is the od clock tower enar the city centre. This clock tower apparently was constructed to commemorate the coronation of King George V - the Briish current QEII's father.
The Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple was finally renovated and officially opened on 10July 2011. Its really the biggest and most beautiful temple in Kedah state.
a fishing village about 2 km outside town. stand at the bridge and amaze at the quietness of the surrounding mangrove area.
This is a budiling depicting the British style...the Hongkong Bank buidling which is across the road from the clock tower