Sungai Petani - It is the second biggest city in Kedah which is considered to be the capital of Alor Setar. Sungai Petani is basically quite close to Penang rather than Alor Setar itself. This can be seen and is quite apparent as most of the buses plying in the city bear the Penang registration plate. It is also the second fastest growing town in Malaysia after Johor Bahru. The name of the city translates to Farmers River and this stands true to the theme of the city which has quite a lot of paddy fields and farmers in the state. There are about 10 lakh people residing in this city and has a good business community if you are planning to travel on a business trip here.
The most preferred mode of transport in the city is the local bus service operated and managed by City Liner. The buses are fully air-conditioned and provide decent facilities at economical prices. The most famous Operator plying on this route between the two cities is Inter City Coach. The duration of travel between the two cities is about 6 hours but this is subject to change depending on whether or not you encounter traffic on your journey. I booked by bus tickets from redbus.my. My Bus had just 25 seats thereby making space for a lot of legroom. I found the prices on the websit quite reasonable as the fares started just from MYR45. The bus leaves sharp at 8:00 am in the morning and if you are lucky, you will reach Sungai Petani by 2:00 pm in the afternoon. The distance between the two cities is about 403 kms, I found the Bus journey to be quite comfortable, and I experienced beautiful scenic views on the way. The other Operators plying on this route are Trans Nasional, Sri Maju Express Kangar, Plus Liner, Cepat Ekspress, Super Nice Grass Land.
Upon reaching Kajang I recommend you to try out Satay which is skewered barbequed meat. It is one of the most famous dishes of Malaysia. One thing that is worth noting is that the population of Kajang has grown quite rapidly in the past few years. The townships here are developing at a very fast pace and the nightlife here is just unforgettable. If you are in the city for shopping, you will be delighted to know that Kajang has a host of new and old shopping complexes. One of the most famous shopping centres here is the Billion Shopping Centre located in Kajang Town and has been around for more than 15 years. It has a new and larger counterpart in Taman Technology Kajang. In recent years Kajang has seen a great surge in the opening of newer Hyper Markets. These shopping complexes are also surrounded by foreign shopping outlets like Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds. One thing that I noticed was that travelling by Bus was one of the most preferred modes of transport here.