Sungai Petani is a town in the state of Kedah, in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Sungai Petani is the largest town in Kedah followed by the state capital Alor Setar. It was founded in 1915 by Sir George Maxwell, the first British Adviser to Kedah.
The town is accessible through the Federal Route 1 and also the North-South Expressway. Sungai Petani has two highway exits while the Federal Route I runs across the city. Apart from that, it also has a train station and an makeshift express bus hub that caters to any destination within Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
Sungai Petani also has a relatively below average local bus service called City Liner, with air-conditioned red coaches.The express bus station is located not far from the Sungai Petani Railway Station. The railway station is managed by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad. Prior to the Ipoh - Padang Besar Electrified Double Tracking Project, The station had been upgraded and had been made as a major station meaning express trains will stop here.
The nearest airport is the Penang International Airport on Penang Island. Another alternative airport is the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Alor Star (the state capital of Kedah).