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4.1   (5,238)


Merdeka Beach (Pantai Merdeka) is a popular public beach with fine views of Gunung Jerai, good recreational facilities and attractions such as its unusual red mudstone and a British WWII bunker.

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Tags: Beach Picnic Swimming Historical

What to Expect?

Merdeka Beach is a seafront area in Kuala Muda District, Kedah. It is located across from Tanjung Dawai, at the estuary of Sungai Muda.

The coast is a popular recreational beach with fine views of Gunung Jerai, good recreational facilities and attractions such as its unusual red mudstone and a British WWII bunker.

The beach is well-known amongst the locals, usually being the place of choice for weekend family picnics and team building, but it is less prominent among outstation visitors.

Visitors can immerse themselves into the crowd at the beach and experience the liveliness of locals having a good time, or find a quiet spot amid the vast stretch of beach front to enjoy a quiet afternoon.

The coast are lined up with shady trees, with one of them being one of the oldest tree around.

In an up-close with nature, visitors can enjoy the tropical sun yet be cooled by the gentle sea breeze. Ample space at the beach means opportunities for group activities such as games and picnic, or simply go swimming in the relatively shallow waters.

Local operators provide water-based activities such as sailing, surting, canoeing, waterskiing and banana boat rides. For more adventurous visitors, island hopping to nearby Pulau Bidan and Pulau Song Song is available.

There is also a food court near the beach for the convenience of visitors to get their meals. The place is famous for its ABC (Mixed Ice), where enjoying the dessert with the sea breeze is quite a pleasure. In the evening, visitors can usually find food stalls along the beach with tables set out.

Basic amenities such as playground, benches, and restrooms are available too.

Pantai Merdeka is also a popular spot to view sunsets. The area has been beautified with a seaside promenade facing a bay known as Teluk Nipah.

Red Mudstone:

While here, don't forget to check out these unique attractions: At one end of the beach, at the foot of a hill called Bukit Penjara, is an unusual rock formation coloured red due to its iron oxide content. Fossils have been found in these rocks which date back 450 million years.

Next to the red mudstone stands a concrete pillbox said to have been built by the British in 1940 to defend this coastline from Japanese landings. Unfortunately, the inside of the bunker is dark and not quite properly taken care of. But still worth a drop by to see this historical relic.

Believe it or not, Pantai Merdeka is the only sand beach in the mainland Kedah, naturally it is the major attraction for beach goers from all over northern Penang and Kedah State.
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 Address:   8500, Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah

Everyday 24 hours


Kid's Pools

Wading pools to cool the hot day down


Complete playground facilities for the kids

  Reviews 4.1   (5,238)
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    a week ago

    Phone : Samsung S22 Ultra (Default Camera)
    Weather : Right after raining
    Time : 3 pm - 4:30 pm

    Feedback :
    - There's a little bit of wind breezing through
    - A lot of Hawker stalls around the area, a food court in the middle
    - Restroom will needs to pay (RM0.50 for toilet, RM 1.00 for shower)
    - Few Mascot will walk around or dance around the beach ( taking a picture need charge)
    - The Environment is very clean
    - Life Guard was always on duty.
    - Monkeys and Cats are friendly over here unless you make fun of them
    - Swimsuit, Life Bouy, and Life Jacket are sold in the area near the food court, too

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    a month ago

    The sunset is amazing!!! The view is breathtaking. There got a food court nearby, with a lot of food choices. There are some hawker stall selling food, clothes and some other things.

    However, the beach is not really suitable to swim. I went there on June, so I am not sure it might affected the tide and made the beach look unattaractive.

    I also went to Tanjung Dawai by boat with RM3 per person.

    I also have heard that there got paragliding activities nearby. Hopefully can try it next time I go there.

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    Ng Jia ying

    2 months ago

    Crowd... But the wind is not hot at least. Good place for family with small kid as has mascott, kite, small car. But hard to feel the relaxing of the beach

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    Ariff Affendi

    5 months ago

    Serene & quiet place..
    Throwback 30yrs ago.
    But the road is small and narrow.
    Made worst with wide deck lorry passing by.
    Might Scary for some. Not me thou

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    Nisa AR

    5 months ago

    Its a good place for recreational purpose. It is very clean, lots of food stalls, bazaar selling clothes, bags like a common night market and clean toilet facility. I saw kids entertainment ride (cute mini car and bicycle) with few OOTD attraction areas. Parking is paid through debit card/tng with automatic polls. Eventho it is very beautiful at night, food stall mostly started to close at 7 pm during my visit and not all pantai's walking pavement is equipped with lamp post thus it limits area to lepak already.

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