Independent Beaches of Kedah

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A popular cycling route in the northern Malaysian region is the trip to the beach of independence – Pantai Merdeka. This independent stretch of beach is a prominent spot along the Kedah coastline, right at the delta of the Muda River where it meets the sea.

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Typically we begin from the R&R just past the toll gates of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR, as the local cyclists call it). It’s a straight ride up from the Butterworth Ferry Terminal.

Straight roads and paddy fields greet you most of the way. Sam Cycling Blog Pantai Merdeka Kedah

As expected of a sleepy coastal town, fishing is the go-to activity and thus the seafood is abundant. Mee Udang is a readily available dish, although I’m told the place we went to (a hill away from Pantai Merdeka) is the best.

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And the best Mee Udang is actually at Pasir Salak, not Pantai Merdeka, although there is a stall at the food court there.

Pasir Salak is over a kilometre away from Pantai Merdeka, and is a little industrial zone with a little island (bemusingly named Leftover Island – Pulau Baki in Malay) just off the beach.

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Not letting sleeping cats lie.

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The road to Pantai Merdeka is fairly well marked out. However, there are a few alternate routes to reach the final stretch of beach, so definitely have a check beforehand.

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Along the way to Pantai Merdeka, there is a prominent monument to the victims of the tsunami that hit the northern region back in 2004.

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You can kind of make out the big stack of dinghies on the right.

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And there’s that sign pointing the right way.

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And now for lots of rider photos!

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