Sungai Setar (GPS: 5.14685, 100.44619) is a small Malay kampung in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan. It comprises five small hamlets that have been developed for the Homestay programme in Penang. For more details on the Penang Homestay programme, contact the Koperasi Pelancongan Pulau Pinang, at 6, Jalan Kampung Kaka, 10200 George Town, or call 04-250 5500.
Sungai Setar was named after pokok setar (Bouea macrophylla), the same tree for which Alor Setar was named, as it used to grow abundantly there.
Visitors to Sungai Setar can enjoy the sight of wide expanse of paddy fields which turn a brilliant leaf green during the growing season, and golden yellow during harvest. The village also has orchards where durians are grown. The village also manufactures mee, or egg noodles. Womenfolk make traditional delicacies such as banana pancakes, flour pancakes and cendol.
There is also an eel farm in Sungai Setar, along with a chilli farm. Traditional past times that visitors can join in includes batu serembat, a pebbles game played by young girls, and congkak.
How to reach Sungai Setar
Exit the North-South Expressway at the Jawi Interchange (Exit 156). Head south on Federal Route 1 until junction with state road P169 on the right. Go along P169 until you reach Sungai Setar.
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