Bujanga Valley of the Dragons - Kedah Malaysia

As our boat meanders up the rivers surrounded on both sides of the river by dense mangrove swamps we may have opportunities to observe Monitor Lizards, Little Herons, Brahminy Kites, Sea Eagles and Kingfishers. Sungai Batu is sited at the base of Mount Jerai, once rich in magnetite, haematite and geotite.

Ancient Indian (Tamil) records from the Cangkam Period (200BCE to 200CE) specifically refer to iron imported from this area (then known as Kataram). We will visit several archaeological sites including its modest Archaeology Museum to observe artifacts retrieved from the digs. To date, 97 sites have been identified including a sunken ship, not far from this riverside jetty. They show the existence of a Hindu/Buddhist civilization that used the valley as a trading centre from the 1st to 14th century.

Join us on a fascinating journey to ‘Bujanga’ and let us together unravel the historical puzzle of a lost civilisation, considered as South East Asia’s most important discovery in several decades, almost a thousand years older than Angkor Wat and Borobudur.

Tour Description


Penang Island - Kedah - Sungai Merbok - Sungai Batu archaeological dig

Minimum no. of Persons


Place of Departure

Straits Quay Tourist Centre

Trip Availability

Specified days


Merbok River and its ecosystem, Sungai Batu archeological dig, site of the oldest civilization in South East Asia

Bujanga Valley of the Dragons ~ valid till 31st March 2017 (rates based on per person per package)


Thursdays & Sunday


8.00am to 3.00pm


8 hours


Light cotton slacks (neutral colours), walking shoes, long sleeve shirt (neutral colours), and sun protection


RM530 per person
Children under 12 years old RM296.80 per child


Minimum 2 persons maximum 12 persons.

Fitness Level

Average open paved corridors, initially flat followed with gentle incline both uphill and downhill

Rate above inclusive of :
  • drinking water
  • lunch
  • Guide
  • insurance
  • Boat ride in ‘Sungai Merbok’
  • return transfer to Strait Quay Tourist Center

Please Note:

* The client shall pay the expenses incurred when he or she asks for their personal purposes such as shopping, etc.

**Please Note that there will be a credit card charge on payment made. Conditions apply


8.00 am Pick up from Straits Quay Tourist Center

9.00 am Explore the Merbok River by boat and learn of the importance of this river and its ecosystem

11.00 am Visit Sungai Batu archaeological dig, site of the oldest civilization in South East Asia

11.45 am Arrive at Museum and tour their indoor and outdoor exhibits

1.15 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Return Transfer to Georgetown

2.45 pm Arrive at Hotel

Terms & Conditions:

Cancellation of tour

In any of the following cases the ground operator may cancel the tour;

~ In the event of poor weather conditions, or other circumstances beyond operator's control, and when safe and smooth tour operation according to the itinerary specified has become impossible.
~ When the client demands things that are beyond the reasonable scope of the details in the itinerary

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