He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." - Jonathan Swift.

Archaeological evidence that goes back to the Mesolithic period showed that oysters were eaten by humans even then. These days, the world associates oysters with luxury. They also have a notorious reputation for being an aphrodisiac. While there could be many things that you do not know about oysters, one thing remains true: it is one of the best damn things to indulge in!

Ever wondered what fresh local oysters taste like? You should be delighted to know that there is an oyster cultivation farm right here in Malaysia!

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Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah
Enjoy Fresh River Oysters at Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah


Enjoy Fresh River Oysters at Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah

Bakau Hijau Farm is a family-run farm at Sungai Merbok (Merbok River) in Kedah where more than 10,000 oysters are being cultivated. The outlying oyster farm is located by the riverbank of Kampung Sungai Batu Besi at the Bujang Valley - an area known as the richest archaeological site in Malaysia. Ruins of a town dating back to 480 BCE were found near the Sungai Batu archaeological site. Read more about the findings and discovery here: This Malaysian Temple is Older Than Angkor Wat!

Bakau Hijau Farm has received several awards, including one accorded by Tourism Malaysia for the Best Tourist Attraction Award (Natural Attraction, Agro Tourism and Eco Tourism) for 2016/2017. So, you know that you are definitely in an incredibly special place, to say the least!

Bakau Hijau River Lodge Kedah
Bakau Hijau is an oyster farm located at Sungai Merbok, Kedah


A Relaxing Atmosphere to Build an Appetite

Upon docking at the floating farm, visitors will be given a welcome drink as well as a piece of oyster as an appetizer. It’s a chance to relax the mind as you take in the beautiful sights in front of you. Thanks to the mangrove forest surrounding the river, the waters of Sungai Merbok is a clear green. The cool breeze, soft river water and magnificent natural scenery will surely stimulate your appetite to prepare you for some fresh, delicious river oysters!

Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah
Bakau Hijau is an oyster farm located at Sungai Merbok, Kedah
Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah
The floating oyster farm at Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah


Oyster Culturing Process at Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok

Visitors can join a guided tour to watch the culturing process of the oysters. The culturing process begins when the oysters are as small as a ten-cent coin, before growing to reach a length of nine to ten centimeters. This process typically takes between nine to twelve months.

Each month, an approximate 1,000 to 3,000 oysters are harvested at Bakau Hijau farm. Many of us do not give much thought beyond consuming an oyster, so it will certainly be a wonderful and enriching experience to watch and understand the cultivation process.

Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah
The culturing process begins when the oysters are as small as a ten-cent coin
Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah
Oyster cultivation is a fascinating thing to watch and learn!
Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah, Malaysia
Around 1,000 to 3,000 oysters are harvested at Bakau Hijau monthly
Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah, Malaysia
Visitors can join a guided tour to learn about the culturing process of the oysters
Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok, Kedah, Malaysia
The biggest oyster being cultivated at Bakau Hijau
Bakau Hijau Sungai Merbok oyster farm
It's huge and impressive!



Bakau Hijau Oyster Farm Menu & Price

Next comes the fun part – satisfying your well worked up appetite! A small oyster costs RM5, a medium oyster costs RM7, whereas a big one is priced at RM10. Visitors can enjoy these fresh river oysters with a variety of special condiments such as chopped ground nuts, crispy fried shallots, or a chili-sugar sauce. Alternatively, stick to the basics and opt for a simple side of lemon to really bring out the briny flavors of these plump, succulent mollusks.

Bakau Hijau Farm Oyster Menu
Opening or "shucking" oysters is a skill!
Bakau Hijau Farm Oyster price
Enjoy the oysters with chopped ground nuts, crispy fried shallots, or a chili-sugar sauce
Bakau Hijau oyster farm Sungai Merbok, Kedah
Oyster shucking is a meticulous process
Bakau Hijau Oyster Farm Menu & Price
The price of the fresh oysters at Bakau Hijau are RM5, RM7 and RM10 for small, medium and big oysters respectively.


Life should be a series of moments to be remembered, and a trip to Bakau Hijau farm to take a break, have some oysters and enjoy the beautiful views of nature would certainly be a memory to be cherished forever.

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Bakau Hijau, Sungai Merbok

Address: Kampung Pengkalan Langgar (PL2), Mukim Bujang, 08100 Bedong, Kedah
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Contact Number: +6011-6323 9199
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Daily)