is dominated by seemingly never ending paddy fields. Kedah (and Perlis) is called the rice bowl
It's not the most visited parts of the country by foreigners,
but Kedah is actually
one of the prettier states in Malaysia encompassing a series of lush,
green padi fields, rubber estates and kampungs (village areas).
about 45 km south of the Thai border and 100 km north of Penang. It is
the last main city you reach if you go via the west coast to Thailand.
Malaysia's current Prime
Minister "Dr. Mahathir" was born in Kedah.
Alor Setar has a population of 220.000 people. The city is a major center for trade in rice and
rubber. It's also the residence of the Sultan of Kedah. Alor Setar is also home to many old buildings still standing
in their original form beside other relics of Kedah's past.
"Alor" or more correctly,
"alur" is Malay for a groove, furrow or main stream of a channel. In Tamil
"alur" means drain. "Star"
or "setar" is a plant with small, sour fruit (Bouea
macrophylla) also known as either "kundang" or "remia" in Malay. The uniqueness of these fruits is that when you
split the seed, each part is purple in color.
The capital of Kedah is approachable from
all parts of the Peninsula by all transport means. The West Coast South
Highway (from the Thai border till Singapore) brings you by car to Alor
Setar. The airport is just a
few kilometers away. The main train
station is a few minutes' walk from the center.
The main bus terminal, Shahab Perdana
is a bit outside of town unless you arrive from Butterworth (UTC or HRB
companies) in which case you are right in the city center.
One of the towns main attractions is the open-air market that peddles a variety of local handicrafts. Some modern structures
that carry historical significance include Balai Nobat, the Balai Besar, the State Museum and the State Art Gallery. Its rustic,
peaceful surroundings provide an atmosphere that anyone would enjoy.
Menara Alor Setar
the second largest telecom tower in Malaysia. It's located
in the heart of Alor Setar.
At the is a a restaurant situated.
This tower is a prominent and modern
landmark that signifies the rapid development in the state of Kedah. It
has two functions now: telecommunication tower and a tourist attraction.
You can take the elevator to the top for a sensational view of Alor
Setar and you can even see Butterworth and Thailand.
Masjid Zahir (Zahir
opened in 1912, this state Mosque is an architectural landmark as it is
one of the largest and one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia.
Built in the
tradition of the Moorish architecture, it has numerous arches and
columns that are an epitome of grandeur.
The state of Kedah's reading competition is held in the premises of the Mosque.
The competitors are reading than from the Koran.
"Pekan Rabu" which literally
means Wednesday Market which is located between City Plaza and Medan Bandar on Jalan Tunku
Ibrahim in the middle of Alor Setar. The complex is
well known among the local population and tourists from outside Kedah.
The business complex is not only the pride of Malay entrepreneurs in
Kedah but also the pride of all Malay's in Kedah. Moreover the Prime
Minister, Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir, once was a trader in Pekan Rabu. An interesting market
offering all sorts of Thai products and also prayer items.
This is the main bus terminal of Alor Setar and is located in Shahab Perdana, which is some distance to the Alor Setar town centre. This terminal provides services to and from most locations in Malaysia. To get there the best way is by intercity bus or taxis.
||Known in the olden
days as Kedah Peak, this mountain, at 1200 metres above sea
level, is a massive limestone outcrop and the highest peak in
the State of Kedah. From its summit, one can get spectacular
view of the rolling rice fields, the islands of Penang and
||Situated in the heart
of Gunung Inas Virgin Forrest Reserve in Baling, this
recreational forrest is untouched and the one can find abundant
varieties of flora and fauna. Picnicking at its sever-tier
crystal clear waterfall is another major attraction.
||The State's favourite
beach on the mainland. It is situated in the Kuala Muda destrict.
|Taman Rekreasi Gunung
||Situated 12 kilometres
from Alor Setar, juggle tracking and camping are the most
favourite activies of its visitors. Cave explorers would find
the nearby Gunung Keriang an added adventure that is worth an
About 80 kilometres from Alor
Setar and only 5 kilometres from the Malaysian-Thai border, it
offers a back-to-basics vacation with international-class resort
accomodation. Secluded within the greenery of the thick tropical
rainforest are traditional villages-styled chalets complete with
is a limestone outcrop in
the middle of flatland of padi (rice) fields in Alor Setar. It just seem
to come out of nowhere with no surrounding hills or other formations.
Just 10 minutes drive from downtown Alor Setar it is very accessible and
part of the hill area have been developed as a recreation area. You can
practically drive right to the foot of some climbing routes.
The history (legend) of Gunung Keriang is
quite an interesting one. It is reputed to be alive and rotates every
year until the English pegs it.