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Kedah Tourist Attraction

 

 

Kedah is the most ancient state in Malaysia, boasting a history that dates back to the 5th century AD. The country's main rice producer, it occupies an area of 9,425 sq km in the north of the peninsula and borders Thailand.

 

The state is home to Asia's first Geopark, and the popular island resort of Langkawi where you can enjoy carefree days by the beach, snorkeling at the marine park or eagle feeding at the mangrove swamp. Mainland offerings include the world's longest tree top walk at Sedim and the ancient Bujang Valley archaeological site. Its capital city, Alor Setar, is dotted with historic building.

 

Kuah

 

Kedah is the most ancient state in Malaysia, boasting a history that dates back to the 5th century AD. The country's main rice producer, it occupies an area of 9,425 sq km in the north of the peninsula and borders Thailand.

 

The state is home to Asia's first Geopark, and the popular island resort of Langkawi where you can enjoy carefree days by the beach, snorkeling at the marine park or eagle feeding at the mangrove swamp. Mainland offerings include the world's longest tree top walk at Sedim and the ancient Bujang Valley archaeological site. Its capital city, Alor Setar, is dotted with historic building.

 

Eagle Square

Langkawi

 

Eagle Square or Dataran Lang is Langkawi's most prominent landmark for visitors arriving via the sea. situated near the Kuah Jetty, the main attraction of the square is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle majestically posed for flight. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or gelang. In old Malay, Kawi denotes reddish brown, hence Langkawi means 'reddish brown eagle'.

The square is beautifully landscaped and features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made of bricks. The square is beautiful illuminated at night and presents a dra,atic scene as you approach the island from the sea.

 

Taman Legenda or Legends Park

Langkawi

 

Taman Legenda or Legends Park is a scenic park with beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit trees. This 50-acre park has been designed and landscaped with exhibits detailing the myths and legends of the island. It houses 17 monuments, each with an intriguing story to tell.

 

Island Cruises

Langkawi

 

Island Cruises are a great way to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery of Langkawi. As your boat weaves through the watery passageways between the islands, enjoy the cool breeze and warm rays of the sun. A round trip around Dayang Bunting and Beras Basah Island takes about four hours. Alternatively charter a boat and enjoy a fantastic sunset with cocktails. Special itineraries with barbecue meals, snorkelling trips or excursions to other islands also be arranged.

 

Tanjung Rhu

Langkawi

 

Tanjung Rhu lies on the northern cape of Langkawi. Aptly named for its abundance of casuarinas, its enchanting beach affords magnificent view of nearby islands, which can be reached at low tide on foot.

 

Pulau Payar Marine Park

Langkawi

 

Pulau Payar Marine Park is situated in the northern part of the Straits of Malacca, 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi and encompasses the Islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca. The marine park teems with a fascinating diversity of marine life and vegetation. Pulau Payar is the most popular of the islands as its sheltered waters are ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming. Among the enchanting dive spots is the Coral Garden, an area covered with bright, multi-hued soft corals.

Visitors can get to Pulau Payar from Kuah Jetty by catamaran or speedboat. The catamaran takes about 45 minutes to get to Pulau Payar while the speedboat take about an hour. It is advisable to book the catamaran service a day before the trip. An entry fee to the marine park is chargeable.

 

Southeast Asia's First Geopark

Langkawi

 

Langkawi, which has the distinction of being the first geopark in Malaysia and in the region, has many geosites with outstanding sights for visitors. There are three geoforest parks in Langkawi - the Mat Chincang Cambrian is reputed to be the oldest geological formation in the country. At the Kilim Karst, one can view magnificently-formed landscapes from nearly vertical to subrounded karstic hills as well as pinnacles ofvarious shapes and sizes. The Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park boasts fine marbles.

 

Lake of The Pregnant Maiden

Langkawi

 

Lake of The Pregnant Maiden or Tasik Dayang Bunting, with its uniquely-coined name, is sure to enthrall you with its beautiful surroundings and mysterious past. The name of Langkawi's largest freshwater lake is attributed to the legend of a lovely fairy princess who married an earthly prince. Her first child died shortly after birth. she was so sad and depressed that she buried the child in the crystal clear waters of the lake.

Before she returned to her celestial abode, she blessed the waters to that any childless maiden who bathed in the lake would conceive thereafter. To reach the lake on has to get to the Island of the pregnant Maiden first and then take a short walk through the forest reserve.

 

Sungai Kilim

Langkawi

 

Sungai Kilim offers some truly unforgettable sights and experience for adventurous travellers to Langkawi. A tour that is bound to provide plenty of thrills is the boat cruise to Kilim Nature Park, an escapade to another world. Spread over an area of 100 square kilometres, Kilim Nature Park features a beautiful mix of well-protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons.

On the trail, along the calm winding river, you will be exposed to the wonders of the park's marine ecosystem and flora and fauna like the overhanging Bogak Trees, Brown Eagles, Tree crabs, iguanas and macaques. Enjoy the scenic and spectacular view of unique limestone rock formations emerging from the floor of the mangrove swamps and the sea.

These fascinating geological wonders have been dubbed the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens.

 

The Hole in The Wall Fish Farm

Langkawi

 

The Hole in The Wqall Farm is a 10-minute boat ride from the Kilim river jetty. Try your hand at feeding the tame stingrays at the fish farm. Located in the Kilim mangrove area, which covers about 1,309 hectares, the stingrays are fed half a kg of fish daily.

 

Durian Perangin Waterfalls

Langkawi

 

Durian Perangin waterfalls is suitable for picnics, a relaxing dip and recreation. This 14-tier waterfall, north from Kuah, is truly a sight to behold and is accessible after a short trek through the rainforest.

 

Temurun Waterfalls

Langkawi

 

Located within the Mat Chincang Nature Park near Datai Bay, the Temurun Waterfall is Langkawi's tallest waterfall. This seasonal waterfall is best visited during the monsoon season (September - October) as the water would be reduced to a mere trickle during the dry season. A refreshing respite from the hot and himid weather, this waterfall is clearly visible from the road.

 

Seven Wells

Langkawi

 

Seven Wells or Telaga Tujuh, located in the northwestern comer of Langkawi, is geological marvel. The waterfall is so named because the cascading waters are broken by a series of seven natural pools. The lush green forest that surrounds the waterfall adds a mystical touch to the natural splendour. Legend has it that fairies used to come down to the waterfall to bathe and frolic.

 

Cave

Langkawi

 

Cave in Langkawi worth exploring include Gua cherita which is easily accessible and situated only 30 minutes by boat from Tanjung Rhu. Inside are interesting rock formations steeped in fabled tales of mystery and romance. Look Out for ancient inscriptions on the walls.

Another interesting cave is Gua kelawar nestled in the heart of a mangrove forest. A wooden platform allows visitors easy access through the cave. Gua Pasir dagang, about 45 minutes by boat from Kuah, has a shallow stream running right through the cave. the boat journey to the cave itself is an adventure of sorts Guides can be engaged for cave expeditions.

 

Craft Cultural Complex

Langkawi

 

Craft Cultural Complex is located on the northern coastline of Langkawi in the vicinity of Teluk Yu, about 30 minutes' drive from the airport of 45 minutes from Kuah Town. Nestled on a hillside overlooking the sea, this magnificent complex offers a wide range of Maalysia handicraft such as delicate hand-drawn batik and intricately-carved silverware.

 

Oriental Village

Langkawi

 

Oriental Village Overlooking beautiful Burau Bay, it is one of the region's most unique shopping, cultural and culinary destinations. Specially designed to provide a new concept in resort duty-free shopping, the Oriental Village also houses fine-themed restaurants, reflecting Asia's culinary delights. Located at Burau Bay, it is a 15-minute drive from the Langkawi International Aiprot.

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (daily)

 

6D Cinemotion @ Oriental Village

Langkawi

 

Oriental's Village latest attraction is the first outdoor entertainment 6D cinema in Aisa. A unique combination of 3D stereoscopic movie and 5D special effect seats, it take the movie-watching experience on a whole new level.

Opening hour: 9am - 8pm (daily)

 

Air Hangat Village

Langkawi

 

Air Hangat Village is situated on four acres of land about 14 km north-west of Kuah. This modern complex is constructed around a 3-tier fountain believed to spring out warm curative waters, next to a riverstone mural depicting the legends that enshroud this location. Browse through the souvenir shops and enjoy the cultural performances held here.

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

 

Atma Alam

Langkawi

 

Atma Alam Batik Art Village, Langkawi's original art village in Padang Matsirat highlights Malaysian art and culture. Individual or groups are welcomed to be a part of the batik workshop. Original batik and oil paintings are for sale and can be specially requested.

Opening Hours: 9am - 6.am (daily)

 

Duck Tour Land & Water Adventure

Langkawi

 

Dubbed Langkawi's most unsual cruise, the Duck Tour takes you can on an exciting ride from Oriental Village to the water's edge at Telaga Harbour before it dives in with a splash. The 45-minute ride then takes you on a quick cruise around the marina and Kok Bay.

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

 

Thing to Do, Sights to See

Besides the sun, sea and sail factor, there are many activities awaiting you in Langkawi. These include simple jungle treks, guided bird watching outings, kayaking through mangroves and mountain walks. For the more adventurous, there is the Langkawi canopy Adventures. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the ride of their lives along wire cables strung between tail trees high up in the rainforest canopy. The view from the rainforest canopy is simply magnificent. for Something different, try horse riding in the pristine rainforests, passing by rubber estates, golf courses and villages. Spot interesting flora and fauna along the way, or rest alongside the cool mountain stream. Horse riding along the beach is also available.

 

Galeria Perdana

Langkawi

 

Galeria Perdana about 11 km from Kuah, houses an impressive collection of over 2,500 state gifts and awards presented to the former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali. The exhibits at the gallery include crystalware and  gifts fashioned out of wood, leather, silver, copper, pewter, ceramics and glass. There are also musical instruments, islamic arts and crafts, textiles and weapons. Be inspired by the intricate Islamic architectural designs which adorn the gallery's ceiling.

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm (daily except on school / public holidays - 6pm)

 

Laman Padi Langkawi

Langkawi

 

Laman Padi Langkawi highlights the history, heritage and development of paddy cultivation as the oldest agricultural industry in Malaysia. Among thr attractions here is a rice museum displaying artefacts, Charts and photographs depicting the significance of paddy cultivation in the county. For the uninitiated, try your hand at paddy planting using both traditional and modern methods of cultivation. There is also a restaurant offering popular traditional Malay recipes and local delicacies, which are prepared using rice at the main ingredient.

 

Kota Mahsuri

Langkawi

 

Kota Mahsuri with its fabled and historical past is a significant site on the island that has been preserved for posterity. Located about 12 km from Kuah, this memorial is erected in honour of Mahsuri, a fair maiden who had been unjustly accused of adultery. According to legend, she had bled blood at her execution as a sign of her innocence in her dying breath, she laid a curse on the island, declaring that it would remain barren for seven generations. Fact or fiction, seven generations have since passed and today, Langkawi is a flourishing tourist destination. There is also a museum here where tourists can view a recorded interpretation of the Mahsuri legend.

 

Buffalo Park Langkawi

Langkawi

 

Buffalo Park Langkawi in Kampung Nyuir Chabang is an attraction unlike any other. Tour the whole farm and get busy with a host of acctivities such as buffalo riding anok riding, hand-feeding buffalo riding, anok riding, hand-feeding buffalos and hand-milking buffalos, plus a chance to taste a variety of buffalo milk products.

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm

 

Island Horses

Langkawi

 

Island Horses Take a fun horseback-riding tour around Langkawi No matter what your riding skill, there's bound to be a ride to suit you. Enjoy a range of delightful horseback riding experiences, from rope-led fun rides for beginners to adventurous jungle trails for experts.

Opening Hours: 7.00am - 11.00am & 3.00am - 6.00pm (daily) Closed on Mondays

 

Mardi Agro Technology Park

Langkawi

 

Mardi Agro Technology Park is an agricultural technology information centre complete with a sheltered hi-tech vegetable farm and recreation spots. While there, don't forget to visit the tropical fruit farm comprising more than 20 seasonal and non-seasonal tropical trees.

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm

 

Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi

 

Langkawi Cable Car Enjoy an exhilarating cable car ride to the top of Gunung Mat Chincang. Visitors can enjoy marvellous views of the Andaman Sea and the Langkawi island group, as well as breathtaking sights such as overhanging cliff walls and isolated pinnacles. With a length of 919.50 m, the Langkawi Cable car has been recognised as' The Longest Free Span Single Rope Cable Car' by the Malaysia Book of Records. It also has one of the steepest gradients in the world, at 42o.

At the middle and top stations, walking trails and viewing platforms are available for visitors to further enjoy the panoramic views. Langkawi Cable Car is situated at the Oriental Village in Burau Bay, about 30 minutes away from Kuah town. After the ride, drop by at the Oriental Village to browse through the assortment of souvenirs.

Opening Hours: 10.00am - 7.00pm (Mon, Tue & Thurs); 9.30am - 7.00pm (Wed)

 

Go-Kart Racing

Langkawi

 

Langkawi's Morac International Karting circuit offers visitors the exhilarating go-karting experience on an international standard track. This legendary cicuit has played host to many world-class karting events. Equipped with an upgraded computerised timing system, this state-of-the-art circuit offers even more thrills and challenges for go-kart enthusiasts. Located in Padang Matsirat, this pioneering race track also caters for corporate functions.

 

Underwater World Langkawi

Langkawi

 

Underwater World Langkawi features the island's rich tresure trove of marine life. Located at the popular Cenang Beach, this aquarium features more than 5,000 types of aquatic life, exhibited in more than 100 tanks of different sizes. The highlight is a giant tank housing large marine species such as sharks, stingrays, moray eels and green turtles, with a 150metre tunnel for visitors to walk through. Watch these magnificent underwater creatures at feeding time.

At the New Wing, visitors have the chance to view the latest additions to the Underwater world - penguins and seals!~ The penguins include Sub-Antarctic Rockhoppers and include Black-footed species form Africa. The former is fed at 11.30am and 3.30pm, while the latter at 9.30am and 2.30pm. The harbour seals are fed at 11.00am and 3.00pm daily. Drop by these hours for a delightful experience! This new facility also has a three-dimensional (3D) theatre that airs informative documentaries on the island's marine life.

Opening Hours: 10.00am - 6.00pm (daily), 9.30am - 6.30pm (during public holidays)

 

Langkawi Wildlife Park

Langkawi

 

Langkawi Wildlife Park is home to over 2500 birds and more than 150 exotic and rare bird and animal species. It is the first in Asia with a fully-covered walkway animal park. A souvenir shop is also available.

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 6.00pm (daily)

 

Crocodile Adventure land Langkawi

Langkawi

 

Crocodile Adventure land Langkawi or Taman Buaya, located at Kubang Badak, some 32km from Kuah, is home to more than 1,000 crocodiles of various species. Here, one can witness and photograph crocodiles and alligators playing and feeding in a controlled environment that closely resembles their natural habitat.

Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm (daily)

 

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC)

Langkawi

 

Royal Langkawi yacht Club (RLYC), situated within walking distance from Kuah Jetty is an exclusive establishment with a beautiful clubhouse. There is also a fully-equipped marina comprising 51 berths that can accommodate a variety of vessels including sailing keels, deep hull boats and even 60-metre mega yachts. The Club has extensive facilities which include a waterfront swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, deep-sea fishing facilities, sailing facilities, scuba diving facilities, jet-skiing facilities and speedboat facilities, and yacht chartering service. You can hire the Club's luxury motor yacht, Putri Maimunah, for a discovery or sunset tour of the beautiful Langkawi islands. For diners, RLYC is the perfect place to enjoy a long cool drink and a delightful meal in relaxing surroundings. Breathtaking views of Langkawi's beautiful islands and sunset can be enjoyed from its beachfront restaurant called Charlie's Place or from the captain's deck, its fine dining restaurant. The above facilities are open to the public. RLYC is also the organiser of the annual Royal Langkawi International Regatta.

 

Telaga Harbour Park

Langkawi

 

Telaga Garbour Park has an array of facilities such as the Petronas and Perdana quay, customs house, harbour office and the headland watchtower. There is also a bank and business centre with Internet access. A basin area of 27 acrea was created and designed for public berthing for vessels of various sizes. A number of berths are allocated for term lease or tenancy.

 

Rebak Island

Langkawi

 

Rebak Island Resort is the only development on a small private island located just off Langkawi's main beachfront of Cenang Beach. This development includes a safe and protected modern marina, a luxury resort and facilities for boat servicing and repair.

 

Resort World Langkawi

Langkawi

 

Resorts World Langkawi noted for its Mediterranean architecture and as a terminal for ocean-going cruise ships, features a hotel restaurants and shops lining the waterfront as well as small marina. Several sailing and boating charters operate from the marina and sunset cruses around nearby islands are particularly popular.

 

Bujang Valley Archaeology Museum

Merbok

 

Welcome to the richest archaeological site in the country. Bujang Valley was a thriving Hindu-Buddhist civilization and Southeast. Asian trading centre from the 3rd to 12th century AD. Nearly 1,000 artifacts have been recovered from this buried civilization and exhibited in the Bujang Valley Archaeology Museum. They include earthen ware, beads, ceramics and photographs. More than 50 Candis or ancient temples have unearthed since 1997.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm closed on Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Adiladha

 

Tree Top Walk / Sungai sedim

Kulim

 

Appreciate the beauty of nature as you walk among towering trees and lush canopies in Sedim at the Gunung Inas forest Reserve. Observant may see birds, butterflies, hornbills and gibbons during the walk that begins at an elevation of 5,100mm above forest level. The highest platform of this 925m steel walkway stands at 50m above ground. Below the walkway is the fast-flowing Sedim River, a popular spot for white-water rafting.

Must do:

  • White-water rafting tubing and kayaking along Sedim River

~ The Tree Top Walk in sedim is the world's longest.

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm Closed during bad weather

 

Masjid Zahir

Alor setar

 

A Famous landmark in Alor Setar, Masjid Zahir features distinctive black domes - one main dome and five smaller domes, which represent the five tenets of Islam. The exquisite Moorish architecture of this mosque is similar to mosques in Langkawi, North Sumatera. It was built in 1912 by the Sultan of Kedah and is one of the oldest in Malaysia.

 

Sultan Abdul Halim Gallery

Alor Setar

 

The Sultan Abdul Halim Gallery is housed in the 87 years old, former Alor Setar high court. It features over 2,000 items from the personal collection of the Sultan of Kedah. On display are official  docuents, place attire and accessories as well as charts depicting the 1,200-year lineage of the kedah royal family beginning from 1136 to the present. After visiting this gallery, you can walk to nearby attractions like the Balai Nobat, Balai Besar, Masjid Zahir, Balai Seni Negeri, Pekan Rabu, Rumah Merdaka and the Alor setar Tower.

Opening Hours: 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday Thursday

 

Tun Dr. Mahathir's Birth Place

Alor Setar

 

Malaysia's fourth and longest-serving Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, was born in this traditional, one-room wooden house in 1925. Here, you can read about his life as well as achievements. Items on display include furniture, documents on family genealogy and school photographs. Within the ground are two exhibition halls, an auditorium and office, a souvenir shop and the first ice factory in Alor Setar.

 

Opening Hours

: 10.00am-5.00pm Monday - Thursday

 

: 10.00am - 12.00noon, Firday 3.00pm - 5.00pm

 

Closed on Monday except during school and public holiday

 

Alor Setar Tower

Alor Setar

 

A Prominent landmark in the city, Alor Setar Tower soars above the city skline at a height of 165.5m. This state-of-the-art communications tower is the 19th tallest in the world, and the second highest in Malaysia after the Kuala Lumpur Tower. From afar, the design resembles a huge bunch of paddy stalls that are tied together.

Must do:

  • Visit the Observation Deck at 88, above ground level to enjoy a panoramic view

  • Dine at the Seri Angkasa Revolving Restaurant

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 10.00pm

 

Paddy Museum

Kota Setar

 

The Paddy Museum is situated at the foothills of Gunung Keriang. The only one of its kind in the country, it resembles bushels of harvested rice stalks and has an interesting collection of paddy-related exhibits - from the tools that are used, to information on cultivation and harvesting as well as legends and taboos. A must-visit here is the observatory on the first floor, where a huge three-dimensional mural depicts amazingly life-like images of an agrarian community. The rotating platform here gives a breathtaking 360o view.

~ The Paddy Museum is the fourth of its kind in the world after japan, Germany and the Philippines.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm, 9.00am - 12.30pm, 2.30pm - 5.00pm Friday

 

Gunung Keriang Caves

Kota Setar

 

The Gunung Keriang Caves - Gua Terus, Gua Pelamin, Gua seribu Bayur plus several unnamed ones feature attractive limestone formations that will appeal to caves. The caves are about 8km from Alor Setar.

 

Ulu Legong Hot Springs

Baling

 

The Ulu Lagong natural hot springs offer pools with temperatures ranging from 38oC 49oC. Although it is open during the day, the cooler temperatures at night make it the best time for a visit. Many stay on until the early hours of the morning. Facilities include accommodation, changing rooms, seating areas, showers, restrooms and a 24-hour cafeteria. There is also a pool exclusively for ladies. Ulu Lagong is two hours away from Alor Setar and 30 minutes away from Baling town by car.

Opening Hours: 24 hours Pool maintenance is usually done in the mornings.

 

There's Much More in Kedah

More sightseeing and dining opportunities are available in Langkawi, Alor setar and other towns in the state. The Kedah Countryside is ideal for those who love the great outdoors.

Alor Setar

  • Alor Setar Tower

  • Balai Besar

  • Balai Nobat

  • Kedah State Museum

  • Kompleks Al Bukhari

  • Kota Kuala Kedah

  • Pekan Rabu

  • Royal Museum

  • Rumah Merdeka

  • Rimah seri Banai and Rumah Tok Su

  • Taman Jubli

  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial

Kubang Pasu

  • Bukit Wang Recreational Park

  • Darul Aman Theme Park

  • DXN Farm

  • Lye Huat Garden

Sungai Petani / Kuall Muda

  • Lembah Bujang Archaeology Museum

  • Pantai Merdeka

  • sungai Merbok

  • Tanjung Dawai

  • The carnival Cinta Sayang Theme Park

Baling

  • Hutan Lipur Bukit Hijau

  • Lasor Eco Park

Kulim / Bandar Bahru

  • Hutan Lipur Air Terjun Junjung

  • Hutan Lipur Sungai sedim

  • Hutan Lipur Ulu Paip

Yan

  • Air Terjun seri Perigi

  • Gunung Jerai

  • Hutan Lipur Batu Hampar

  • Pantai Murni

  • Rekreasi Titi Hayun

 

Sik

  • Hutan Lipur Lata Bayu

  • Hutan Lipur Lata Mengkuang

  • Hutam Lipur Peranginan Sik

  • Ladang Anggur Tasik Beris

  • Ulu Muda Eco Park

Pendang

  • Hutan Lipur Sungai Rambai

  • Pedang Lake Resort

  • Puncak Janing

Bukit Kayu Hitam

  • Duty Free Zone

Langkawi

  • Buffalo Park

  • Eagle Square

  • Galeria Perana

  • Geopark

  • Kompleks Kraf

  • Kota Mahsuri

  • Kuah Town

  • Laman Padi

  • Langkawi Cable Car

  • Langkawi Duck Tours

  • Oriental Village

  • Pulau Payar Marine Park

  • Seven Wells Waterfall

  • Sungai Kilim

  • Tasik Dayang Bunting

  • Underwater World

  • Wildlife Park

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Kedah is a firm favourite among Malaysian shopping go duty-free shopping in Landkawind stock up on imported confectionery, crockery, apparel, cigarettes as well as alcoholic beverages. Duty-free outlets are not only found on the island but an the border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam as well, You can also head for shopping malls, deparment stores, retail outlets, boutiques and bazaars such as Pekan Rabu where you can purchase handicrafts and foodstuffs.

Popular shopping spots:

Alor Setar

  • Alor Setar Mall

  • City Plaza

  • Glant

  • Pekan Rabu

  • Souq Albukhari

  • Star Parade Tesco Alor Setar

  • Tesco stargate

  • Ukir Mall

Bujut Kayu Hitam

  • Duty free Zone

Sungai Petani

  • Amanjaya Mall

  • Billion

  • Central Square

  • Econsave

  • Glant

  • Lagenda Height Tesco

  • Parkson Ria

  • SP Plaza

  • SP South Tesco

  • Village Mall

Langkawi

  • Haji Ismail Group

  • idaman Suri Sdn. Bhd.

  • Kompleks Jeti Point

  • langkawi Fari

  • Langkawi Mall

  • Langkawi Parade

  • Oriental Village

  • Padang Matsirat

  • Pantai Chenang

Dining

Try the delicious northern delicacies of Kedah and sample traditional delicacies like the laksa Kuala Kedah, gulai rebung, pekasam or nasi ulam. There are local cooffee shops as well as western and fast food restaurants aplenty in major towns where you can also try vegetarian food at the Chinese restaurants. In the evenings, you can head towards Tanjung Dawai and enjoy the popular ikan bakar (grilled fish) as well as other seafood dishes. Kedah also offers delectable Thai food.

Authentic local favourites:

Laksa Kuala Kedah

Tickle your tastebuds with this local speciality - a delightful dish made from rice vermicell noodles and aromatic fish gravy. It is garnished with cucumber, onion and herbs. Unlike other types of laksa, laksa Kuala Kedah has additional ingredients like eels, spicy shredded coconut and boiled eggs.

Pekasam

This pungent delicacy is made from fish preserved with salt, rice and tamarind slices. The longer it keeps, the better it is said to taste. Fried pekasam can be served with fresh chilli as well as shallots and eaten with rice glutinous rice. It can also be curried. Pekasam is sold at Pekam Rabu in Alor Setar.

Nasi Ulam

A vegetarian's delight, the nasi ulam is a healthy combination of rice, fresh herbs and spices. It is bery popular during the fasting month of Ramadhan. Gulau rebung or stir - fired bamboo shoot is another delicacy in Kedah.

 

 

Transportation

 

Kedah, one of the country's northern gateway, is 450km from Kuala Lumpur and shares a border with Thailand. To get here, you can travel using, road, rall or transportation.

Getting to Kedah

By Air

North Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia operate daily direct flights to Kedah. You can board your flights at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or the Low Cost carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang. The Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Lepala Batas is a 20 minutes' drive from Alor Setar.

By Road

You can take a five-hour drive Kuala Lumpur to Kedah using the North-South Expressway. Air-conditioned express buses to Kedah can be boarded at the Jalan Duta Bus Terminal and Puduraya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. These buses provide services to Alor Setar, Sungai Petani, Gerun, Jitra, Kulim and Bukit Kayu Hitam. Express buses and taxis are also available from all other states in Malaysia to Kedah and vice versa.

By Rail

The Senandung Langkawi express train departs from KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur daily and stops at major towns in Kedah such as Alor Setar, Sungai Petani and Gurun before proceeding to Haadyai in Thailand. Visitors heading for Langkawi should disembark at Alor Setar or Arau in Oerlis and proceed to the respective jetty terminals to arrange their transfers. The border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam is the entry point for visitors who are driving from Sadao, Thailand. There is an Immigration Office and checkpoint at the border crossing that is open from 6.00am to midnight (Malaysian time).

Getting to Langkawi

By Air

Malaysia Airlines provides daily direct air services to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur and Penang, while its subsuduary, Firefly, operates daily flights to Langkawi from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang and Penang. Additionally, AirAisa operates daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur. If you are in Singapore, you can get here via Silk Air.

By Sea

Express ferries provide regular services to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah in Mainland Kedah and Kuala Perlis in the neighbouring state of Perils. The ride from Kuala Kedah takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. Ferry service to Langkawi are also available from Penang as well as Satun, Thailand.

Getting Around

Self-drive

You can rent a car at the airport and explore Kedah via the comprehensive network of roads around the state.

Buses and Taxis

the main terminal for local buses, outstation buses and taxis is known as Shahab perdana in Jalan Langgar, Alor setar. You can get to various towns in Kedah and othe major destinations in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka, Kuantan and Johor Bahru by bus or taxi. Tickets must be booked in advance during festive and holiday seasons. In Sungai Petani, the bus and taxi terminals are situated in Jalan Kuala Ketil.

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