Kedah, together with the neighboring state of Perlis, are traditionally known as the “rice bowl” states of Malaysia. Vast stretches of rice fields dominate Kedah's panoramic landscape. Alor Setar, its capital, is home to many old buildings, which still stand in their original form as relics of the past. Kedah offers a pleasing rural landscape, which can take on different hues depending on the season of the paddies. Much may be hidden under the rolling plains of rice, for Kedah was once the cradle of an ancient civilization, the threads of which are just beginning to emerge from slow excavations of various historical sites found in the state.
Places of Interest
Situated in the town center, next to the main field (padang), this magnificent mosque with Moorish architecture was built in 1912. It is said to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the country.
Getting there: It is located opposite the Balai Besar and easily accessed by local transport.
Balai Nobat belongs to the old Sultanate of Kedah. The Hall features the Nobat, the instruments of the royal orchestra. It is comprised of gongs, drums and a traditional flute. These instruments are played on special ceremonial occasions only. The musical skills of the Nobat are generally passed on from father to son.
|A cluster of 99 islands just off the coast of Kedah, close to Perlis and just below Thailand. Langkawi, noted for its legends and beautiful views, is the most developed in the group. It features beautifully pristine beaches, abundant marine life and offers an idyllic retreat from the urban jungle. A duty-free port, this island of scenic, tranquil landscapes has become a favorite destination for local and international visitors|
Getting there: Langkawi is accessible by ferry from either Kuala Kedah (75 minutes) or Kuala Perlis (45 minutes). Ferries usually leave on the hour from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. There are daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur which land at Langkawi International Airport.
Located about eight miles west of Kuah, it marks the spot where Mahsuri, a famous legendary figure, was buried. In the vicinity there are souvenir shops, replicas of Langkawi tarditonal houses containing ancient articfacts, as well as a museum where tourists can view a recorded interpretation of the Mahsuri legend.
|Tanjung Rhu Beach
The sea front here is one of the most picturesque on the island. Located at the northern shores of Langkawi island, the beach opens out to the Andaman Sea and is well known for its post card sceneries. It is a popular picnic area amongst both locals and tourists.
|Getting there: All the sites mentioned above are easily accessed by car as Langkawi has an uncomplicated road system.|
Pulau Payar is a marine park located 19 nautical miles to the south of the main Langkawi Island. Its clear waters and colorful reefs as well as tame baby sharks make it a popular destination for snorkelers and divers all year round.
|Getting there: Just about every hotel and travel agent in Langkawi provides boat trips to this island each day. Sign up at the recreation desk and you'll be on your way.|
Located at Pantai Tengah, Langkawi's Underwater World has more than 5,000 types of aquatic life. It is the country's biggest oceanarium and has over 100 tanks of both marine and freshwater creatures. A popular attraction among families, Underwater World offers a most educational and exciting experience to both children and adults.
|Getting there: Situated close to the junction of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, it is a 10 minute drive south of the Langkawi International Airport. Taxis are easily available|
|Langkawi Cable Car
A cable car ride takes visitors to Langkawi's second highest peak - Mount Mat Cincang, which features a spectacular view of the island. On clear days, one can also see parts of Thailand to the north and Indonesia toward the south-west. The cable car ride up the hill takes about an hour and can be highly exhilarating. There are great views of the hillside flora and an occasional glimpse of the wildlife and spectacular birds.
For more details on places of interest, please visit www.visitkedah.com.my.