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Menara Alor Setar

Kedah is one of the oldest states in Malaysia and is a land of unique natural beauty surrounded by lush greenery and padi fields. Travelers will be glad to know that Kedah is currently in the mainstream of national development particularly in the tourism industry. In Kedah, visitors will be able to experience the varied attractions of its natural surroundings. Visitors will also find the beautiful Langkawi Island located in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia close to the state capital of Kedah, Alor Setar.


The state of Kedah offer visitors many interesting sites to visit. The capital has a range of places for visitors to see such as the Royal Museum containing numerous artifacts of Kedah's Royal heritage and rich historical culture. Visitors should also visit the Zahir Mosque, built in 1912, which portrays Moorish architecture. Other places of interest include the Nirkradharam Buddhist Temple, the Alor Setar Monument and lots more. 


Places of interest
Merdaka Beach

Merdeka Beach
Kedah also has many beaches of superb beauty. Located west of the state are beaches such as the Merdeka beach where visitors can unwind under swaying palms and enjoy the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.

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Langkawi Island
The tropical island of Langkawi consists of a group of 99 islands that are blessed with a fascinating heritage of fabulous myths and legend. As a natural paradise, the islands are perhaps unmatched in South East Asia in terms of its beauty. Visitors will find beaches with numerous activities such as a host of water sports, enchanting marine life beneath the water and caves with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Accommodation will not be a problem as visitors can find accommodations of all kinds, from those that cater for the rich and famous to backpacking adventurers. Langkawi is also a duty free island.

Langkawi Island


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Lembah Bujang Archaelogical Park and Museum
Lembah Bujang is the site of one of the earliest Hindu-Buddhist civilisations in Southeast Asia, dating back to the fifth century. Temple ruins dot the area stretching from Gunung Jerai to Sungai Muda, the most significant being the Candi Bukit Batu Pahat, which has been restored. These temple ruins and numerous archaelogical finds like ceramic and pottery sherds, stoneware and carvings, and gemstones and beads are now under the care of the Museum.


Bukit Kayu Hitam

Bukit Kayu Hitam
The border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam is located in the northern part of Kedah and is the main entrance to Thailand on the West Coast. Visitors will be able to find a duty-free complex here in the town. For those that love a bit of relaxation, Bukit Kayu Hitam offers a newly constructed golf course of international standard with 36 holes.


Rumah Kelahiran Dr Mahathir
The birthplace and childhood home of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, this traditional attap and wooden house also displays historical memoirs and memorabilia.


Wat Siam Nikradharam
Given Kedah's history and its close proximity to Thailand, the latter's in fluence on Buddhists is readily discernable. The local Chinese community donated money to build this Thai Buddhist temple in the Siamese architectural style. A golden Garuda suspends over the main entry. The temple's outer walls contain inscriptions of Buddha's teachings in three languages.



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