A City of Contrasts and Diversity
he most ancient state in Malaysia, Kedah is one of the best state to represent the rural idyll of Malay identity. With history dating back to the 5th century AD, the Malaysia's main rice producer occupies the north of the peninsula and the border to Thailand. On the mainland, you will find large area with paddy fields and the capital city, Alor Setar, dotted with historical buildings. Also home to Asia's first Geopark and the famous island resort of Langkawi, enjoy your carefree days by the beach, snorkels at the marine park or feed eagles at the mangrove swamp. Blessed with unique natural beauty, there's so much waiting to be discovered at Kedah. .
"From rivers, jungles, paddy fields and mountains to islands of ancient legends, there are so much waiting to be discovered at Kedah. Aside from nature, the 'Rice Bowl of Malaysia' which produce more than half of Malaysia's homegrown rice supply, is also home to the country's first and fourth Prime Ministers."
Langkawi Island also known as the Jewel of Kedah was recognised as a World Geopark by UNESCO back in 2007. Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Georpark are the three main conservation areas that are most popular in Langkawi Island. Other attractions in the island include duty-free shopping centres, Underwater World aquarium, cable cars, sky bridge and many more. With no land access from the mainland of Kedah, you can travel to the island on a ferry from Langkawi Jetty Point or fly with an airline to Langkawi International Airport.
Gunung Jerai, Kedah
Bujang Valley is a sprawling historical complex and has an area between Gunung Jerai in the north and Muda River in the south. The richest archeology area in Malaysia unearthed more than fifty ancient tomb temples, called candi which show that there was a Hindu-Buddhist polity in Kedah as early as the 3rd to the 12th century AD.
Relics that can be found in the valley include inscribed stone caskets and tablets, metal tools and ornaments, ceramics, pottery, inscriptions, Buddha Statues and Hindu icons. Head over to Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum and discover the relics that are being displayed, ready to be admired.
Pekan Rabu or "Wednesday Market" is known among locals as well as tourists outside of the state. Located in Alor Setar, the market's humble beginnings started from an attap-roofed shack and has since expanded into a multi-story arcade selling a wide range of local delicacies, handicrafts products, apparel and much more. Pekan Rabu is also one of the best places to get traditional Malay foods such as serunding (chicken or beef floss), dodol durian (durian sweet confection) and belacan (shrimp paste). The market will be most packed with locals and tourists to shop for local products during the month of Ramadhan.