Everything You Need To Know About Kedah
Dubbed as the 'Rice Bowl of Malaysia', Kedah is the country's most ancient state and thus endowed with a wealth of archaeological treasures. The state is Malaysia's main producer of rice and home to Asia's first UNESCO Global Geopark, situated in Langkawi.
Panoramic paddy fields and charming traditional Malay villages dominate its rural landscape, interspersed with rolling hills, thriving greenery and beautiful coastal areas.
Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is a part of an archipelago made up of 99 islands and is one of the country's most popular holiday destinations. Surrounded by sparkling emerald waters and fringed by powder-fine sandy beaches, the charming tropical island boasts some of the region's best natural attractions, earning it a UNESCO Global Geopark status in 2007. The island is also shrouded in myths and mystery, making it one exciting and intriguing destination.
Bujang Valley is the site of one of Southeast Asia's oldest ancient civilisations, believed to be more than 2000 years old. More than 50 ancient structures known as candi as well as close to 1000 artefacts been unearthed so far. Bujang Valley's most recent discovery, the Sungai Batu Monument, is the oldest recorded man-made structure in Southeast Asia, scientifically dated to 110 AD.
The sate-of-the-art Alor Setar Tower is one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. Standing at 165 .5m, it is the 19th tallest telecommunications tower in the world. The tower is equipped with an observation deck and a revolving restaurant.
Situated at the foot of Gunung Keriang, the Paddy Museum houses exhibits and information relating to the country's staple crop. A revolving platform on the third level gives a panoramic 360° view of a lifelike mural depicting paddy fields and its surroundings as well as the process involved in paddy harvesting. It takes approximately 5000 litres of water to produce a kilo of rice.
Stretching 950m among the tree tops, the Tree Top Walk in Sedim River Recreation Park is the world's longest canopy walkway. A spectacular view of the surrounding forest greets you as you walk along it, with occasional glimpses of birds, gibbons and other wildlife on the way. The Sedim River flows beneath the walkway, where you can enjoy a spot of white-water rafting and kayaking.