KEDAH - The Rice Bowl of The Nation

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 Brief Background

Kedah, a northern state with a population of over a million and covering an area of 9,425 sq km is truly the rice bowl of the nation. Vast stretches of paddy fields backed by mountains is the scenery to expect here. For interested shoppers, duty free shopping is available in Bukit Kayu Hitam and Langkawi Islands.

Places of Interest

Alor Star, the state capital is 96 km from Penang and can be reached by air, road and rail. It is the seat of Government and the business center of the state. The capital has several tourist attractions in its own right and a visit promises to be an engaging affair.

Gunung Jerai, at 1,206 meters is the highest spot in northern Peninsular Malaysia. It is a massive limestone outcrop that features jungle paths and tracks, waterfalls and camping areas for outdoor buffs. Accomodation is available in chalets and resthouses.

Bujang Valley Archaelogical Museum is situated in a valley believed to have been an important trade center in the region between the 5th and 8th centuries AD. So far, more than 40 temple sites have been discovered and a number of temple bases have been restored. A museum at Bukit Batu Pahang houses artifacts, books and documents of the valley. It is an ideal place for nature lovers and one of the country's finest historical parks.

Pulau Langkawi is part of the state of Kedah. Langkawi Island is infact a group of 99 islands with most of them uninhabited. It is 30 km off the coast of Kuala Perlis at the northern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. The islands are steeped in history, its past full of legends of wronged maidens and lovelorn princes, all of whom have left their mark for posterity. Beside the duty free status, the places of interest in Langkawi include - Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells), Tomb of Mahsuri, the Field of Burnt Rice, the Hot Spring, the Beach of Black Sand, Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories), Gua Langsir and Pulau Payar.

Sourced: Tourism Malaysia