Located up north of Malaysia, Kedah is close to the border of Thailand. This rather less-populated state is widely known as the rice bowl of Malaysia, or Negeri Jelapang Padi, as half of the country’s rice production originated from here.
Apart from home to one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia–Langkawi–Kedah is also blessed with a lush green landscape. The sight of green paddy fields will accompany anyone who passes by. Here is a list of awesome attractions that you must visit all around Kedah.
Kedah Paddy Museum
As the main producer of Malaysia’s staple food, it is absolutely well-earned for Kedah to have its very own Paddy Museum. In fact, this museum is the first paddy museum in Malaysia and the fourth in the world, after Japan, Germany and the Philippines.
Spanning across 12,000 square meters, this huge museum consists three floors housing devoted all the knowledge and information related to paddy. The highlight is a 360° diorama portraying panoramic views of the paddy fields.
Address: Gunung Keriang, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah
Contact: +604-735 1315
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim
For adventure-seekers, this attraction is going to excite you. Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim is the world’s longest rainforest canopy walk. The steel bridge is 1.5 km long and elevated at 26 meters above the ground for a bird’s-eye view.
Hidden away, it allows a one-of-its-kind adventure for its visitors in this uncharted forest. For those who are not a fan of heights, you can opt for the shorter route.
Address: Kampung Ulu Riau, 09700 Karangan, Kedah
Contact: +604-490 1588
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Ulu Legong Hot Springs Recreation Park
A focal point for hikers from nearby Baling Mountain, this place is certainly an all-time favorite for locals and tourists. Ulu Legong Hot Springs Recreation Park features a total of 5 pools, with different range of temperature. Many people love coming here to relax and rejuvenate, while dipping their feet in the hot pool.
Address: Kampung Keda Ulu Legong, 09100 Baling, Kedah
Contact: +6013-484 2020
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 Hours
Gunung Jerai was formerly known as Kedah Peak. Stands proud at 1,175 meters of height, this highest peak of Kedah lies within the border of Kuala Muda and Yan districts. The mountain is a massive limestone outcrop and a lone feature from the surrounding geography of the area. A great view of Straits of Malacca awaits you once you reach the top.
Address: 08300 Gurun, Kedah
Located opposite to Gunung Jerai and Tanjung Dawai, Merdeka Beach is a popular spot in Kedah. The long sandy beach is a perfect place to relax or even to have a picnic with family and friends. There are plenty of stalls and street food sold at the beachfront shops, so you shop and eat while enjoying the sea breeze.
Address: Pantai Merdeka, 08500 Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah
Contact: +604-437 7555
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 Hours
Pekan Rabu Complex
One of the locals’ prides for tourists, Pekan Rabu Complex located right in the heart of Alor Setar. Despite its name, Pekan Rabu which literally means Wednesday Market, actually opens throughout the week.
There is a wide variety of goods sold here, from groceries to clothes and bag, at super cheap price. You can even find local food made by Kedahans themselves! This is also the best place to shop for souvenirs and trinkets.
Address: Jalan Sultan Badlishah, Alor Malai, 05000 Alor Setar, Kedah
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Zahir Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. It was built in 1912 by Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II. Its architecture was inspired by the design of Azizi Mosque in North Sumatra. The religious site consists of five main parts, which represent the Five Pillars of Islam.
On top of that, Zahir Mosque was also voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful mosques in the world. While you are in Kedah, don’t miss the chance to admire this majestic grandeur.
Address: Jalan Kampung Perak, Bandar Alor Setar, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah
Contact: +604-733 3288
These splendid attractions and magnificent natural wonders are completely worth it to make your way to Kedah. So where are you heading to this weekend? For more amazing experiences in Kedah and beyond, check out KKday now!
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