Road to The Rice Bowl of Malaysia: 3-Day Itinerary in Kedah

Nestled up north right next to Thailand, Kedah is blessed with a vastly gorgeous green landscape of paddy fields. Due to its role as the major producer of rice to the country, Kedah is known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Malaysia’ – Negeri Jelapang Padi.

Kedah is significantly well-known for its beautiful island, Langkawi, also coined as the Jewel of Kedah. Besides its pristine Langkawi beaches, it offers loads of awesome attractions. Here is the complete itinerary to make the best out of your 3-day trip to Kedah. Let’s go!


Day 1

Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim > Merdeka Beach > Satay Semeling

Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim

Via Kerajaan Negeri Kedah

Begin your trip to Kedah with a thrilling start! 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.

Address: Kampung Ulu Riau, 09700 Karangan, Kedah
Contact: +604-490 1588
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 5.30 pm


Merdeka Beach

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After an adrenaline-rush moment, why not go for a relaxing walk along Merdeka Beach? 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 can 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


Satay Semeling

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Before heading up north, you are going to have a quick pit stop here. Your trip to Kedah will never be complete without trying this superbly tasty satay! A local favourite, seasoned and skewered meat grilled over burning hot charcoal that gives it a smoky flavour. It comes with a variety of choices, including chicken, beef, lamb, and rabbit.

AT Satay Semeling
Address: 56, Jalan Raya Semeling, Kampung Mata Hari Naik, 08100 Bedong, Kedah
Contact: +6017-552 5701
Opening Hours: Daily, 3.00 pm – 12.00 am


Day 2

Alor Setar Tower > Pekan Rabu Complex > Zahir Mosque

Alor Setar Tower

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Standing like a giant spaceship in the middle of the city, Alor Setar Tower is an iconic landmark. This popular tourist spot serves as a telecommunication tower and broadcasting services. Apart from that, it also houses an observation deck, revolving restaurant, and souvenir shop. Climb up the tower and get a stunning bird’s eye view of the city and the surrounding paddy fields.

Address: Darul Aman Highway, Bandar Alor Setar, 05000 Alor Setar, Kedah
Contact: +604-720 2906
Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Friday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm


Pekan Rabu Complex

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One of the hottest spots for tourists, Pekan Rabu Complex located right in the heart of Alor Setar. Despite its name, Pekan Rabu which literally means Wednesday Market, it actually opens throughout the week. There is a wide variety of goods sold here, from groceries to clothes and bags, at a super cheap price. 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

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Zahir Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. It was built in 1912 by Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II. On top of that, this 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


Day 3

Gunung Jerai > Mee Udang Tsunami > Ulu Legong Hot Springs Recreation Park

Gunung Jerai

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For your final day in Kedah, what about going for a hike? Gunung Jerai was formerly known as Kedah Peak, it stands proud at 1,175 meters in height. The mountain is a massive limestone outcrop and a lone feature from the surrounding geography of the area. A great view of the Straits of Malacca awaits once you reach the top.

Address: 08300 Gurun, Kedah


Mee Udang Tsunami

Via Selera Dataran Tsunami on Facebook

Prawn noodle is a highly cherished dish in Kedah. One of the most sought-after Kedah’s noodle dishes, mee udang Tsunami is a special one. It comes with lusciously thick and sweet gravy, loaded with a generous portion of fresh prawns. Fun fact – name of the dish is to commemorate the tragic event of Tsunami in 2004 that hit this exact spot.

Selera Dataran Tsunami
Address: Kampung Kepala Jalan, 08500 Kota Kuala Kedah, Kedah
Contact: +6019-417 9897
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 11.00 pm (Closed on Monday)


Ulu Legong Hot Springs Recreation Park

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A focal point for hikers from nearby Baling Mountain, this place is certainly an all-time favourite for locals and tourists. Ulu Legong Hot Springs Recreation Park features a total of 5 pools, with different ranges of temperature. Make sure to end your journey in Kedah by getting recharge before heading back home.

Address: Kampung Keda Ulu Legong, 09100 Baling, Kedah
Contact: +6013-484 2020
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 Hours


There you go; a complete 3-day itinerary to conquer the ‘Rice Bowl of Malaysia’. So where are you heading to this weekend? For more amazing itineraries and experiences, check out KKday now!



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