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KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

WELCOME TO KEDAH
 
 

kedah - Malaysia

 

The state of Kedah exudes rustic charm and is characterised by vast paddy plains. It also lays claim to Bujang Valley, once the cradle of ancient civilisation and offers a captivating variety of natural attractions such as the famous island getaway of Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park and Lake Pedu. Explore Alor Star, the capital city, and visit its historic mosque, buzzing market and stately museums. A microcosm of its multiracial populace, it is blessed with diverse cultures which are evident in its traditions, architecture and lifestyle of its people. Travelers to the state can select their accommodation from among various well-appointed hotels, five-star resorts and budget inns located in the city, towns and islands.

 
 

EARLY HISTORY

 

Kedah, by virtue of research and historical findings, is the most ancient state in the country. The present Royal family can trace back its line to the Hindu times. Situated on one of the main transit routes across the Peninsular on the great East-West trade route, the state has become a prosperous centre for settlement and trade in the old days. Some of the earliest known stone age artifacts and sites are located in Kedah and it is a state which has remnants from the Hindu-Buddhist period in Malaysian history. This is reflected in the numerous temple sites in the Bujang Valley.

Bujang Valley - Kedah

 

It was a centre which attracted traders who traveled between China and India. The Bujang Valley was an ideal ?resting destination" then while waiting for the monsoon to change. History has it that in 671 AD, a Buddhist monk from China, l.T.Tsing, stopped at Bujang Valley. Archeologists had unearthed evidence of Hindu civilisation at the location which is home to more than 50 Hindu temples. A visit to the Bujang Valley will unravel a story about Kedah civilisation.  The Kedah Sultanate began at Bukit Meriam which is located in the district of Kuala Muda. Maharaja Derbar Raja was the first ruler who converted to Islam and changed his name to Sultan Muzaffar Shah. He ruled Kedah from I I36 AD to 1179 AD and was laid to rest at the Kampung Langgar, Mukim Bujang. Since then, there has been 27 Sultans who ruled Kedah. Before Sultan Muzaffar, Kedah had been ruled by eight Maharajas and this is an evidence to show that the Kedah Sultanate is the oldest Sultanate in the region.

 
 
 

ECONOMY

 

Although predominantly an agriculture-based State, Kedah is undergoing rapid development in all sectors. With sound economic planning and a supportive policy environment, the State has successfully utilised its advantageous location and rich human and natural resources to create a broadly diversified economy. The State has entered a new era, shifting its economic thrust from agriculture to industry.  It has attracted a range of supporting industries, creating thousands of new jobs and hundreds of business opportunities are readily available for foreign and domestic investors.

 

High technology and heavy industries have made their way into Kedah and the State is stepping up its pace to become an industrialised state in 20 years? time. Developing and upgrading physical infrastructures and other supporting services to the industrial sector and the existence of Kulim Hi- Tech Park, the first high technology park in Malaysia, gives added advantage in boosting the state?s economic growth. The State is also taking advantage of its strategic location within the Northern Growth Triangle. Several successful private-sector?s initiated business ventures are now in operation on a joint-venture basis between Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Although high priority is given to industrial development, agriculture and tourism sectors are also being emphasised upon.

Kedah Tower

 
 
 

His ROYAL HIGHNESS THE SULTAN OF KEDAH DARUL AMAN

 

His ROYAL HIGHNESS THE SULTAN OF KEDAH DARUL AMAN
AL-SULTAN ALMU?TASIMU BILLAHI MUHIBBUDDIN
TUANKU ALHAJ ABDUL HALIM MU?ADZAM SHAH IBNI ALMARHUM SULTAN BADLISHAH
D.K., D.K.H., DK.M., D.M.N., D.U.K., D.M.K., D.K. (Kelantan)., D.K. (Pahang)., D.K. (S&angor)., D.K. (Penis)., D.K (Negeri Sembilan), D.K. (johor), D.K. (Tenengganu), D.K. (Perak), D.K. (Brunei), D.R (Sarawak), D.U,N.M, S,PM.K, S.S.D.K, D.H.M.S, D.G.M.K.,

 
Grand Cordon of The Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, Bintang Maha Putra Adipradana (Indonesia), Order of the Rammata Thailand, Honourable Knight Gnand Cross Order of the Bath of U.K., Asso. Knight Order of St.John.

 
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE SULTANAH OF KEDAH DARUL AMAN
SULTANAH HAJJAH HAMINAH BINTI HAil HAMIDUN

D.K.(Kedah)

 
 

GETTING TO KEDAH

Kedah shares a border with Thailand and the immigration point is at Bukit Kayu Hitam.

 

BY AIR

 

Malaysia Airlines provides daily direct flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport situated in Kepala Batas, about 20 minutes away from Alor Star. The budget carrier AirAsia provides daily flights to Kedah from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), situated 20 km from the KLIA Main Terminal Building. The flight takes about 55 minutes.

 
 
 

BY ROAD

 

The North-South Expressway connects Kuala Lumpur to Bukit Kayu Hitam over a distance of 490km and to Alor Star over 450km. The drive to the latter takes about five hours. The main express bus station is 2km to the north-east of the central bus station. There are express bus services which offer coach buses to the south to Ipoh, KL, Malacca, Johor Bahru and Singapore. There are also express coaches for the east coast towns of Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu. Northbound express bus services and taxis operate daily from the Puduraya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur to Alor Star.

 
 
 

 

BY RAIL

 

Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM Railway provides daily rail services to Kedah via the Senandung Langkawi Express. The train departs from the KL Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur at 900pm daily and plies major towns in Kedah such as Alor Star, Sungai Petani and Gurun before proceeding to Haadyai in Thailand. The estimated time of arrival at Alor Star is 830am the next day. There are sleeping berths in the first and second class coaches. Visitors to Langkawi should disembark at Alor Star or Arau in Perlis and proceed to the respective jetty terminals to arrange for their transfers.

 
 
 

ENTERING FROM THAILAND

 

The border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam is the entry point for visitors who are driving from Sadao, Thailand. An Immigration Office and checkpoint are situated here. The border crossing is open from 600am to 12.00 midnight (Malaysian time).

 
 
 
 
WELCOME TO KEDAH
KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA