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Alor Setar


The Kedah Royal Nobat - played at the convocation of the first King of Malaya in 1957. Courtesy of Arkib Negara Malaysia.

Alor Setar is the capital of Kedah and provides easy access to the Thai border and the rest of Kedah. Like all towns in Kedah, Alor Setar still retains its old world charms and is the place to visit if you want to be 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. The town has developed along Jalan Pekan Melayu and most of the places of interest are within walking distance. The most notable is the Balai Nobat, a three-tiered octagonal tower housing the instruments of the royal orchestra.

However, the tower is closed to public.

Nearby is the original palace of the Sultan, an early 18th century building which has been

converted into a museum called the Muzium Di-Raja. A variety of exhibits, including the bridal chamber and the royal thrones are displayed. Next door is the Balai Besar or great hall where the Sultan gave audience to his subjects and administered justice. This intricately carved building dates back from the 19th century and displays strong Thai architectural influences. The first building was destroyed by the Bugis of Selangor in 1770. Across the road stands an impressive domed Moorish building housing the state mosque, Masjid Zahir. Facing it is a modern concrete fountain which has become a favourite haunt of the locals. . On the outskirts of the town is the State Museum and the atap-roofed house where Malaysia's ex Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamed spent his growing days.

Istana Kuning (Yellow Palace)

The first Prime Minister of Malaya - Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj was born here on February 8, 1903 and was the sixth child of Sultan Abdul Hamid's 6th wife, Chek Menjalara. Chek Menjalara was the daughter of Cek Menjalara, a Siamese Shan State chieftain. The relationship between fellowmen in Kedah was tightly interwoven with the Siamese at the time for Kedah was still paying tributes to Siam when Tunku was born. It was not until 1909 did the Siamese government hand over Kedah to the British upon the signing of the Bangkok agreement.

As a young boy, even amongst , Tunku always had a little bit more attention from his father than the other siblings in the family. There were 45 children in the family! He was also adored by two of his older brothers, Tunku Mohamed Jewa and Tunku Yusof who took the task of educating the young and impressionable boy. Both Tunku Yusof and Tunku Abdul Rahman was sent off to school in Bangkok, taking up residence with their brother Tunku Mohamed Jewa who spent a great deal of time in Bangkok himself as he was also a foster son of King Chulalongkorn - The King of Siam. However, on the sudden death of Tunku Yusof in Bangkok, Tunku Abdul Rahman was sent home to Kedah and later transferred to Penang Free School before being shipped off to St. Catherine's College in Cambridge, England where he obtained his BA. He returned to Malaya after his studies but was sent back again by his brother, Tunku Mohamad Jewa to study Law.

Tunku Abdul Rahman declaring Malaya's independence in 1957

Tunku Abdul Rahman, was fondly known as Putra by his family- a name given by his father . But he was most remembered by the people of Malaysia as 'Bapa Merdeka' or even 'Bapa Malaysia' . This means 'Father of Independence' or 'Father of Malaysia' as it was he who fought for independence from the British in which a new nation called Malaysia was finally declared in 1957.

Tunku Abdul Rahman remained as Prime Minister till 1970. Although his hometown was in Alor Setar, Tunku did not quite feel at home at the Yellow Palace. The last time he stayed at the palace was his time spent just after his return from England having completed his law degree. He spent most of his golden years in Penang with his children on a property presented to him by the government for his service to the country.

Tunku Abdul Rahman, a Kedah prince and the first Prime Minister of Malaya passed away in 1991 at the age of 87. He was laid to rest alongside his beloved brothers and their father at the Langgar Royal Mausoleum.

The Yellow Palace is today a Royal Museum.

Kuala Kedah

Kuala Kedah is a fishing port, situated by the estuary of a river about 12km to the west of Alor Setar. Here lies the remains of an early Malay fort guarding Kedah from early naval attacks, notably the Portuguese, the Acehnese from Sumatra and the Bugis. It was rebuilt in 1771 but later a Siamese fleet, on the pretext of a peaceful trading expedition attacked the fort. Caught off guard, the people of Kedah were quickly overpowered by the aggressors. The fort is surprisingly well preserved and along the crumbling walls facing the river mouth, the remnants of six cannons are still to be found.


Accommodation and Holiday Packages to Kedah : Alor Setar , Langkawi and Surroundings

Accommodation :

Alor Setar

| Bee Garden Motel | Fuller Hotel | Hotel Grand Crystal | Holiday Villa City Centre | J Hotel Alor Setar | JP Hotel Alor Setar | Miramar Hotel | Rainbow Hotel | New Regent Hotel | Hotel Seri Malaysia | StarCity Hotel | Sentosa Regency Hotel | The Regency | T Hotel Tandop | T+ Hotel | The Leverage Kuala Kedah | Wangsa Inn |

Sungai Petani

| Emerald Puteri Hotel | Park Avenue Hotel Sungai Petani | Hotel Seri Malaysia | Swiss Inn |


| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Ulu Muda Forest Reserve

| Earth Lodge |

Gunung Jerai

| Peranginan Gunung Jerai Resort |


Pulau Langkawi

Pantai Cenang ~ 5 star | Pelangi Beach Resort | Casa Del Mar | 3 star | Casa Fina Fine Homes Hotel | Langkawi Boutique Resort | Budget motels & guesthouses | Adina Drive In Motel | Amzar Motel | Baiduri's Place | Best Star Resort | Cenang Rest House | Cenang Rest House (Inn) | Cenang Valley Inn | Cenang Village | Chandek Kura Resort | Delta Motel | Gecko Guesthouse | Grand Beach Motel | Lagenda Permai Chalet | Langkawi Chantique Resort | Langkapuri Beach Resort | Landcons Hotel | Langgura Baron Resort | Malibest Beach Resort | Nadia's Inn | Rumours Guesthouse | Sandy Beach Motel | Tanjung Malie Resort | Tanjung Melati Resort | The Box Chalet | The Cottage | Villa Idaman Motel | Concept Resort | Bon Ton Resort & Restaurant | Beach Garden Resort | Temple Tree at Bon Ton |

Kuala Cenang ~ Concept Motel | Tubotel Langkawi |

Pantai Tengah ~ 4 star | Favehotel | The Frangipani Langkawi Resort | Holiday Villa | Aseania | 3 star | The Lanai | Federal Villa | Concept Resort | Sunset Beach Resort | Villa | Villa Molek | SangRia Exclusive Beach Villa (Private Villa) | Island Retreat | Ambong Ambong Langkawi Rainforest Retreat | Motel | Tropical Resort | White Lodge Chalet | Guesthouse | Cassa Kaseh Guesthouse | Budget Corrie Chalet | T Star Cottage |

Mukim Kedawang ~ 1 star | Dawn Langkawi Hotel |

Kuala Teriang ~ Guesthouse | Sarong Hostel |

Pulau Rebak Besar ~ 5 star | Rebak Marina Resort |

Kelibang ~ Motel | Akasia Hotel |

Kuah Town ~ 3 star | Bella Vista Resort & Spa | Bayview Hotel | Citin Hotel | De Baron Resort | Hotel Langkasuka | Langkawi Seaview Hotel | Grand Continental Hotel | My Hotel | 2 star Azio Hotel | Eagle Bay Hotel | Budget motel & resort | Region Hotel | Langkawi Budget Inn | Apartment Hotel | Kondo Istana | Century Suria | Apartment Suites | The Ocean Residence |

Tanjung Rhu ~ 5 star | Tanjung Rhu Resort | Four Seasons Resort |

Datai Bay ~ 5 star | The Andaman Datai Bay | The Datai |

Mukim Ulu Melaka ~ 4 star | Kampung Tok Senik Resort |

Pantai Kok ~ 5 star | Tanjung Sanctuary | The Danna |

Teluk Nibong ~ 5 star | Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort |

Padang Matsirat ~ 5 star | Langkawi Lagoon | 4 star | Four Points by Sheraton Langkawi Resort | 3 star | Bella Vista Hotel | Budget | The Box Chalet |

Langkawi Airport nearby ~ 4 star | One Helang Hotel |

Kuala Muda ~ 4 star | Langkasuka Beach Resort |

Burau Bay ~ 5 Star | Berjaya Langkawi Resort | 4 star | Mutiara Burau Bay Resort | Inn ~ | Geopark Hotel |

Tanjung Malai ~ 4 star | Resorts World Langkawi | Private Villa ~ | Villa Del Porto |

Pantai Dato Syed Omar ~ 5 star | Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa |

Gunung Raya ~ Boutique | D'Coconut Hill Resort |

Trips & Packages :

Pulau Langkawi

Island Day Tours | 1/2 Day Tour Round Langkawi Island | Langkawi Island Hopping & Eagle Watching Tour | Langkawi Duty Free Shopping Trip | Mangrove River Safari | Mangrove Kayak Adventure | Entrance Fees |

Yacht / Boat Trips | Boat Charter | Romantic Sunset Yacht Cruise + BBQ Dinner | Full Day Adventure Yacht Cruise + Buffet Lunch | Koh Lipe Island, Thailand | Pulau Payar Marine Park ( Snorkel ) | Pulau Payar Marine Park (Dive) |

Langkawi Specialised Tours

| Jungle Trekking | Birdwatching in Langkawi | Langkawi Geopark Tour | South Island Geopark Tour | Herbwalk with Dr. Ghani | Herbwalk in the Rainforest | Ethnobotanical Tour of the Mangrove | Kayakking and Swimming Trip | Mangrove Cruise & Swim | Escorted Nature & Wildlife Photography | Geopark Mangrove Cruise |

Combination Trips

Nature/ Highland/ Island / Culture / Heritage

| 5 Days 4 Nights Kuala Lumpur & Penang - Cooking Class + Food Trip Package | 5 Days 4 Nights Kuala Lumpur Cooking Class + Food Trip Package | 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Nature & Island Trip | 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Animals , Nature & Island Trip | 8 Days 7 Nights Kuala Lumpur, Penang & Langkawi Tour Package | 9 Days 8 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Highland, Nature & Island Trip |


Malaysia Cities , Towns & Villages

Peninsula Malaysia Cities , Towns & Villages


| Alor Setar |


| Chukai | Dungun | Kemaman | Kijal | Kuala Terengganu | Paka |


| Ipoh | Kuala Kangsar | Lumut | Taiping |


| Klang | Kuala Selangor |


| Kota Bahru |

Federal Territory

| Kuala Lumpur |


| Mersing |

Negri Sembilan

| Seremban | Kuala Pilah | Lukut |


| Sungei Lembing | Kuala Lipis | Kuantan |


| Melaka |

Sabah and Sarawak Towns , Cities & Villages


| Kuching | Long Bedian | Long Lama | Long Terawan | Miri | Marudi |


| Sandakan | Kota Kinabalu | Tawau |

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Accommodation in Merbok

Accommodation in Pulau Langkawi

Pulau Cenang

5 Star

3 Star

Budget Motels & Guesthouses

Concept Resort

Kuala Cenang

Concept Motel

Pantai Tengah 

4 Star

3 Star

Concept Resort


Island Retreat




1 Star

Kuala Teriang 


Pulau Rebak Besar 

5 Star



Kuah Town

3 Star

2 Star

Budget Motel & Resort

Apartment Hotel

Apartment Suites

Tanjung Rhu

5 Star

Datai Bay

5 Star

Mukim Ulu Melaka

4 Star

Pantai Kok

5 Star

5 Star

5 Star

4 Star

3 Star


Langkawi Airport Nearby

4 Star

Kuala Muda

4 Star

Burau Bay

5 Star

4 Star


Tanjung Malai 

4 Star

Private Villa 

Pantai Dato Syed Omar

5 Star

Gunung Raya