Kedah Darul Aman, or the “Abode of Peace” is a state in Malaysia that is located in the north-western part of the Peninsular. The state that consists of both mainland and Langkawi covers a total area of over 9,000 km2. The state is famous for its paddy fields – “The rice bowl” of the country. As for Langkawi, it has grown into one of the most famous tourist attraction spot in Malaysia. Addding on, Langkawi Islands became a federal territory independent from Kedah on 2 September 2012.

Kedah shares an international boundary with the Songkhla and Yala provinces of Thailand to the north as it also borders the state of Perlis, Perak to the south and Penang to the southwest.

Kedah’s capital city is Alor Setar while the royal is based in in Anak Bukit. Sungai Petani, and Kulim on the mainland, and Kuah on Langkawi includes few of the major towns in Kedah.

p>P/s: The north-south expressway cuts through the State to the Thai-Malaysian border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah. Do take note that the Malaysia -Thai border opens at 6am Malaysia and closes at 12 midnight Malaysia (11pm Thai).

Cities in Kedah

  • Alor Star – Prevalent city and capital of the state
  • Sungai Petani – Second largest city and industrial hub
  • Kulim – Third largest city that is allocated for hi-tech industrial development

Other Destinations

  • Bukit Kayu Hitam – Malaysia’s main road that crosses into Thailand
  • Changloon – One of the core border towns crossing into Thailandt that is just 8km from Bukit Kayu Hitam
  • Langkawi- The 99 islands of “the land of all one’s wishes”
  • Padang Serai – One of the significant towns at Southern Kedah
  • Lunas – Also an important town at Southern Kedah
  • Pedu – A man-made lake enclosed by virgin rain forest and picturesque mountains
  • Kuala Kedah – Ferry point to Langkawi, next to Alor Star

Travel by bus

The main express bus terminal in Kedah is Sahab Perdana Express Bus Terminal in Alor Setar. There are also other bus terminals such as Sungai Petani Express Bus Terminal, Sik Express Bus Terminal, Changlun Express Bus Terminal, Jitra Express Bus Terminal, Kulim Express Bus Terminal, and Gurun Express Bus Terminal.

If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, you mat take an express coach from Hentian Duta. If you are coming from Singapore/ Thailand or other states in Malaysia, no worries as most express coaches stops at Alor Star (Alor Setar) or Sungai Petani.

Transnasional, Plusliner, Konsortium, Sri Maju, Supernice, S&S International are one of the few that provides coach services to and fro Alor Setar/Kedah.

Transnasional, Plusliner, Konsortium, Sri Maju, Supernice, S&S International are one of the few that provides coach services to and fro Alor Setar/Kedah.

Hop in a bus

If you are looking to travel on public buses, you can find them in Alor Star where it begins and stops its journey at the bus station near Mergong Industrial Area just outside the city centre. Although buses are an economical way to get around, they can be crowded and difficult to use at times. Taxis are reasonably priced and a better form of transport for tourists as drivers often speak English.