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27 Jalan Kanchut, Kedah, Alor Setar, Kedah, 05000, Malaysia
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Bus Service from Alor Setar to Ipoh

by runwitme

Dear All,

I hv some questions regarding bus service from Alor Setar to Ipoh

1) Do I have to buy ticket in advance? I'm traveling on a Sunday.
2) What bus company is recommended?
3) How much is the ticket?
4) How long is the journey?
5) How frequent is the bus?

Thank you.

Re: Bus Service from Alor Setar to Ipoh

by mansionion


Got this detail from Transnasional's website (http://www.nadi.com.my/transportation_routes_express2.asp):

From : Alor Setar
To : Ipoh
Distance : 257 KM
Duration : 4:00 Hour(s)

Class : Economy
Time : 10:00am, 3:30pm, 9:00pm
Fare (Adult) : RM 16.70
Fare (Children) : RM 8.30
Departure Terminal : Alor Setar : Kompleks Bas Shahab Perdana
Phone : +604 - 7203300, +604 - 7203303, +604 - 7333855
Fax : +604 - 7203301, +604 - 7328975

Arrival Terminal : Ipoh : Hentian Medan KIDD
Phone : +605 - 2548804
Fax : +605 - 2431940

Hope this help.

Travel Tips for Alor Setar

Alor Setar Police Station

by SLLiew

An effectice police force is a legacy of the British rule in Malaya and Kedah. It is called the Polis Di Raja (Royal Malaysian Police) and if you think of Hong Kong Police, it will get you the importance, respect and high expectation of the Police Institution in Malaysia.

In Malay, the Police are also called "Mata-Mata" (mata=eyes).

As an pre-independence institutions, the police stations are still in colonial buildings in many towns. Although many have moved into newer bigger modern buildings, in Alor Setar, you can still see the "old" Police Station in a charming historic building.


by markbank

The wooden attap house was bought by Mohamad Iskandar when he wanted to marry off his children. It was built in 1900. When he bought the house, the house has only one room with no electricity. It has wooden flooring and the ceiling was made from white cloth. Mahathir was born here on 20th December 1925. He lives there until he was married and moved to his own house in Titi Gajah. Even then Mahathir will always commute to this house to visit his mother.

A visit to Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's birth place will give you a different perspective of the life of this revered leader. He was born in Alor Star on Dec 20, 1925 at No 18 Lorong Kilang Ais, off Jalan Pegawai. His home has been seen as a historical building and was restored by the National Archives in 1992.

When visiting this place, you will be able to view items from his childhood to his schooldays to the time he became a doctor. There are photos, furniture and other household items. You can even take a look at his old bicycle!

it open on monday to saturday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

Grand Audience Hall

by cs_zee

Located towards the back of the Kota Setar Palace complex is the Balai Besar. Its initial purpose was as a Balai Rong Seri or Balai Penghadapan (audience hall). Built in 1735 by the 19th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin Muazzam Shah, this was a lovely building with wood pillars, roofs and flooring.


by markbank

The Balai Nobat, houses the sacred instruments of the Royal Orchestra, played only during royal ceremonies of inaugurations, weddings, and funerals."

Although this 18 metre-tall and 5 metre-wide building is closed to the public, its interesting to know that its sole purpose is to house the royal musical instrument set known as the Nobat. The Nobat is played only by the Royal Orchestra during royal ceremonies including inaugurations, royal births, weddings, and funerals. It is believed that the Nobat originated from the Hindustani culture centuries ago when one of the brothers of the then ruling Sultan made a visit there.

This nine-piece muscial set is comprised of three drums, a gong, two flutes, two instruments called the cheng-cheng, and and a trumpet-like instrument called the Nafiri, which produces the haunting strains of nobat music.


by markbank


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.

Alor star is located in northern part of kedah, about 60KM from sungai petani, 90KM from Butterworth, 300KM from Kuala Lumpur. A short drive from alor star takes you to kuala kedah, where you can take a ferry to Langkawi Island. There is Domestic airport nearby.


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