Chinatown in Alor Setar. I dont know the nearest place to find something to eat, so I went to Pekan Cina which situated nearby to the Galleries.. I find a lot of old chinese shophouses with unique windows... very nice indeed.. Just walk along the many shophouses and take pictures.. I found something I like - a cake mould for kuih bakar.more
Gallery Sultan Abdul Halim the Sultan of Kedah and now the new King of Malaysia. Lets go and see his personal momentos and photographs of Tuanku at Galeri Sultan Abdul Halim in Alor Setar. Very grand gallery, I like to see the Rolls Royce..hmmmm..No picture again please!!Please read more stories of our beloved Sultan Abdul...more
Masjid Zahir also known as Zahir State Mosque - It is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia. The mosque was built in the tradition of the Moorish architecture, it has numerous arches and columns that are an epitome of grandeur. Opened in 1912, and incorporates elegant Moorish designs in its five black domes and slender minarets. The...more
Balai Seni Negeri is a state art gallery located near to the Royal Museum and Balai Besar. The gallery exhibits a lot of paintings. No pictures allowed again..blah!!! nothing i like also..The gallery open daily : 10.00am to 9.00pmFriday : 9.00am to 12.00pm, 3.00pm to 6.00pm.Admission is free.more
Balai Nobat is a ceremonial tower in Alor Setar, and its used as Royal orchestra to play "Nobat" music during royal ceremonies. Among the instruments are the serunai, a wind instrument resembling the clarinet; the nafiri, a type of long trumpet; gendang, a drum in the form of a hollow cylinder with parchment stretched over its open sides; and the...more
Balai Besar also known as Grand Audience Hall. A very impressive building that was refurbished in 1896 -1898, during the reign of HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, the 26th Sultan of Kedah (1882-1943), the Sultan was most beloved by all Kedahan. His portrait can be found in every shops in Alor Setar and he was Tuanku Abdul Rahman's father. This...more
Muzium Diraja also known as Royal Kedah Museum, its formally a royal palace located in the heart of Alor Setar and beside the Balai Besar. Its a very beautifully Malay palace was built in 1936 with some thai influence and have beautiful garden and a lot of ancient cannons display..Kaboom..!! The musuem house a lot of collection of Kedah's royal...more
The Bujang Valley or Lembah Bujang is a historical complex and has an area of approximately 224 square km. Situated near Merbok, Kedah, between Gunung Jerai in the north and Muda River in the south, it is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia.Archaeological research indicates that there was an old Hindu-Buddhist empire built here. The name...more
The Kedah State Art Gallery holds a good collection which includes paintings, photographs, musical instruments and handicrafts... It used to house the office of the Sultan, the state treasury, audit office and the British Adviser residence in 1912 but was converted to its present day gallery in 1983, in commemoration of the reigning Sultan's 25th...more
Pekan Rabu or literally translated as Wednesday market, is located near the government offices in Alor Setar... Despite its name, this busy and popular market is opened all week long, from morning till night, and manygood bargains can be made from a variety of items such as delicious tidbits to beautiful handicraft... Former Prime Minister Tun Dr...more
1536-G Jalan Sultan Badlishah, Alor Setar, Kedah, 05000, Malaysia
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88, Jalan Pintu Sepuluh, Alor Setar, Kedah, 05100, Malaysia
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"58 Lebuhraya Darulaman, Kedah, Alor Setar, Kedah, 05100, Malaysia
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Kopitiam Seafood is in the heart of Alor Setar, Kedah. It has 2 sections. One section is like a open cafe style while the other is more suitable for family meals. Its airy and lots of parking spaces. Just a few metres away is a hotel and shopping centre. Very conveinent. Clean and tidy. My favourite dish is the Kopitiam Fish Special. The...more
Situated on the tip of Menara Alor Star, a prominent and modern landmark, the proud symbol of Kedah's rapid progress which functions as both a telecommunications tower and a bona fide tourist attraction.Sitting at 94 meters above ground, Restoran Berputar Seri Angkasa di Menara Alor Star offers a spectacular view of Alor Star, Butterworth and you...more
The restaurant serves very delicious soup base and non soup base noodles & dumplings. The local called it "kuan lor kar lee mee" which means dried curry noodle. The curry gravy used in this noodle is by far the best and most delicious that I have ever had. It is so tasty and yummy that even after u have finished it for an hour, the taste still...more
Its my choice of stall for "meehun sup" - i.e long yellow noodle served northern style in a bowl of piping hot, spicy beef broth with lots of beef or chicken, shallots, salted vege and a dash of chilli paste to make it even hotter (if you like). There were lots of other places but here is the best - the tastiest. The stall is clean and very...more
If you are into malay mixed rice try out Nasi Pumpong. A stall under tall shady trees by the road side sell malay mixed rice with lots and lots of dishes to choose from.. Good crowd during lunch hour. From meat to seafood dishes, local salad and condiments.. The food served smoking hot from the kitchen, very finger licking. Choose your portion and...more
The nighlife in Alor Star can be a bit dull. There are quite a numbers of pub, bar and club but I would say these places are mainly for serious drinker. Most of the local will actually prefer to go to hawker centres which provide cheap and good food and of course live football match. It not a bad place to hang out as friends can sit there the whole night drinking, eating, gossiping, watch football and most importantly it wont hurts your wallet!! Mamak stall is not popular in northern Malaysia so dont expect to see not many roti canai corner at night.
If you seriously want to find a more trendy and more uptodate club, Penang Island is not far away, just about 80mins drive and you will be in the second largest city in Malaysia.
Bus service is available from from Alor Setar to Kuala Kedah. Ferry terminal to Langkawi is situated in this small fishing village town. The route is run by HBR Group of Companies. Usually there is a sign in front of the bus - could be hand written - indicating "Shahab Perdana", "Pekan Rabu" and "Kuala Kedah". The bus is not air conditioned and its...more
U CAN FIND ALOR STAR FROM KUALA LUMPUR BY-PLANE AND ARRIVE AT SULTAN ABDUL HALIM AIRPORT AROUND 10KM FROM CITY CENTRE,,,,,MALAYSIA AIRLINE AND AIR ASIA OPERATED DAILY FLIGHT,,,COMING SOON IN APRIL 2009,,,ANOTHER LOW COST CARRIER WHICH WE CALLED FIREFLY WILL OPERATE TWICE A DAY FROM SUBANG AIRPORT TO ALOR SETAR AIRPORT,,,more
Pekan Rabu is located near the government offices in Alor Star. Although the name literally means “Wednesday Market”, this bustling market is open all week long, thanks to popular demand. Its services extend from morning till night, and you can find many stalls here selling a variety of items from delicious tidbits to beautiful handicraft.more
While you can shop at the many small stalls all around Alor Setar including the night market at Jalan Stadium, it is probably convenient to drop by Star Parade Shopping Mall, airconditioned with the Pacific Supermarket and range of shops with advertised prices.Although there is queue getting into parking, there is ample space. Also there is a...more
When one is in Alor Setar, paying a visit to Pekan Rabu is a must if not for shopping, but also for its fame. The former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was once a trader here, The complex is an interesting venue offering all sorts of Thai products, prayer items, dried goods, traditional cakes and cookies. Specialities that can be bought...more
Out of curiosity we went up this mountain. The orginal idea was to take this "leisurely ride in a re-conditioned Land Rover...fresh mountain air... bla bla.. " which i read somewhere in a tourist voucher. But it didnt materialise. The situation at the foothill was very much different transportation wise. There were only factory vans. After travelling all the way from Alor Setar we had no choice to go ahead. 100 meters up the mountain i started questioning my sanity for subjecting my entire family to this misadventure. The van was like falling apart everytime it took a sharp bend. There were at least 30 sharp corners before we even reach the top. Not mentioning there was this 200 meter of gorge waiting for a slight mistake.. sometimes it was less than 2 meters away from the road side. We were quite speechless during the 30 minute ride.
However once at the top we were awarded with cool mountain air, gentle sunshine and blooming flowers. The surrounding was so peaceful as wind was blowing non stop through the pine trees. The green Kedah Plain was right at our feet, dotted by puffy cottony clouds. Nini was having a real fun running through the colourful garden.....
For a while we forgot that we have to go down again..
Opened for play in October 1997, the club is set against the panorama of Gunung Jerai and azure-blue skies... The course layout maneuvers thru an open canvas of placid lakes, gentle streams, strategic sand traps and different species of trees...
The course play to 5666m from the blue tees..The front Nine features more mature trees and open fairways, while greens are visible from the tee... The back Nine presents more intrigue with it narrow fairways...
Equipment: The clubhouse reflects Kedahan splendour and motifs with a golfer's terrance that looks out to the 9th and 18th green... There is also an air-conditioned restaurant, changing room, a pro-shop and a flood-lit driving range...
This important royal building "Balai Besar" (Big Hall) was built in 1898 with Malay typical staircase and Thai influenced architecture and English wrought iron design. It is still used for important state functions and royal ceremonies. Balai Besar is located in the middle of downtown Alor Setar in a park and opposite the famous Zahir Mosque.At one...more
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...more
In 1997, the 9th FIFA World Youth Championship was held in Malaysia. Darulaman Stadium of Alor Setar was one of the venues.It was a great treat for all the locals to see some world class football albeit at youth age group. Tickets were affordable and it was an easy short drive from Penang.Suddenly Alor Setar was crowded with outsiders.more