Alor Star is famous for the distribution of manufacturing and agriculture products such as Paddy. Below is the list of the things that you should visit if you happen to go to Alor star Kedah, in no particular order. If you haven’t yet booked a place to stay, you may want to try New regent hotel, one of the hotels in that location.


How to Get in:

By road

Alor Star is easily (and most practically) accessible using the North-South Expressway. A bus trip from Kuala Lumpur should cost you around RM40 and will take about 6-7 hours of travelling time. Bus services from Bukit Kayu Hitam are also available for visitors from Thailand.


By train


There is an Inter-city train station located in the city that serves trains to all major stations


By plane


Being the capital state of Kedah, travel via air to Alor Star is as practical as via land. Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia serve daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, lasting 55 minutes; while Firefly offers daily flights from Kuala Lumpur via the city airport of Skypark Terminal in Subang. From the airport, travellers can take a taxi to Alor Star city centre, which is 13km away.




Muzium Padi


This is a museum that teaches all you need to know about paddy and rice; from the process of planting and harvesting, and all the way to the benefits and the many grades of rice. Entrance fee is applicable. The main attraction within the museum is the rotating deck, showcasing a large 360-degree mural depicting the four phases from planting to harvesting. On weekends, you may also experience riding the Malaysia traditional mode of transportation, the cow-caravan or kereta lembu.



Kedah State Art Gallery


The Kedah State Art Gallery holds a good collection of 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.


Pekan Rabu


Pekan Rabu or literally translated as Wednesday market, is located near the government offices in Alor Setar. Eventhough it is named such, they market is open every single day. Pekan Rabu is open from morning till night. Many goods are be available at a bargain including crafted products and delicious tidbits. Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Tun Maharthir was once a trader at the Pekan Rabu.


Menara Alor Setar


Standing at 165.5m tall, the tower is a modern landmark in this old city. Menara Alor Star is the second tallest tower in Malaysia and ranked 19th tallest in the world, functioning both as a telecommunications tower and a tourist attraction. The tower’s platform allows visitors to a breath-taking view that stretches from Gunung Jerai to the Straits of Malacca. Batu Hampar Waterfall This place is roughly about 30KM drive from Alor Star. This Recreation Park can be reached easily from Yan. Just outside Yan there is a junction where you take right to Batu Hampar. The falls are not spectacular but the stream is nice and quiet.


The birth Place of tun Mahathir


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. Just Amazing