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Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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Durian

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Durian
the king of fruit, loved by locals, hated by most travellers - native to Malaysia and Indonesia

Durian is a very special fruit, either people love it or feel disgusted by either the smell or the taste. I read in a BBC article a phrase that eating Durian is like eating old cheese of a dead body. Other people spend ages at the durian stalls smelling and holding the fruits, trying to find the best out of them all. Durian's flesh is soft and creamy and the taste (which can't really be described) will stay in the mouth for hours. It is also a very heaty fruit that one needs to drink lots of water after. Some say eating too much of it could have a calming effect, remotely similar to getting drunk. It could be because it is related to the fact that Durian is overripe when it is harvested so the flesh is already fermented.



Durian on Wikipedia:

The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae). Widely-known and revered in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale-yellow to red, depending on the species.

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Durian
Durian, cut open in halves



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