Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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Alor Setar, Malaysia

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 .

Alor Setar, Menara Alor Setar
Alor Setar
Menara Alor Setar
Alor Setar, downtown
Alor Setar
downtown

Getting to and away from Alor Setar

Flight
The Sultan Abdul Halim Airport is served from and to Kuala Lumpur by these airlines: AirAsia, Firefly,  Malaysian Airlines and Malindo Air

Ferry to Langkawi
Ferry to Langkawi leaves from Kuala Kedah (10min outside of Alor Setar) and arrives at the ferry terminal in Kuah, the main town of the island in the eastern part of Langkawi.
Kuala Perlis (travel time 75min)

click on the link to book a ferry ticket online:

Langkawi - Kuala Kedah Kuala Kedah - Langkawi

Click here for detailed travel information (ferry times, prices etc.) on getting to and away from Langkawi.

 

Bus Connections
main bus terminal: Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal
click on the link to book a bus ticket online:

Alor Setar - Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur - Alor Setar
Alor Setar - Singapore Singapore - Alor Setar

 


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Transport

Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal

Main long-distance bus terminal of Alor Setar, located at the north-western edge of town

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