Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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, Kompleks Al-Bukhary
Alor Setar
Kompleks Al-Bukhary
Alor Setar, Thai Buddhist temple
Alor Setar
Thai Buddhist temple

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

 


Excellent alternative online resources:

ETS Train Route: Alor Setar - Butterworth - Ipoh - KL

The modern electrified train service along the west coast of the Peninsula connecting the border to Thailand (Padang Besar) with Kuala Lumpur and beyond

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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