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Alor Setar

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The capital of the state of Kedah on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, Alor Setar ranks as the tenth-largest city in Malaysia by population. The city remains very conservative, adhering to a strict interpretation of Islam and cultivating a deep loyalty and respect for the local monarchy. Alor Setar's location in the northwest of the peninsula makes taking a trip over to neighboring Thailand simple. Despite heavy Islamic influence in the area, the many historical attractions in Alor Setar represent multiple Asian religions. Take a peek at our world travel planner: Alor Setar and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Zahir Mosque ©
Historic Site
Zahir Mosque
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Alor Setar Tower ©
Observation Deck
Alor Setar Tower
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Kedah Paddy Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Kedah Paddy Museum
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Aman Central ©
Shopping Mall
Aman Central
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Alor Setar

Little India - Penang ©
Neighborhood
Little India - Penang Penang
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Al Hussain Mosque (Floating Mosque)
Religious Site
Al Hussain Mosque (Floating Mosque) Kuala Perlis
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Gunung Jerai ©
Outdoor Activity
Gunung Jerai Kuala Ketil
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum ©
History Museum
Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum Merbok
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Alor Setar

Al-Bukhary Mosque
Monument
Al-Bukhary Mosque
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Wat Nikrodharam ©
Religious Site
Wat Nikrodharam
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Gallery ©
Specialty Museum
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Gallery
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kedah Royal Museum ©
Art Gallery
Kedah Royal Museum
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Alor Setar

Pekan Rabu Complex ©
Flea Market
Pekan Rabu Complex
2.5
Duration: 2 hours
Malaysia Kedah ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Malaysia Kedah
3.3
Duration: 2 hours
Sentosa Plaza ©
Shopping Mall
Sentosa Plaza
1.5
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Alor Setar

Rumah Merdeka ©
History Museum
Rumah Merdeka
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kedah State Museum ©
History Museum
Kedah State Museum
3.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Kedah State Art Gallery ©
Natural History Museum
Kedah State Art Gallery
2.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Alor Setar

Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir ©
Historic Site
Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
Balai Nobat
Historic Site
Balai Nobat
1.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Alor Setar

The amount of choices for where to go for a night's rest is disproportionately small for a city of Alor Setar's size. Most of the options cluster in the center of the city to the east of the river. The hotels in general are three-star, but you can find a few four- or five-star accommodations if you look along the outskirts of the city. Also find a few budget-traveler options spaced around the city.
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