The north western state of Kedah in peninsula Malaysia covers an area in excess of 9000 sq km and it shares borders with Penang, Perlis, Perak and Thailand to the north.
Kedah is commonly known as the rice bowl of Malaysia because it contributes one third of national rice production.
Kedah has a diverse economy that also includes manufacturing and high technology industries in Kulim and Sungai Petani as well as the flourishing tourism industry inclusive of the island of Langkawi.
Travel to Langkawi and you will enjoy an enchanting archipeligo of 99 islands that is shrouded in legends and myths.
On June 1st 1997 all 99 islands covering an area of 10,000 hectares that make up the archipelago of Langkawi was declared an Geopark by Unesco.
The state capital of Kedah is Alor Star (also known as Alor Setar), the seat of government for the state is based here and the Alor Star landmark building is the unmistakeable Alor Setar Tower which provides breathtaking views of the city and its surrounding area.
Just to the north of Alor Star where the north-south highway ends is the Kedah border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam which is a duty free centre and gateway to Southern Thailand.
History reveals that the first settlement in Kedah dates back to the 4th centry AD making it the oldest civilisation in peninsula Malaysia.
Selamat Datang Ke Kedah Darul Aman Welcome to Kedah the Abode of Peace
The Candi Bukit Patu Pahat is an interesting archeological site located on a small hill just outside the museum.
However its largely agricultural economy is not limited to rice production as it supports other agricultural products such as rubber and Oil Palm.
Langkawi's serene beauty extols its idyllic setting justifying its reputation as a paradise island that is popular with tourists from every corner of the world.
Langkawi has now joined an esteemed list of 52 Geoparks worldwide.
Kedah is the eighth largest state when judged by land mass, its population is approaching 2 million and it boasts lake Pedu, a man made lake covering 75sqKM located 5km from the Thai border.
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It dates back to the 7th century and statues of Indian deities were recovered from this location that bear a resemblance to similar historic statues found in archeological digs in historic sites in India.
The Bujung Valley has yielded archeological remains that can be observed in the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum in Pengkalan Bujang, Merbok.
Travel To Kedah The Abode Of Peace