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So far, our “Famous places to visit in Malaysia” series has covered Perak, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak. Now, we are going back to feature the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Kedah, which is one of the oldest states in Malaysia.

The state is also known as the “Rice Bowl of Malaysia” because it produces more than half of the country’s home grown rice supply – and you will get to see the story behind the rice in one of the famous tourist spots in Kedah below!

So, without further ado, here are the famous places that you should visit in Kedah.

1. Langkawi

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Fancily known as The Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea located 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi is one of the largest islands in Malaysia which has some of the best offers in the country too, including beautiful beaches, world- class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra- cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

One of the attractions of Langkawi is definitely the Langkawi Sky Bridge which offers an exciting (but also terrifying) view of Gunung Mat Cincang, Telaja Tujuh waterfalls, and several other islets surrounding the island. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic view of the island with Langkawi Skycab, which is known to have one of the steepest cable car ropes in the world.

Other fun places to visit include the Eagle Square (Dataran Lang), Mahsuri’s Tomb (Makam Mahsuri), Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, Pantai Cenang, Air Hangat Village, Underwater World, Gunung Raya, Oriental Village and more.

2. Alor Setar Tower

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With height of 165.5 meters, the Alor Setar tower is one of the tallest telecommunications tower in the world. However, apart from serving the role of a telecommunication tower, it also caters as a tourist destination for the town. The tower also houses several restaurants which serves a variety of local and international cuisines.

Not only that, from the top of the tower, visitors can enjoy a full 360 degrees spectacular views of Alor Setar, as well as one of the towns of its neighbouring state, Butterworth, and sometimes, can even see the neighbouring country, Thailand!

The tower also functions as an observatory tower to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of significant Muslim months like Ramadhan, Shawwal and Zulhijjah.

3. Bujang Valley

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Home to an archaeological museum which exhibits collections and ruins that serve as evidence on the existence of an old thriving civilisation, Bujang Valley, or in the Malay language known as Lembah Bujang, is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia, which is located near Merbok.

The Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum displays various artifacts including pottery, stone caskets, tablets, metal tools, ornaments, ceramics, statues, jewelry and iron nails.

The archaeological remains prove the existence of an ancient Hindu-Buddhist kingdom that ruled the region from 4th century AD. The archaeological evidence also shows that Lembah Bujang was a central port which served as a trade centre for traders from China, India and the Middle East.

The valley has over 50 Hindu and Buddhist temples, also known as chandis. Bukit Batu Pahat Temple is the main temple at the site, which is built over 2,000 years ago.

4. Kedah Paddy Museum

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The state wouldn’t be called the rice bowl of Malaysia for nothing, as the Kedah Paddy Museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia and is the fourth of its kind in the world after Japan, Germany and the Philippines. The architecture of the building is designed to symbolise bushels of harvested rice stalks.

Located at Gunung Keriang, the museum displays the history and production items related to paddy and also showcases the paddy cultivation process in Malaysia. So for those who are curious on how rice grains are made, this place would serve as quite an insight!

Inside the museum, visitors can see the beautiful painted murals of paddy fields, which were painted by 60 artists from North Korea.

5. Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim

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With a length of 925 meters and a height of 26 meters, The Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim is actually the longest rainforest canopy walk in the world.

Located at Sungai Sedim Recreational Park – and is about a 30-minute drive from the town of Kulim in Kedah – the tree top walk offers spectacular views of the primeval rainforest where viewers will get to marvel at the amazing rush of the streams as well as the natural habitat of the flora and fauna.

There are also some other activities available at Sungai Sedim, for example, hiking, white water rafting, abseiling and paint-balling.

6. Ulu Legong Hot Spring

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Located at Kampung Keda Ulu Legong, in Baling, the hot springs is one of the famous attractions in Kedah and it is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy a therapeutic soak in its hot mineral waters.

There are a total of five pools in the park; three are main pools and the other two are the baby pool and a private pool for the ladies, respectively. The temperatures of the main three pools are all different, as they are between 30 to 60 degree celsius.

Other than chilling and relaxing, those with ailments and skin problems can go to the springs for some therapeutic treatments.

Visitors can also visit the nearby Ulu Muda Forest Reserve for jungle trekking, or enjoy the the beautiful waterfalls there.