Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Perak make up the
states of the northern region. Places of interest include idyllic islands, beaches,
plantations, rainforest and ancient historical sites which surround the towns and cities.
The Langkawi archipelago is a cluster of 99
islands just off the coast of Kedah, close to Perlis and just below Thailand. Langkawai,
noted for its legend and beatiful view is the most developed in the group. It has good
beaches, abundant marine life and basically offers an idyllic retreat from the urban
jungle. A duty-free port, this island of scenic, tranquil landscapes has become a favourie
destination for local and international visitors. Langkawi is accessible by ferry from
either Kuala Kedah (60 minutes) or Kuala Perlis (40 minutes). Ferries usually leave on the
hour from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. There are daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur.
Kuah is a
thriving town with many duty-free shops and handicraft centres. This main commercial hive
of Langkawi is quickly expanding as old wooden buildings make way for concrete
development. Kuah has several good restaurants and the Malay and Indian fare is notable as
well as seafood cooked Chinese style.
jett is the Dataran Lang or Eagle Square which has a magnificent 18m marble eagle as a
centrepiece. Located 12lm north west of Kuah it marks the spot where Mahsuri a famous
legendary figure was buried. In the vicinity there are souvenir shops and kampung house
containing ancient artefacts.
from /pantai kok, into the interior, this area is popular for jungle trekking into the
hilly terrain of Gunung Raya. The effort is rewarded with glimpses of exotic birds, colour
butterflies, wild orchids and tropical flora and fauna.
30km south of Langkawi is the Pulau Payar Marine Park. This marine park extends over a
number of island with Pulau Payar being the largest.It takes 3 hours to go there by
chartered boat. There is a floating platform moored off Pulau Payar which has a restaurant
and under water observation chamber to view the marine life surrounding a reef. It is a
good area for snorkelling or taking rides in glass bottomed boats.
Often referred to as the Pearl of the Orient
is one of the most picturesque and romantic cities of the East. Located on the north-west
coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang received its name from the Pinang or Betel Nut tree
once commonly found on the island. Established as the first British trading post in the
Far East in 1786, Penang today is a bustling metropolis reflecting a uniquely exotic blend
of East and West.
of Penang consists of the island of Penang and a strip of land on the mainland linked by
the Penang Bridge, one of the longest in Asia at 13.5 km. Penang is also connected by a
ferry service to the mainland.
sectons of Penang present a quaint picture from the past where narrow streets, trishaws,
temples and traders plying their goods, seem to belong to a forgotten area. Penang is a
shoppers' paradise for goods old and new, at bargain prices. The island also boasts some
of the best food in the region, ranging from Nyonya cisine to stall favourites like nasi
kandar, char kway teow and Penang laksa.
Penang's colourful and bustling capital is a compact city and most sights are easily seen
on foot or by hiring a trishaw. The old colonial part of town is near Fort Cornwallis
while the financial centre is on Lebuh Pantai. There are many grand colonial buildings
here including banks and old trading offices, reminders of the fact that Penang was one of
the oldest British settlements in Aisa. Some of the places of interest in Penang are
Chinatown, Fort Cornwallis, Museum, St. George Church, Khoo Kongsi, Kuan Yin Teng Temple,
Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang Hill, Snake Temple, Kek Lok Si and etc.
famous beaches located along the northern coast of the island are at Tanjung Bungah, Batu
Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang. These areas are highly popular with tourists and there are
many sea front hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and booths offering water sport
At 1820m above sea level, Cameron Highlands
is accessible from Tapah in Perak. It was discovered by surveyor William Cameron in 1885.
Tea planters and wealthy planters looking for a cool retreat were initially attracted to
the place. They were soon followed by Chinese vegetable farmers. Main attractions include
strawberry farms, terraced fruit and vegetable farms, tea plantations and rose gardens.
This is the place to buy fresh and cheap fruits and vegetables. There are jungle trails
for leisurely walks or strenuous mountain expeditions.