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Places of Interest
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Northern Region

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.

Langkawi

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.

Near Kuah 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.

Not far 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.

Located 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.

Penang

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.

The state 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.

Certain 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.

Georgetown, 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.

Penang's 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 facilities.

Perak

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.

 
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