Formerly known as Alor Star from 2004–2008, Alor Setar is a city and state capital of Kedah in Malaysia. The city with large green fields is also home to the Central State Administration Centre and is the administrative centre of Kota Setar District. It is known as the second largest city in the state after Sungai Petani and serves as an important location in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia that connects to the other parts of Peninsular Malaysia by the North–South Expressway. Alor Setar is easily accessed by bus, train, car, or by plane via Sultan Abdul Halim Airport. The bus is the easiest method for locals and international travellers to travel from Kuala Lumpur straight to Alor Setar and you can do it easily using Easybook’s website by following a few simple steps here without having to leave your house.
All buses will stop at the Alor Setar bus terminal known as Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal which is located just a few kilometres away from the city centre. Located 100 KM north of Penang and 45 KM from the Thailand border, the Alor Setar bus terminal can be accessed directly by bus or taxi. The terminal is equipped with clean and modern restrooms, a surau, food booths and bus ticket kiosks. Its close proximity to the town center makes it convenient for travellers to book affordable accommodations during their trips with ease.
From Shahab Perdana bus station, you will be able to get connecting local buses to towns located further north of Kedah state and Perlis or by the intercity buses to most cities in Peninsular Malaysia. You can book your tickets for a local bus to Kuala Kedah to catch a ferry to Langkawi too, or catch a bus that goes direct to the neighbouring country of Hat Yai in Thailand or choose to change a bus upon reaching Bukit Kayu Hitam, which is the border between the two coutries.
Here are just some of the most popular routes provided at Alor Setar’s main bus terminal and the bus operator services available for you to book according to the trips:
Log on to Easybook.com to find out which operators provide services to your preferred destination including the schedules and bus ticket prices. We have prepared a How to Book Bus Ticket guide in order for you to understand the simple process of purchasing them at the comfort of your home.
Here’s a friendly reminder. There are many buses that travel along the highway straight to the bus station without going into the city, so if you want to get off in the city centre, it is best to ask from the operator before buying the tickets. Otherwise you will need to get on a local bus to take you to the city centre from the bus station.
Alor Setar Tower – Located in the heart of Alor Setar, this 165.5-metre tower is one of the tallest telecommunications tower in the world. It is a prominent and modern landmark that signifies the rapid development in the state of Kedah. Also known as Menara Alor Setar, it functions as both a telecommunications tower and a tourist attraction. You can witness a 360 view of Kedah including the paddy fields and other interesting sights from here. There is also a rotating restaurant named Restoran Sri Angkasa situated in the tower.
Paddy Museum – This is the first paddy museum established in Malaysia and the fourth opened in the world after Japan, Germany and the Philippines. Locally known as Muzium Padi, it showcases the rice cultivation process of planting and harvesting in Malaysia. It also displays the tools and equipments that were used in the trade over the years. Visitors will get to admire a 360 degree diorama and mural that was painted by 60 artists from North Korea on the entire inside wall at the upper level.
Alor Setar Ori Bee Farm – Also known as Ladang Madu Kelulut Ori, this is Alor Setar’s newest attraction for the leisure farming industry that comes along with a shop that sells various honey products. You can spend a leisurely time here to admire the scenery and amazing decorations around the farm located along the highway from Alor Setar to Kajang.
SK Kim Steamed Fish Restaurant – If you are planning to go to Alor Setar, make sure you stop by at the SK Kim Steamed Fish that is highly recommended by many locals. Their signature steamed fish topped with fried preserved radish dish, which is served crispy and super tasty. Other dishes available here are the deep fried tofu with Thai sauce, deep fried kangkung and stir-fried kangkung with sambal. This restaurant is non-halal.
Restaurant Mee Abu – The restaurant’s must-try is the trademark Mee Abu that uses cow lungs that have been boiled until it is tender to become a thick gravy. It is then mixed with noodles, bean sprouts, fritters and boiled egg to make the taste and flavour different from the rest.
Nasi Lemak Ong – The Nasi Lemak Ong has been featured by most mainstream media for its aromatic curry and wide range of selection from deep fried items to ulam. Make sure you make a stop at Nasi Lemak Ong whenever you are in Alor Setar.
Caffe Diem – This is probably the most popular cafe in town particularly for its modern and impressive interior decorations. The menu reflects a Western and Chinese blend so you can expect the dishes to be playful and distinctive. One of the most famous dishes at Caffe Diem would be the International Laksa Spaghetti that you would not want to miss out.
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