Alor Setar

The Alor Setar Tower, the tallest tower in Kedah.

Alor Setar is the state capital of Kedah, on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is arguably the state capital on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia that is richest in Malay culture.

Despite the development of recent decades and being the state capital, tourists are able to enjoy the scenic view of paddy plantations around the outskirts of the city.

Get in

By road

Alor Setar is easily (and most practically) accessible using the North-South Expressway. A bus trip from Kuala Lumpur should cost you around RM40 and will take about 6-7 hours of travelling time. Bus services from Bukit Kayu Hitam are also available for visitors from Thailand.

By train

There is an inter-city train station located in the city that serves trains to all major stations.

By plane

Alor Setar is served by the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport (IATA: AOR). The only flights into Alor Setar are from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly and Malindo Air.

An alternative option for getting to Alor Setar would be to fly into Penang, which has a larger and better served airport, and make your way to Alor Setar by road.




General shopping can be made around the city. Alor Setar offers a wide variety of goods, whether they are local or imported. Souvenirs can be purchase at Alor Setar's main tourist destination.

Main shopping spots are:




The choice of hotels in Alor Setar is very limited, but does include some comfortable, modern hotels. In addition, there are alternatives to a hotel: home stay houses, located at major residential areas (taman in Malay) such as Taman Uda.

Go next

Routes through Alor Setar

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