Life in Kedah
The State of Kedah Darul Aman is a land of unique natural beauty with the greenery of lush tropical forests, rolling hills, a verdant patchwork of paddy fields, and clear blue skies. Located in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, about 410 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, it shares a common border with Thailand.
Kedah covers an area of 9,425 square kilometres, and its highest peak is Gunung Jerai. The state capital of Kedah is Alor Setar, which officially attained city status on 28 November 2003. The state has eleven main districts, namely Kota Setar, Baling, Kubang Pasu, Kuala Muda, Bandar Bharu, Kulim, Langkawi, Padang Terap, Sik, Yan, and Pendang. The state’s population is estimated to be at 1.7 million.
Kedah has many interesting places for visitors to enjoy besides experiencing and beholding the tranquillity and serenity of paddy fields stretching far into the horizon. The most famous of these attractions is the legendary island of Langkawi, which has been rated as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is host to international events such as the Le Tour de Langkawi and Langkawi International Maritime Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA).
Universiti Utara Malaysia is located in Sintok, which is about 50km north of Alor Seta.