Located at the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Kedah shares the region with Perlis. Known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Malaysia, this is where most of the rice consumed in the country are produced. One will see a lot of paddy fields scattered around the state. Kedah is also one of the northern borders of the country for anyone heading towards Thailand through Bukit Kayu Hitam and Changloon. It is also the home of Pulau Langkawi, the tax free island which is a popular tourist destination known.
The state capital of Kedah is Alor Setar. It is accessible through the PLUS North-South Expressway while being the hub for most bus and train services to go around the state. As it is the state capital, this is where one could see the traditional lifestyle of the people here and the developments of paddy planting. Among those attractions in the city are the Balai Seni Negeri, the Balai Nobat, the and Balai Besar. It is also the birth place of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the most significant prime minister of Malaysia.
Known in short as SP, Sungai Petani which means Farmer’s River is one of the major towns in the northern state of Kedah. It is the second largest town in the state after Alor Setar, the capital. Due to the natural paddy planting sector of Kedah, SP’s business are mainly made up of small and medium industry businesses which are mostly involved with plantation. Apart from that, it is also home to the AIMST University, a private institution of higher learning majoring in medicine in Semling. Popular tourists desinations here include Pulau Tiga and Gunung Jerai.
Kulim in Kedah which is a ‘smart city’ is one of the major towns in the state apart from Sg Petani and Alor Setar. Named after the Kulim Tree which is a common species around here and the surrounding regions, it is one of the most ‘industrialized’ cities in the country. It began as a tin mining town and has been growing ever since into a major industrial region today. The Kulim Hi-Tech part is one of the initiatives here which brings technology-oriented company to set up their manufacturing plants in the country.