It has always been my wish to visit this northern state in Malaysia which has produced two Prime Ministers and many corporate leaders.
On the outskirts of the capital town of Alor Setar,lush paddy fields bordered by canals added a natural attraction.In the distance,a hill enveloped in mist signaled a heavy downpour.Reaching Alor Setar,numerous trishaw riders waited for the passengers at the bus terminal.Approaching a well-built river,i asked for the fare to the Royale Hotel.After some haggling,i managed to get a good fare for it.
Pak Man('Pak' means uncle in this country),the trishaw rider,agreed to take me around the town the next day.after a sumptuous meal at a traditional Malay stall,i went to bed.The next morning,Pak Man was at the lobby waiting to show me around.
First,we went around Pekan Rabu where our honorable Prime Minister sold banana fritters during the Japanese occupation.
Traditional cakes,clogs,handicrafts and souvenirs were found here at reasonable prices. An abundance of fruit awaited every visitor to this unique town centre. Lychees,longans,carambolas,elephant tusks,mangoes and Thai delicacies were also found here.
Next,we decided to go to the museum,Ancient vessels depicting early civilisation were placed at the entrance.On entering,a huge portrait of the late Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah and his consort was seen.Replicas of the famous 'Bunga Mas' or Gold Sovereign flowers were displayed prominently.Ancient cannons,stupas and Hindu deities kept there showed Kedah's early Hindu influence.
After spending four hours there,we went to enjoy the delicious Kedah laksa,which cost only eighty cent.After eating to my heart's content,i visited the Balai Nobat where royal musicians performed.The colonial architectured buildings housed the courts and municipality.These reminded me of the British era.It was already evening,when we stopped at the prestigious Sultan Abdul Hamid College which...