Alor Setar is Kedah, Malaysia’s capital and also its biggest city. Alor Setar is very noteworthy since it is home to not only the District’s Administrative Center but also the royal city of Kedah. Alor Setar is situated in between Penang and Thailand. Alor Setar has a population of about 300,000 as of 2010.
Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal, Alor Setar is the primary bus terminal that serves this area and is situated in Shahab Perdana. Alor Setar is a good distance away from the city and can be accessed by express bus or taxi. Alor Setar serves round trip transportation for most of Malaysia. Prior to arrival in Alor Setar, all buses will stopover at Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal to receive more travelers.
Like most, Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal offers air conditioned travel, restrooms, a Surau, food booths, and ticket kiosks. There are also several nearby and affordable hotels available. Taking a bus journey from Alor Setar’s bus terminal does allow a mini tour of the sights. Buses run daily starting at 6:30 a.m. On weekends and holidays, buses start at 7:00 a.m. Buses run until 10:00 p.m. Buses are the best value for transportation and often are the most enjoyable too. Not all buses are air conditioned but it is advised, even if having to pay a bit more, to opt for air for comfort, especially when traveling overnight.
Always carry the least amount of cash with you while traveling and do not carry unnecessary credit cards. It is also best to not wear expensive jewelry or leave any baggage unattended. Make a duplicate of important documents and passports to leave at home before traveling. This will ensure that travel has the least complications while enjoying the beauty that Malaysia’s surrounding have to offer.