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Alor Setar Tower – “Alor Setar Landmark”

The key landmark here that can be viewed as you enter Alor Setar. Located next to Aman Central and over five-hundred ft above the sea level. Here you will get a 360° bird’s eye view of Alor Star and areas around it. You go up to the observation deck via a bubble lift. Up there you will have a magnificent view of the city and paddy fields. Most of the attractions in Alor Star can be seen from the Tower such as Pekan Rabu, Aman Mall, the Royal Museum, Zahir Mosque and Istana Kuning. In the distance you can see Gurung Jerai and Gunung Keriang where the Paddy Museum can be found.

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The tower is open-air. It gets really breezy and there are several binoculars for you to get closer view of the sights. There are also a few information boards on the famous landmarks in Kedah, which is very informative.

Tickets to the observation deck can be purchased at the bottom of tower. There is also a souvenir shop at the bottom but there were not much souvenirs to buy. But we bought their unique shaped mineral water that looked like the tower

Verdict:-
If you happen to reach Alor Setar, just drop by. Ticket are RM 9 for Malaysia adults and RM5 for children.

Address. :- Menara Alor Setar.
Darul Aman Highway, Bandar Alor Setar, 05000 Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Opening Hours :- 9am till 10.30pm

Website :- Menara Alor Setar

Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir Mohammed

I had been so looking for toward visiting the house of the individual I admire most. Nevertheless when we reach there it was closed for so called renovation works until next year 30th April. Will come back the coming year. Hope it is ready at that time. We only got a glimpse from the outside the house. It was really disappointing.

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National Science Centre North Regional Branch- Kedah, Malaysia

National Science Centre North Regional Branch- Pusat Sains Negara Cawangan Wilayah Utara

Discovered this place from a Sightseeing Brochure at the Holiday Villa Alor Setar.Another hidden gem in Malaysia. Its not even listed on Tripadvisor’s “Things to do in Kedah”. It is a science centre similar to the Petrosains in Kuala Lumpur only smaller. Its located just next to the Paddy Museum. As it was pouring heavily outside, it was also great to escape the harsh weather. We went there after browsing Paddy Museum.

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This kind of place is a great learning experience for kids. Here there is a lot of interactive displays where kids can participate. There are plenty of booths with different science experiments to try. All booths are not high, so most kids can participate. A word of advise to parents, don’t just sit watching. Participate with your children, describe to them different experiments. It will be more enjoyable for you and your kids. There are instructions on how each display works.



There are also an area for toddlers, to keep them occupied.
Here are some pictures. Its not much cause I was busy with my boys. Therefore not much time to take out photos.

Verdict

Its a great place to bring your kids to learn about science when you are in Kedah. We unknowningly spend two hours there.  There are ample parking and parking is free. Extrance fee is not to expensive. Its only RM2.00 for adults.

Address :- Pusat Sains Negara Cawangan Wilayah Utara (PSNCWU)
Gunung Keriang
06500 Alor Setar, Kedah

Tel :           +604-720 7700
Fax :          +604-720 7701

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Muzium Padi Kedah – Paddy Museum, Kedah

An Educational Visit to the Paddy Museum, Kedah

The name says it all, this museum highlights everything and anything about paddy and the activities related to it. One of the most facinating item in this museum is the one of the kind display located on the 2nd floor. You go up by way of a dimly lit spiral staircase. After reaching the end, “WOW” you’ll be amaze. What beckons you is a 360 degrees auto rotating floor with a 3D mural of the surounding landscape. You will have a view of beautiful paddy fields and the famous Gunung Keriang. This 360 degrees paranomic view mural is the going ons surrounding the Paddy Museum. The mural was painted by a Korean artist. The mural not only shows the surroundings but also the several seasons from planting till harvesting.

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The ground floor shows the history, process and products of paddy and rice. There are so many types of Paddy from various countries. There is also displays of the plantation tools and machinery they used. Rice planting and harvesting method. And also the history of paddy planting in Malaysia.

There is also displays of different products made from rice from beauty products to food products.

There is also a souvenir shop at the ground floors. We bought the rice tea and my little one bought a scarecrow pencil. You can buy the bedak sejuk. Bedak sejuk is a traditional facial powder produced from fermented rice. The name “bedak sejuk” is Malay for “cold powder” and called so because it has a cooling effect on the skin when used. The benefits associated with bedak sejuk besides its cooling effects. Is it reduces oil on skin, makes skin feel fresh and clean, smoothen skin and also reduces rashes even for newborns. My grandmum used to make her own bedak sejuk. Photo service is available that you can pose as farmers.

Outside the museum next to the parking area there is a little cafe selling drinks and snacks.

Verdict

Highly recommended for everyone to show thr future generations how paddy is cultivated. Its very educational. The Museum is quite big. A must visit place in Kedah. All along the way you will see paddy fields. Its so peaceful.

Address :-                 Muzium Padi,
Lot 798 Jalan Gunung Keriang, Mukim Gunung Keriang,
06570 Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman.

Tel :                           04-735 1315

Opening Hours :- Daily  9am-5pm (except Fridays closed at 12.30 to 2.30pm)

Entrance Fee :      RM3.00 Adults   RM2.00 Child

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A Boy’s Wonderland – Muzium Tentera Darat, Port Dickson

Army Museum Port Dickson

Port Dickson is known as ” the Army town” due to its large army and training base located here. Together with that they also have the largest Army Museum in Malaysia. Its listed on the Tripadvisor’s No 1 thing to do in Port Dickson. So its a must visit when you are in Port Dickson.

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The museum is has sections an open area and air conditioned rooms. But the main attraction were all at the open area. Here there is a a train and carriage, fighter jets with even their missiles attached, helicopters, various cannons, loads of tanks, a UN Peacekeeping jeep and even a large Satellite Dish. My son enjoyed exploring the army vehicles. We spent almost an hour outside. There is also a monument for those that was killed in the line of duty.

Too cool down, we went indoors to the various indoor exhibits. There is different rooms with artifacts from different era like the Melaka Sultanate Era, Dutch and Portuguese Era, British Era, Our Independence till today.


There is even an Communist Underground Tunnel which comes out the other side. Walking through the tunnels there are little rooms with scenes of how was it during the Malayan Emergency.

We spent about 2 hours there.

Entrance is free.

Verdict :- A must visit if you are in Port Dickson. The museum was educational. And trust me if you have boys they surely loved. A Boy’s Wonderland.

Address :- Muzium Tentera Darat,
Kem Si Rusa,Persiaran Pahlawan,
71050 Port
Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan

Opening Hours :- Wednesday till Sunday 10.00 pagi – 5.00 petang

Closed :- Mondays and Tuesdays

Website :-  Muzium Tentera Darat


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Malaysia ‘s Premier  Petting Zoo, Farm in the City

Farm in the City, Fun Outing for the Budak Bandar

Farm in the City is in the Seri Kembangan area yet surrounded by nature with trees and animals. To date its the best petting zoo in Malaysia. Animals are here are quite tame. My sons especially loved feeding the racoons.

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There are lots of animals roaming around especially chickens and roosters. My own two budak bandar boys loved chasing chickens around.



My eldest loved the Longkang Fishing. Well nowadays the drain in our area don’t have many fishes like what we had when we were small.


My number two loved trying to catch the rabbits at the Pet Village.


Here are some pictures of whats in store when you visit Farm in the City.


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My Verdict

A fantastic place for families with children to spend their day. The kids can have a feel of holding and petting animals. It such a good experience for kids to have an exposure with these animals. Don’t worry, there is alot of wash basins with soap throughout the park. Go early in the morning. Noon time most animal were seen resting. Probably too tired entertaining kids. Bring some loose notes. There’s little vending machine around the park providing food for the animals. Your kids will have an fun time, mine did. They also have a little cafe, so the kids won’t be hungry.The tickets cost about RM116 for the four of us.It was well worth it.

Address :- Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia

Operating Hours

Monday: 10 am – 6 pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday, Sunday, School & Public Holidays: 9.30 am – 6 pm.


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