Reasons To Visit Alor Setar
Alor Setar is located in the north of Malaysia near the Thai border and is known for being one of the richest centers of culture in the country. Travelers to the city will find a wealth of landmarks and historical attractions such as the stunning Wat Nikrodharam temple and the Royal Hall, so you will need at least a few days to see the best of what Alor Setar has to offer. Along with this, Alor Setar is known for its excellent museums like the State Museum and the National Science Center which is ideal for families traveling with kids. The city is also a very modern place, so you can expect to find top-quality shopping centers, restaurants and cafes to enjoy yourself both day and night.
Arriving In Alor Setar
Alor Setar Airport, known officially as Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, is located around 15 km from the center of Alor Setar and currently handles regular flights from Kuala Lumpur as well as seasonal flights to Saudi Arabia. Travelers looking to book flights from the UAE to Alor Setar will not be able to make the journey directly. However, you can make the trip with just one stopover all year round as the airport has regular connections from Kuala Lumpur.
And if you're planning a stopover in the Malaysian capital, check out our guide to the Best things to do in Kuala Lumpur: the low-down on KL.
At Alor Setar Airport you will find very little in terms of shops, restaurants and other amenities, so it is best to bring any essentials you need with you. Once your flight has landed at the airport, most travelers opt for a taxi to make the short trip into the city. However, you can also prearrange a private transfer before catching your flight.
Alor Setar Travel Information
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UAE nationals flying to Malaysia are able to enter the country on a visa free basis for up to 90 days. In Alor Setar the weather is warm all year round with average highs of 31 to 34 degrees, with the hottest period falling between February to April. There are a couple of rainy seasons in the region from April to May and from August until November. You will need to put your clocks forward by four hours to get on local time in Malaysia, while the currency you need in the country is the Malaysian ringgit.
* This information is correct as of April 2018
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