With this self-guided Alor Setar Heritage Trail you can visit the best sights that Kedah's state capital has to offer.
Alor Setar is not a prime tourist destination and most visitors pass through quickly on the way to somewhere else.
But for those willing to slow down, the city does have some interesting architectural landmarks, mostly concentrated around the Dataran Alor Setar in the heart of the city and which can conveniently be visited on foot in an hour or two.
The suggested walking trail on the map below is only 2.4 km long, excluding the State Museum to which you might wish to drive unless you are feeling energetic for the extra 1.6km walk.
A good place to start your Alor Setar Heritage Trail is at the Birthplace of Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohammad who was Malaysia's longest serving Prime Minister from 1981 - 2003. As Prime Minister he was sometimes controversial (in England for example he is remembered for his 'Buy British Last' policy) but there is no doubt he was an energetic and visionary leader and Malaysia's economic standing in the world improved greatly during his tenure.
It is interesting to see the humble home where he was brought up. The newer galleries next to his old home contain personal belongings and memorabilia from Dr. Mahathir's schooldays, medical career, married life and his time in politics.