Kedah is also endowed with a beautiful 1 km stretch of white sandy beach known as Pantai Merdeka, approximately 60 km south of Alor Setar. This enchanting beach is shaded by tall swaying palms, under which one may spend leisurely hours - picnicking or just lazing the hours away, Water skiing and sailing are also popular along this stretch of coastal water. The mountains and hills of Kedah offer a number of lovely picnic spots set within verdant greenery, cool mountain streams and the invigorating freshness of the mountain air.
"Pekan Rabu" which literally means Wednesday Market which is located in the middle of Alor Setar is well known among the local population and tourists from outside Kedah. The business complex is not only the pride of Malay entreprenuers in Kedah but also the pride of all Malay's in Kedah. Moreover the fourth Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir, once was a trader in Pekan Rabu. Most tourists visiting Alor Setar make it a point to shop around at the Pekan Rabu Complex.
The complex costing RM 3.2 millions and was built in 1975 and renovated in 1995 with cost RM 6.5 millions. Phase 2 complex was built in 1990 with cost RM 2 millions. Pekan Rabu complex has 347 stalls with a variety of business and it has become one of the important landmarks of Alor Setar.
This shopping Complex which is situated in Jalan Tunku Ibrahim was officially opened on 25th. February 1978. Prior to the construction of this complex, the traders did their business in on open building with no walls and trading stalls were not properly arranged and scattered.
Perangin Sik is located 3 km from Sik or 80 km from Alor Setar. Situated nearby is the Kedah Economic Development Authority (KEDA) Training Centre.
This area is also popularly known as 'Rimba Taqwa' and it is the earliest recreational forests that has been established in the state of Kedah. It gains its popularity after the official launching of Semarak Negeri Kedah in 1986.
Along the journey to this recreational forest, visitors would have the opportunity to observe fruit orchards, rubber estates and traditional Malay villages.
It has a large campsite that could conveniently accommodate some 1000 campers. This site has been earmarked for the next International Scout Jamboree.
There is a wide variety of flora and fauna of lowland dipterocarp forest.
Seri Perigi is located 5 km from Yan or 35 km from Alor Setar.
This recreational forest is particularly unique because it has the highest waterfall in the state of Kedah. The pounding and splashing of water over 100 m of steep slopes seems endless.
This splendid waterfall can be observed from the road as you travel from Guar Chempedak to Yan Kecil. Along the journey to this recreational forest you will be able to behold the scenic views of paddy fields, fruit orchards and traditional Malay Villages. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna of lowland dipterocarp forest.
There is also a solid rock cliff that provides entertainment for those who enjoys tough and challenging activities. The main plant species found here are meranti melantai, meranti langgong, meranti tembaga and palms.