Just came to know that 2008 is 'Visit Kedah' and 'Visit Terengganu' year. So, in conjunction to the event, do spent some time to pay the rice-bowl of Malaysia a visit. If you like nature, such you will not be disappointed with the utter serenity and greenery of the paddy field.
Kedah is in the northern region of peninsular Malaysia, bordered by 3P and 1T (Perlis, Penang, Perak and Thailand). There are quite a lot of interesting places to visit especially Langkawi. Find out more from here. There are quite a lot information from the website. Like it. Cool.
History Of Kedah
Recorded history of Kedah often starts at the Bujang Valley, located in central Kedah. This maritime kingdom at Bujang was visited by Indian, Persian, Arabs and Chinese traders as far back as the 4th century CE/ AD(CE: Common Era).
For many centuries, the Empires of Sri Vijaya and later the Cholas all exerted their influence and domination over this Kingdom. Kedah Peak (Gunung Jerai), at 1217 metres, provided the navigational landmark for ships in the Malacca Strait. The Bujang Valley was a collecting centre for products of the Malay Peninsular and a transit trading post for ships awaiting the change of currents and monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean. Traders soon propagated Hinduism and Buddhism and their culture, building shrines and temples along the coastal area, evident from artefacts found at the valley.