Kedah is also known by its honorific Darul Aman or “Abode of Peace” is a state of Malaysia, located in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia. This state is arguably the most ancient state of the country with civilization dates way back to the 4th century AD. The archaeological discoveries in Bujang Valley showed that this valley was the cradle of Hindu-Buddhist civilization in 1136, before Parameswara founded Melaka in 1402.
The state covers a total area of over 9,000 km², and it consists of the mainland and the Langkawi islands. The mainland has a relatively flat terrain, which produces up to one third of the rice in the country, hence is known as the Rice Bowl of Malaysia. Langkawi on the other hand is an archipelago, most of which are uninhabited islands.
To the north, Kedah borders the state of Perlis and shares an international boundary with the Songkhla and Yala provinces of Thailand. It borders the states of Perak to the south and Penang to the southwest. The state’s capital is Alor Setar and the royal seat is in Anak Bukit. Other major towns include Sungai Petani, and Kulim on the mainland, and Kuah on Langkawi.
More information on Kedah can be found via state official website (https://www.kedah.gov.my/).
Conference Site – EDC Hotel & Resort
BOND21 2020 will be held in EDC Hotel and Resort which is located 48 km from Alor Setar, the capital city of Kedah and only 10 km from Bukit Kayu Hitam at Malaysia-Thai border. It is located on a 15-hectare site on 1,061 hectares of land which is the main campus of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
Plenary talks will be given in the Sri Angsana Hall which provides 500 seats at most. Three other smaller rooms namely Sri Mersawa, Krossandra and Calalily, each of which can provide around 60 seats are reserved for parallel oral sessions. We also have enough space for poster and demo presentations.
EDC Hotels & Resorts has 88 guest rooms consisting of 2 VIP Suites, 4 Executive Suites, 10 Deluxe, 45 Standard Twin, 15 Standard Queen, 10 Triple Standard and 2 Disability Triple. EDC Hotels & Resorts is surrounded by beautiful tropical rainforests and provides guests with a wonderful experience. The elegant decor and niceness of the hotel rooms can give the perfect taste for the peace of mind. EDC Hotels & Resorts offers flexible and specialized meeting room packages with a variety of specific services to meet the various functions and needs of the seminar.
Other than EDC Hotel and Resort, there are plenty of accommodations in the nearby area which can be booked via main online booking sites. Please search ‘accommodation near Changlun’ for variety of hotels within a wide range of budget.
Located near the equator, Malaysia’s climate in general is categorized as equatorial, being hot and humid throughout the year. The average rainfall is 250 centimeters (98 in) a year and the average temperature is 27 °C (80.6 °F). The climate of the Malaysian Peninsula is directly affected by wind from the mainland. The climate of Kedah in general follows the overall Malaysian climate with some exception since it is very near to the southern Thailand which in general experiences tropical wet and dry or savanna climate.
In general, the climate in Changlun where the conference venue is located as follows;
- During the months of January, February, November and December you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures.
- On average, the temperatures are always high.
- A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months of: October, November and December.
- November is the wettest month.
- February is the driest month.
Accessibility and Tourist Attractions
The conference venue i.e. EDC Hotel and Resort is accessible mainly from North-South Highway via many types of transportation such as car, express buses and KTM train. For bus and train, the nearest stations are Changlun and Arau (Perlis) respectively. The nearest airport is Sultan Abdul Halim Airport which is approximately 40 km from EDC Hotel and Resort.
There are many tourist attractions in the state of Kedah and Perlis. The information can be found in the official Malaysia Tourism website (https://www.tourism.gov.my/) and by further selecting “Places of Malaysia”. From there, places of interest in the states of Kedah and Perlis can be viewed.