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1 Month in Melaka, or 1 month in Kedah? Please help :p

Posted by stst on 10/2/2015 at 07:42

Hello everyone, I am a medical student and going to visit Malaysia for a month in August and work at hospital, participating in an exchange programme. I have to choose between Kedah and Melaka . Which one should I choose? Any advice? I ve been informed that if I go to Kedah, I will be visiting Langkawi! However, Melaka is closer to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore!
Please help me if you want, by telling me your opinion. :)

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 11/2/2015 at 14:01

I've never been to Kedah, so I'm afraid I can't compare the two. But first things first - which hospital has a better or more interesting programme, from your perspective? (This is, after all, part of your education and preparation for your career, so you want to get as much out of it as you can).

If they're identical from a learning and career perspective, I'd then suggest you ignore the side issue of where you'll get to visit (Langkawi or KL/SIN) as you'll undoubtedly be spending most of your time in either Kedah or Melaka , so you want to be happy with the town you pick.

From what this site says (https://www.travelfish.org/location/malaysia/peninsular_malaysia/kedah/kuala_kedah) Kedah is a small, quiet fishing town. Melaka is a larger town and a major tourist centre (so lots of restaurants, a evening street market, etc). Which one sounds more appealing to you, based upon your interests? Do you like quiet and the seashore, or do you prefer more people and nightlife?

Good luck with your studies, whichever you choose

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Posted by withluck on 12/2/2015 at 23:48

To give you better understand Kedah, it is a paddy field state in Malaysia. It has more greenery field than Malacca for sure especially outside its state capital, Alor Setar. If you are interested in buddhist temples, Kedah has a few temples worth for a visit. Besides paddy and temples, Bujang Village or Lebuh Village, was the earlier Malaysia trading port in 3rd or 4th century. Unfortunately, the town does not well promoted by the relevant tourism parties and is lack of city buses connection.. For Malacca, like other forum user had stated, it is historical tourism state.

Kuala Kedah is near to Alor Setar and offers one of the gateways to Langkawi and Pulau Payar. If you are working as a normal general practitioner in Malaysia public hospitals, you may not see many differences. If you are going for a particular medical specialist field, I suggest you check the relevant hospitals. Some cities hospitals have better medical equipments than rural area hospitals. Hope this help and good luck with your studies.

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Posted by neilmason on 13/2/2015 at 14:02

My wife and I spent several days in Alor Setar a couple of years ago. We were virtually the only tourists in town, certainly the only Caucasians, and found locals to be incredibly friendly. I suspect that it would be a really interesting place to get to know in depth.

But I'd never say anything against Melaka either. The general standard of medical facilities, ie access to specialists etc is much greater there, and that may be an important factor for you.

#4 neilmason has been a member since 31/12/2012. Posts: 45

Posted by neilmason on 13/2/2015 at 14:05

If you're to be based in Langkawi, you'll no doubt be in Kuah, the capital, where the ferries come in. I don't find Kuah to be that attractive a place, but it is cheap, with lots of duty-free shops for booze and clothing.

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