Ulu Melaka is a small subdistrict located in the district of Langkawi, Kedah. It is not to be mistaken with another state in Malaysia that bears the same name, Melaka, which is located some five hundred thirty eight kilometres away in the south east of Peninsular Malaysia while Ulu Melaka of Langkawi, Kedah is on the northern part of the country. Being a part of the district of Langkawi means that this place is also tax exempted. The goods are the cheaper and a lot more choices are available.
There are several modes of transportations available to reach Ulu Melaka or Langkawi Island in General.
There is no road that connects Ulu Melaka to the mainland of Malaysia directly. However, it is possible to drive from Kuala Lumpur to the ferry terminals. The trip will take for about four and a half hours to reach Kuala Kedah jetty, and another hour if planning to catch a ferry from the Kuala Perlis jetty. These ferries will carry people and their cars cross the Melaka straits.
There are regular bus services available between Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis. This trip will take longer, for almost eight hours from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to the Kuala Perlis Jetty at the price starting from RM47.00 per trip. It is a walking distance from the bus stand at Kuala Perlis to the jetty.
Among all, this is the easiest and the fastest way to get to Ulu Melaka. There is an international airport in Langkawi. The airport is connected to several other airports in Malaysia such as the KLIA and the Penang Airport, and also several other neighbouring countries, the Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea. AirAsia flies daily to Langkawi from klia2.
The ferry services are available daily from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and also Penang to Langkawi as it is the only way to enter Langkawi apart from flying in.
The night markets in Ulu Melaka are a must go for locals, and especially for the visitors. Here, they sell a lot like any other night markets in Malaysia but with a lot cheaper price and bargains. It is also a perfect place to try local delicacies and favourites, from snacks to main dishes and also desserts, with plenty of choices available and the prices are so cheap. Apart from the gastronomy experiences, the night market also sells other stuffs such as toys, clothing and also gadgets. There are night markets every day but on different locations. Most of these night markets start at 7pm and ended around 10pm. The biggest ones are on Sunday night at Padang Matsirat and Wednesday night at Kuah town.
Gua Maha, which translated to Maha Cave, is not really a cave. It is a place where a building was erected to house sparrows onsite or a factory. Here, they cultivate and process the birds’ nests. Here, the visitors may learn about the importance of birds’ nests for health, the way of processing those nests for them to become safe for human consumptions. Apart from that, the place also has a cafe where patrons can try the different varieties of birds nest available. There is a souvenir place where patrons can buy their choices of birds nest. The price might be slightly expensive than outside, but the products purchased are ensured to be top quality products. It is located just ten minutes’ drive from Ulu Melaka, reachable via Jalan Padang Gaong and the entrance fee is free.