Changlun is a town located in the district of Kubang Pasu in Kedah state. The name comes from the Thai word “changlon” which means “fallen elephant”. It is a rather small township with around 1506 residents as of 2010 with the Malays being the major ethnic group and a visible amount of Siamese residents coming down from Thailand. Together with Jitra, these towns are among the last towns you would find within the borders of Kedah before you proceed further north if you are keen to go on a road trip to Thailand. A lot of education colleges are universities are situated nearby this place which include the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM), Perlis Malaysia University (UniMAP), Kedah Matriculation College, Perlis Matriculation College and Polytechnics of Perlis. As such, in addition to the local residents, students too made up largely the scenery of the area and being a major economic drive.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can take flights such as Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia to Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Setar. From there, you can take a taxi or bus to go the township of Changlun which will take about 40 minutes. Besides flight, you can also ride a train from KL Sentral and drop by Alor Setar train station and similarly get a taxi or bus.
Another option is to go directly by bus. From the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), you can board the Etika Express or Sri Maju Express line directly to the Changlun bus terminal.
Going further down the Changlun-Kuala Perlis highway, the Jetty Terminal of Kuala Perlis is the main sight the visitors will see as they approach Kuala Perlis. The jetty provides ferry services to the Langkawi Island and is a major attraction place due to the closer proximity to the island in comparison to the Kuala Kedah jetty. Besides that, there are a lot of delicacies nearby with good seafood at affordable prices, making it a good spot to dine together with family and friends. A popular eatery is the famous asam laksa which is common to the people in the northern parts of Malaysia. Be sure to go a bit picky and careful since there will be shops trying to fork up the prices along the way.
It is incomplete to mention Changlun without including Padang Besar in the picture. Padang Besar is well-known for being a shopping paradise with cheap goods, attracting a lot of people from within the country peninsular and the neighbouring Thailand from the southern part. It is easily accessible from Changlun via the passing North-South expressway, taking about forty minutes. Among the famous shopping spots include Kompleks Aked Niaga Padang Besar, Pasar Padang Besar and Gapura Square.
This accommodation is situated at Taman Teja, which is within close proximities with the Changlun highway hence the visitors will have easy access to the road. It is also close to the bus terminal, making it convenient to go for a check-in soon after arrival. For backpackers or travelers on a tight purse strings, the place offers cheap accommodation with elegant classical setups and beautiful wall paintings. Rooms offered include single and double rooms with option to have the room to be facing a window. It is equipped with coffee maker, DVD player, ironing facility and bathrooms with shower and dryer with free WiFi.
This two-star accommodation is situated close to the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM). Managed directly by the hospitality faculty, students studying hospitality can be a common sight here. Nonetheless quality is not out of question when it comes to this establishment. The room offerings are simple yet elegant, coupled with wide range of amenities such as coffee maker, cable television, minibar and private bathrooms with shower and hairdryer. Breakfast and laundry services are provided, so does WiFi. There is a fitness area, table tennis, garden, outdoor pool and sauna as well as restaurants nearby.