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"The Quietest State in Malaysia"

Perlis Tourism

Officially known as Perlis Indera Kayangan, Perlis is found towards the north of the western coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. The smallest state in Malaysia, Perlis houses the hottest place on the Malaysian land; Chuping. Retaining the old world charm, Perlis is home to some of the largest sugarcane plantations in Malaysia, quaint kampongs and unspoilt natural beauty.

Popularly known as the capital city of Perlis, Kangar is outshone by Arau, the royal capital of Perlis. Perlis is the only Malaysian region to have a Raja as its ruler. It is a great spot for outdoor rock climbing, which is best experienced at the Bukit Keteri limestone hills. Some of the best highlights of the state are its snake farm, the Kelam Caves, Kota Kayang Museum, Perlis State Park, Kuala Perlis (an efficient entrance to Langkawi) and the Hutan Lipur Bukit Air. 

This Islamic Malay state of Perlis offers some of the most delicious seafood, such as the famous Puyu Fish, which is cooked into the state’s signature gastronomy. Perlis relishes traditional Malaysian cuisine as well such as Nasi Kandar and Roti Canal as well.

Closely connected to the seas is the Pesta Air Kuala Perlis, the Perlis Water Festival which is observed among the top festivities of the state such as the Perlis East Wind Festival. Perlis also offers the best shopping facilities for all south-styled fashion, with Kangar being the main attraction. 

Although a small state, Perlis offers the biggest of memories!

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Perlis Highlights

1. Arked Niaga Padang Besar

Arked Niaga Padang Besar
Arked Niaga Padang Besar is one of the most popular shopping malls situated in the Padang Besar border town of Perlis. Although the shopping mall just spans across 2 storeys, a variety of items are available here. One can find several Thai traders inside the shopping complex that offer good like bags, beauty products, fashion apparels, shoes, home décor items, crockery and several others. Further, wet and dry food items are also sold at Arked Niaga Padang Besar. After indulging in a tiring yet enjoyable shopping spree, one can indulge in a sumptuous meal at the nearby food stalls or the Chempaka Thai restaurant.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

2. Perlis State Park

Perlis State Park
Situated on Malaysia’s longest continuous range of limestone hills, the Nakawan Range, the Perlis State Park sprawls across an area of about 5,000 hectares. This park houses 2 forest reserves- Mata Ayer Forest Reserve and the Wang Mu Forest Reserve. The park houses 600 species of flora, 70 mammal species, 35 reptile species and 200 bird species. The Setul limestone formation is the main attraction of the Perlis State Park. This limestone formation houses 2 extensive caves namely the Gua Kelam Cave and the Gua Wang Burma cave. One can find stalactites, bat, centipedes and scorpions inside the Gua Wang Burma cave. During your visit to the park, you can also indulge in activities like hiking, night-trekking, caving, and bird-watching. Hotel accommodation and guided tours are also available inside the Perlis State Park.

3. Tasik Melati Recreational Park

Tasik Melati Recreational Park
Situated in Kangar, Perlis, the Tasik Melati Recreational Park is a beautiful natural wetland which is surrounded by a developed area. The recreational park is extremely famous for its crystal clear lake surrounded by lush green trees and beautiful mountains. Over 150 sandbars or islands can be spotted amidst the lake. The Tasik Melati Recreational Park features Chinese architectural elements. The park is adorned with pavilions, floating footbridges, benches, lotuses and other tropical vegetation. The footway bridge that has been constructed over the Melati Lake provides a splendid view of the park. The Tasik Melati Recreational Park is a great spot for picnics as well. Here, one can also indulge in activities like jogging, trekking, fishing and boating. The park also houses a playground for children. If you are interested in bird watching, you must carry a pair of binoculars. 

4. Wang Kelian Weekend Market

Wang Kelian Weekend Market
Situated in the Wang Kelian village of Perlis, at the Malaysian-Thai border, this weekend market is dotted with about 80 stalls. The Wang Kelian Weekend Market mainly has traders from Thailand who offer a huge variety of items to visitors. The market is quite famous since the products here are quite cheap as compared to other Malaysian markets. Some of the items that are available at the Wang Kelian Weekend Market include jewellery, handicrafts, toys, clothing items, fresh fruits and other food items. Malaysian as well as Thai citizens can cross the border up to 1 km on either side of the Wang Kelian Weekend Market.

5. Taman Herba

Taman Herba
Taman Herba is a herb garden that is located near the Bukit Ayer Recreational Forest. Sprawling across an area of about 12 hectares, this garden houses about 1000 species of wild herbs or medicinal plants. While some of the wild herbs are grown inside the garden (in-situ), some are exported from other places (ex-situ). If you wish to gain an insight into the various plant species, you can opt for a guided tour or interpretation trail of the garden. One can also take herbal treatments, herbal massages or taste herbal drinks at Taman Herba. Further, you can bag home herbal products from the souvenir kiosks of the garden.
Timings: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: RM 2 (Adults), RM 1 (Children)

6. Al Hussain Mosque

Al Hussain Mosque
The Al Hussain Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques of Kuala Perlis. This mosque is also referred to as the Floating Mosque since it is built on water. The 50 metre bridge which connects to the main prayer hall is the main feature of the Al Hussain Mosque. This mosque rises to a height of about 31.3m while its twin peaks breathe at a height of about 7.1m. The minarets radiate various colours at night which is a true sight to behold. The various colours of the minaret signify a different prayer time. It is interesting to note that the walls of this breathtaking mosque are not painted but are adorned with granite, marble, corals, quartz, and pebbles. The golden-yellow-and-blue dome is made out of aluminium. Further, a layer of Polyvinylidene Diffluoride (PVDF) is also used to protect the dome.
Timings: 4:30 AM - 10:00 PM

7. Perlis Snake and Reptile Farm

Perlis Snake and Reptile Farm
Situated in Sungai Batu Pahat, the Perlis Snake and Reptile Farm houses about 300 snakes which belong to 30 different species. Further one can also find crocodiles, lizards, horses, turtles, otters, monitor lizards, iguanas, deer, monkeys, ostriches, poultry and macaques inside the farm. The Spitting Cobra is the most poisonous snake of the Perlis Snake and Reptile Farm. On the other hand, the heaviest python weighs about 80 kg. Some of these creatures are kept inside enclosed exhibits while some are in open-air enclosures for visitors to admire. 
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Saturday-Thursday), 9:00 AM- 12:15 PM and 2:45 PM- 5:30 PM (Friday)
Entry Fee: RM 4 (Adults), RM 1 (Children), Camera Fee: RM 1

8. Kota Kayang Museum

Kota Kayang Museum
Surrounded by the Kayang, Lambing Panah, Wai, Minera and Jahat Hutang limestone hills in the Kayang region of Perlis, the famous Kota Kayang Museum of Malaysia depicts historical, cultural, and archaeological artefacts of Malaysian civilization with its pristine glory. Upgraded as the Kota Kayang museum in 1991, the former building was the official residence of the British advisors before independence. The 4 hectares gigantic land of the museum houses three main galleries with artefacts from the Neolithic era and has above 300 unique collections.

9. Gua Kelam

Gua Kelam
Located 33 km north from Perlis in Kangar, Gua Kelam Caves is one of the most unique limestone caves in Malaysia. Also known as the Cave of Darkness, adorned by stalagmites and stalactites, is maintained by the Perlis Forestry Department. The prime highlight of Kelam Caves is the 8-foot wide wooden suspension bridge leading through the illuminated limestone path, carved inside the cavern by an Englishman in the 1930s, for transporting tin from the nearby mine.

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The top places near to Perlis are Georgetown which is 112 km from Perlis, Penang which is located 115 km from Perlis, Langkawi which is located 45 km from Perlis, Petaling jaya which is located 399 km from Perlis, Kuala lumpur which is located 402 km from Perlis

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