PERLIS - The Northern-most Tip

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Brief Background

Perlis, the smallest state in Malaysia lies at the northwestern tip of Peninsular Malaysia; bounded by Thailand in the north, and by Kedah to the east and south. Its western coastline borders the Straits of Malacca. It measures approximately 795 sq. km and has a population of 200,000. The state capital is Kangar while Arau, 10 km away is the the Royal town.

Places of Interest

Kangar is the state capital of Perlis. It is bordered by an expanse of verdant green or golden paddy fields. Modern looking buildings housed State as well as Federal departments. The golden domed State Mosque occupies an ideal part of the town. The Stadium, General hospital, Hotets and schools are all within walking distances from one another.

Perlis State Park is a haven for nature lovers and eco-tourism buffs. Close to the Thai border, the 1,000 ha area in the Mata Air Forest Reserve is a treasure trove of biodiversity. It contains one of the few semideciduous forests in the country, closer in type and species to Thai vegetation. Its limestone forests are also rice in fauna, including birds, mammals and reptiles.

Gua Kelam at Kaki Bukit refers to the 370-meter long limestone cave at the small town of Kaki Bukit. Its name literally means "at a foothill" (Kaki Bukit) lies a "dark cave" (Gua Kelam). Access to the former tin-mine is by way of a suspension bridge. A subterranean stream flows in the limestone range near Kaki Bukit for about a quarter of a mile long.

Kuala Perlis located at the estuarine delta of the Sungai Perlis. It is a port. Kuala Perlis is noted for its local fast food, Laksa i.e, rice noodles dipped in spiced fish-soup with sliced onions and cucmumber. Kuala Perlis is the second largest town in Perlis. It is also an entry and exit point to Phuket Island and other coastal towns of Southern Thailand and Pulau Langkawi.

Padang Besar is a border town. There is the rather elongated Railway Station - one part of the station has Thai Officers manning the Immigration and Customs counters, the other by their Malaysian counterparts. The Singapore - Bangkok International rail passes through this station. Beyond the rail tracks is Pekan Siam - a bargain hunters' paradise.

Snake Farm at Sungai Batu Pahat houses a large collection of snakes in open-air enclosures. It is the only Snake farm in Malaysia used for research of venomous snakes. In addition, there is a crocodile and a fish pond.

Sourced: Tourism Malaysia