The Northen Gem
Perlis, the northern gem, exudes natural beauty and is characterised by sprawling paddy fields. Predominantly agricultural, its historical background is marked by ancient archaeological discoveries with its multiracial society consisting of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Thais as it shares a border with Thailand.
There are several natural attractions that make this state unique such as the Perlis State Park and Gua Kelam. However, there’s a lot more to Perlis than meets the eye. For those who love cities and towns with a relaxed pace of life and a little history on the side, Kangar, the state capital, has historical buildings such as the Syed Alwi Mosque while the Royal Palace and Royal Mosque are located in the Royal town of Arau.
GETTING TO PERLIS
Getting There – The main entry points to Perlis are usually Padang Besar and Bukit Kayu Hitam, which is near the Thai border in the north. Alternatively, you can get to Kuala Lumpur first and then make your way to the state. If not, you may go for another option, which includes taking a trip to Penang Island or Langkawi first, then hopping on to Perlis.
By Road – The north-south expressway has made it easy for any traveler to drive up to and roads are accessible from major towns and cities in the Peninsula. From major towns, air-conditioned express buses are also available to Kangar and also to Kuala Perlis.
By Air – If you are traveling to the country by air, please take note that there are no direct flights to Perlis. Don’t forget, the state is really very small. However, if you insist on flying, the nearest stop is at Alor Setar, Kedah, whereby you can take a cab to the capital of Perlis, which is Kangar. The ride will take you about 45 minutes.
By Sea – the only way to get to Perlis by sea is from Langkawi Island. The Boat will dock at the Kuala perlis Jetty. There are almost more than 10 trips daily which is almost every hour. The last boat is at 11 pm.
FACTS ABOUT PERLIS