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Visit Malaysia 101 : Perlis-The Most Northern State in Malaysia

How to pronounce it (Perlis)? Nevermind, just learn how to say ‘Perlis’ from HERE. Or say  (pûr’lis)!

With only  227,025 (2010) population and 821km sq. area, Perlis is the smallest state among others in Malaysia. Located at the most northern part of Malaysia, Perlis was bordered with Satun and Songkhla (Thailand).

Map of Perlis

Despite the small size of Perlis, this state is not without its attractions, foremost among which is its serene beauty. Perlis, too, abounds with rustic rural scenes and rolling green fields of paddy. In short, Perlis is the perfect destination to head for if you prefer old world charm instead of the hustle and bustle of the city, where life is unhurried and the environment naturally fresh and crisp. Among the famous places of interest in Perlis are:

1. Royal Town of Perlis (Arau) –

POI : Royal Palace and Royal Mosque

Website to refer:

http://www.cuti.my/Sub/Perlis/guide_perlis_arau.htm

http://www.fascinatingmalaysia.com/perlis/poi.html

http://www.vacationtourz.com/perlis/places_of_interest.htm

2. Chuping (It’s all about sugarcane!)

Ya…the most significant ‘icon’ in this district is sugarcane! On your left, on your right, along your journey…it’s all about sugarcane! For those who loves to take photographs, spot this place in your map! This place reminds me to ‘The Signs’ film =)

Website to refer:

http://www.cuti.my/Sub/Perlis/guide_perlis_chuping.htm

3. Gua Kelam (Dark Caves)

One of the most popular tourist attraction in Perlis. This limestone cave located at the small town,named as Kaki Bukit (Foot Hill). Its name literally means “at a foothill (Kaki Bukit) lies a dark cave (Gua Kelam)”. Don’t worry folks! You dont have to crawl in the dark in this cave! A wooden walkway hangs suspended throughout the length of the underground cavern providing a wondrous means of communication from Kaki Bukit to a valley on the opposite end – the Wan Tangga Valley.

Website to refer:

http://www.perlisforestry.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91&Itemid=83&lang=en

Gua Kelam Entrance

4. Snake and Reptile Farm

Not far from Gua Kelam (about 11km), there is a ‘house’ for more than 20 species of snakes, as well as crocodile and monitor lizards. Don’t forget to snap your picture with Ular Sawa (Phyton)!

Website to refer:

http://www.tourism.gov.my/destinations/detail.php?theme=AD&map_code=snakereptilefarm&state=perlis

5. Bukit Air Recreational Park

Among the famous waterfall in northern region is Bukit Air. Located 13 km from the state capital Kangar, the park is easily accessible using the Kangar – Padang Besar trunk road.

Website to refer:

– http://northern.malaysianaturalheritage.com/?p=3

6. Kota Kayang Museum

Kota means ‘fort’. Also known as state museum.

Website to refer:

http://www.tourism.gov.my/destinations/detail.php?theme=CH&map_code=perlismuseum&state=perlis

7. Padang Besar

Padang means ‘field’ and besar means ‘huge’.

This border town (with Thailand) popular among the tourist, regardless they are local tourist or foreign tourists because of it’s ‘bargain market’. The town is filled with textiles, clothing, handicraft, foodstuff, fruits and souvenirs.

So…dont forget to bargain the price offer to you ya!

Website to refer:

http://www.tourism.gov.my/destinations/detail.php?theme=CE&map_code=padangbesar&state=perlis

8. Perlis State Park

Nature lover, dont forget to be here! Situated on the longest continuous range of limestone hills (38 km) in Malaysia, called the Nakawan Range. The range has beautiful natural formation of forested slopes and extensive underground cave systems.

Website to refer:

http://northern.malaysianaturalheritage.com/?p=222

http://www.tourism.gov.my/destinations/detail.php?theme=AD&map_code=perlisstatepark&state=perlis

9. Ostrich Farm

Playing with animals sometimes can stimulate your happiness. At ostrich farm, you can play around with the ‘giant flightless birds’, feed them and take photo with them! If you are lucky, you can take a ride with them! Besides ostrich, there are also ponies.

So, where is the ostrich farm? If you are from Padang Besar, it is just 6 km from there.

10. Melati Lake

Located just 8 km north of Kangar, this shallow lake is an ideal place for boating, picnics and relaxing walks. More than 150 sandbar islands dot the lake and can be reached by boat or ‘sampan’ (small boat in Malay). Elevated walkways across the lake provide vantage points.

Tasik Melati

Orite! That’s 10 places of interest located in State of Perlis,Malaysia. Remember, there are 12 more states in Malaysia and another 3 federal territories with their own attractive places for you to visit! I’ll continue to help you plan your journey better.

Getting to Perlis

From Kuala Lumpur:

Air:

-You can take a flight to Alor Setar, Kedah (Neighbour State) since there are no airport in Perlis. From Alor Setar’s airport (also named as Sultan Abdul Halim Airport), you can take a taxi which will take you about 1 hour to Kangar (Capital town of Perlis). Taxi rates approximately around RM 50-100. Airfare is around RM150-300 (Economy Class). There are 3 main flight operator :

1. Malaysia Airlines (Depart from KLIA Main Terminal)

2. Air Asia (Depart from Low Cost Carrier Terminal,LCCT)

3, Firefly (Depart from Subang Airport)

Land transport:

1. Express Bus

Plenty of bus operator can be choose at Pudu Sentral (formerly known as Puduraya, a bus terminal for north-bound destination). Your journey will take about 8 hours. Bus will stops at several rest area along the highway and bus stations at main cities. Fare is around RM45.

Tips: Please buy your bus ticket from the counter,not from ticket-pledger!

2. Train

If you are willing to spent more times, take the train services provided by KTMB. The journey will takes you about 12 hours. For more info about the train services, please visit KTMB website HERE. This train will depart from KL Sentral. Fare is around RM50 (Economy Class) to RM200 (First Class). I strongly recommend you to choose at least 2nd class coach with bed. Seating on the seat for 12 hours will cause you backache!

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Fotografi, Menarik, Tourism, Travel, Uncategorized

 

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