A City of Contrasts and Diversity
he northern gateway to Malaysia, Perlis, covers 795 sq km and features a sprawling countryside characterised by paddy plains and interspersed with rustic villages, limestone outcrops and serene lakes. Visits to fruit farms and plantations
are not to be missed as mango, grape, sugar cane and paddy thrive on the fertile Perlis soil.
"Multiracial and blessed with numerous natural
attractions, it lays claim to the country'€™s only
semi-deciduous forest and fascinating caves Sample a pace of an unhurried life in Kangar, the state capital. You will find many historical buildings such as the 97-year-old Syed Alwi Mosque"
Gua Kelam, Perlis
GUA KELAM RECREATIONAL PARK
Gua Kelam or the Cave of Darkness is not only
filled with interesting limestone formations such as flowstones, straws, gour pools and fossils but also cave dwelling bats. The hanging bridge that leads through this 370-metre cave used to be a means of transporting ore and other supplies to the tin mine at Wang Tangga. It was also the main access route for villagers staying in the remote Kampung Kelian. You can still find traces of storage and cooking areas belonging to the tin mining era at the shady landscaped park just outside the cave. This tranquil green lung is ideal for camps, picnics, walks and bird watching. Not far away is Gua Kelam II, the longest cave system in Peninsular Malaysia. This recreational park is located in the Kaki Bukit town.
KOTA KAYANG MUSEUM
Kota Kayang Museum, Perlis
Kota Kayang Museum is located in the locality of Kayang Hill, Lambong Panah Hill, Jagat Hutang Hill, Wai Hill and Menara Hill in the Kayang vicinity which is near the oldest man-made canal in Peninsular Malaysia. Start your tour at the display section and pore over archaeological relics and historical artefacts like royal regalia, Neolithic stone tools, document replicas, royal genealogical charts, weapons, brassware and coins. After that, explore the museum grounds where once stood the ancient Indera Kayangan Fort, a palace and ceremonial hall. The limestone hills that form a beautiful backdrop to the museum once acted as a barrier against enemy attacks while the canal within it allowed boat passages between the fort, Kuala Perlis and Alor Setar.
Padang Besar, Perlis
Padang Besar is a popular shopping destination among locals and tourists. Padang Besar which can be translated as "big field" in Bahasa Melayu is a border town located in the northern part of Perlis state in Malaysia. Though it's not the glamourous high end market, Padang Besar sure has its own charm. The town attracts several thousands of visitors from Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand every weekend and during public holidays. This laidback and quaint border town draws bargain hunters with the two-storey Padang Besar Arcade and the duty-free Emas Kerajang Complex. The arcade is where you'll find reasonably priced clothing,handicrafts, household items and food products,while the complex is where you can stock up on duty-free items ranging from imported chocolates, perfumes, cigarettes, liquors, apparels to souvenir items.