Perlis is by far the smallest of the 13 states of Malaysia with an area of just 821 square kilometers and a population of around 250,000. It is also the northernmost state and is surrounded by Thai territory in the west, north, and east.
7 best things to do in Perlis
1. Kota Kayang Museum:
Kota Kayang Museum is also known as the National Museum of Perlis. It is located in a picturesque area surrounded by eight hills, a few kilometers from Kuala Perlis. Visiting the museum is among principal things to do in Perlis.
The Royal Gallery explains that Perlis was once ruled by the governor, but in 1843, the King of Thailand improved the governor’s status as king (Raja), a position that the Jamalullail family has occupied.
2. Wang Kelian:
The road to Wang Kelian is very picturesque, passes through the Perlis National Park and ascends the limestone mountain range of Nakawan. When the road reached its climax, there are twin hills 390 m tall from Bukit Chabang in the distance. There is nothing like Wang Kelian, but it is known for its Sunday market.
3. Gua Kelam:
Gua Kelam (Kelam Cave) is located about 33 km north of Kangar, the capital of Perlis, near a small town called Kaki Bukit (Foot Hill). Exploring the cave system is a must do among things to do in Perlis.
It is a unique cave because it is a limestone cave with a length of 370 m, known for its “cave walk”. This is one of the favorite caves for adventurers. The only access road is a wooden suspension bridge with a width of 8 feet.
4. Perlis State Park:
Perlis Park is located on the western boundary of Perlis, on the border with Thailand. It is located in the longest and continuous limestone hills of Malaysia, with a length of 36 km and called Nakawan mountain range. The park includes two forest reserves, the Mata Ayer forest reserve and the Wang Mu forest reserve with a total area of 5,000 hectares.
The park is surrounded by a beautiful lush forest, cliffs and a wide network of caves. Currently, it is believed to house more than 600 species of flora, 70 species of mammals, 200 species of birds and 35 species of reptiles. Visiting the park is one of the main things to do in Perlis.
The royal city of Arau is a railway station before reaching the Thai border. The main places are the palace, Istana Arau and the Royal Mosque. The Royal Palace of Istana is a mixture of colonial architectural styles and pseudo-portraitists.
6. Tasik Melati:
Tasik Melati is a small and picturesque lake located on a partially swampy plain about 8 km north of Kangar. The lake was created as a tourist attraction with elevated sidewalks and seating for guests who can sit and enjoy the view.
7. Kuala Perlis:
Kuala Perlis is the second largest city in the state of Perlis located at the mouth of the Perlis River. Near the ferry terminal, there are several modern restaurants and cheap hotels. The oldest part of the city is built on stilts over what used to be mangroves. Kuala Perlis is famous for its seafood restaurants that offer popular dishes such as Ikan Bakar and Assam Laksa.