information and travel guide
Perlis - Little Nothern Gem
the country's smallest state, lies at the north-western corner
of the Malay Peninsula between the state of Kedah and neighbouring
Thailand. The state's main appeal is its refreshing serenity;
a respite from the hustle and bustle of citylife.
Rice farming is a principal economic activity here. The
green expanse of the rice fields, thatched-roof huts and local
farmers tending to their plots are all part of the state's
rustic charm. The villages are quaint and ageold customs prevail.
Due to the proximity and historical links with Thailand
the people here have inherited some Thai traditions and its
language. This is evident in the border town of Padang Besar,
where the blending of local Malay and Thai elements give the
town a unique flavour. Shopping for local products is a popular
activity with visitors to the town.
Places of interest include a 370-m long limestone cave,
Gua Kelam at Kaki Bukit, Wan g KeIian in the vicinity and
the Snake Farm at Sungai Batu Pahat. Kuala Pedis is an attractive
fishing town, popular for its sea food and local cuisine.
This town is a transit point to the famed Pulau Langkawi.
Kangar, the capital town, is the seat of the state government.About
6 km away is the scenic limestone outcrop of Gunung Medan
which is a favourite spot for picnickers. Arau, the Royal
Town is the residence of the State's Ruler.