the country's smallest state, lies at the northwest
corner of the Malay Peninsular between the state of Kedah
and neighboring Thailand while the Straits of Malacca
fills its western coastline. The state's main appeal is
its refreshing serenity, a respite from the hustle and
bustle of city life and suitable for those who seeks a
tranquil atmosphere and a popular travel
destination for the folks living in Thailand who
can walk through the border to get into Perlis.
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 age-old customs prevail.
Together with neighboring state Kedah, these two
northern states form the rice-bowl of Malaysia. Due
to the proximity and historical links with Thailand,
the people here have Tasik Melati (Melati Lake) inherited some Thai traditions and
its language. Perlis allows visitors to see the
traditional lifestyles of the farmers here and there are
many famous tourists attractions and places of interest
which will enthralled visitors.
This is evident in the border town of Padang Besar, where the blending of local Malay and
Thai elements give the town a unique flavor. Shopping
for local products is a popular activity with visitors
to the town. Places of interest include a
370 meters long limestone cave, Gua Kelam at Kaki Bukit, Wang Kelian in the vicinity and the Snake Farm at
Sungai Batu Pahat and use the travel guide here to learn
more. Kuala Perlis is an attractive fishing
town, popular for its fresh seafood such as crabs and
different species of fish and local cuisine.
This town is a transit point
to the famed Pulau Langkawi. Kangar, the capital city,
is the seat of the state government. About six kilometers away is
the scenic limestone outcrop of Gunung Medan which is a
favorite spot for picnickers. Arau, the royal town, is
the residence of the State's Ruler and
Gua Kelam, Kaki Bukit
a grand royal
mosque is found here. Perlis is a good destination to
rejuvenate your tired legs and body after some very
hectic sightseeing at other parts of north Malaysia due
to its slow paced life here.