Perlis: Unveiling the charms of Malaysia’s smallest state

This charming state might be small in size but is overflowing with wonders waiting to be discovered.

19 Mar 2024 02:09pm
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Welcome to Perlis! Nestled at the northernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia, this charming state might be small in size but is overflowing with wonders waiting to be discovered.

As you embark on your journey through Perlis, you will find yourself immersed in a world where limestone hills meet with the calming lush greenery. Perlis may not be as famous as its neighbouring states, but it holds its own unique allure that captivates visitors from near and far.

From its rich history shaped by influences from Kedah and Siam to its tranquil countryside adorned with emerald rainforests, there is something here to enchant every traveller.

As you explore Perlis, be prepared to uncover its hidden treasures, from quaint villages exuding old-world charm to bustling markets brimming with local delights. Whether you are seeking adventure amidst nature or simply craving a taste of authentic Malaysian culture, Perlis has it all.

For your convenience, here is a list of destinations you can visit in Perlis, categorised according to the different areas in the state. Let's dive into the heart of this picturesque state and uncover the secrets that await!


Taman Negeri Perlis

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Immerse yourself in the lush embrace of Taman Negeri Perlis, boasting the country's sole semi-deciduous White Meranti Gerutu Seasonal Forest.

Home to over 600 plant species, 200 bird species, 70 mammals, and 35 reptiles, this 5000-hectare state park rests on Malaysia's longest continuous limestone hills, forming part of the ancient 500-million-year-old Setul geological formation.

Adventure beckons as you explore the depths of Wang Burma Cave, though remember to enlist a knowledgeable ranger for a guided journey into this natural wonder.

Pusat Kepelbagaian Biologi Wang Kelian

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Nestled within Taman Negeri Perlis, the captivating Pusat Kepelbagaian Biologi Wang Kelian is a beacon of conservation efforts. Dedicated to preserving Perlis's rich biodiversity, this centre serves as a research hub while offering a gateway to extraordinary adventures.

Explore the geological marvels of Wang Burma Cave and the majestic Granite of Bukit China, and let the centre be your starting point for a journey into the heart of Perlis' natural wonders.

Gua Kelam 2

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Situated within the Nakawan Range in Kaki Bukit, Gua Kelam 2, an adjacent cave to the renowned Gua Kelam, offers distinct cave routes with historical significance. Don your safety helmet and enlist a guide to navigate the intricate pathways of this cave, once a mining site during the Japanese occupation.

Discover the remnants of its mining past amid the breathtaking limestone formations within the extensive Nakawan Range, the longest in Malaysia.


Taman Eko-Rimba Bukit Ayer

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Located in the Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve, Taman Eko-Rimba Bukit Ayer welcomes you to a hill top forest adorned with a gurgling waterfall.

The addition of a miniature theme park enhances the charm, making it a perfect spot for picnics and gatherings amidst nature's splendour.

Pasar Terapung JPS

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Pasar Terapung JPS, located at Pengkalan Asam, beckons with kayaking and boat adventures paired with traditional delicacies from floating boats. With over 10 boats offering delights like oden and lokching, this floating market operates exclusively on weekends.

Engage in fishing, boat rowing, and kayaking, and capture the picturesque ambiance that makes it an ideal spot for photography enthusiasts.


Kok Mak Stable & Homestay

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Just six kilometres from Padang Besar town, Kampung Kok Mak offers a unique retreat featuring horse riding activities.

Kok Mak Stable goes beyond horseback riding, boasting a caravan and a hobbit house, reminiscent of 'The Lord of The Rings' movie, adding to the allure for visitors and creates a whimsical experience amid scenic views of agricultural fields and livestock husbandry.

Superfruits Valley

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Dedicated to nine super fruits like figs and lemons, Superfruits Valley in Padang Besar invites you to walk through orchards, sample, and purchase these antioxidant-rich, fibre-packed treasures.

A tasty and nutritious addition to your diet, these superfruits offer a delightful sensory experience.


Nat Pokok Getah

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Explore the unique charm of Nat Pokok Getah, a morning market nestled in Kampung Kubang Paya, Arau. Every Friday and Sunday, this rubber plantation comes alive with local food, antiques, and household goods sold under the shady rubber trees.

Indulge in delicious local noodles, rice dishes, and ‘kuih’, making this eclectic market a must-visit Perlis experience.

In conclusion, Perlis beckons visitors with its abundant natural wonders, providing a refreshing contrast to the urbanised landscape of other Malaysian states. Its unspoiled beauty offers a tranquil retreat from the city's chaos, making it an ideal destination for those seeking serenity.

Now that you've read about how wonderful Perlis is, let us take you for an adventure through this small state through the Sinar Daily's MYWonders video. Watch it here!