Perlis is one of the smallest states in Malaysia that is located in the northern site of West Coast Peninsular.
Perlis is often used as a transit point to Langkawi and Thailand, thou there are several attractions in the state.
Perlis was conquered by Siam and British before independence – as in Perlis was returned to Siam in World War II but after World War II, Perlis returned to British until it became part of the Malayan Union, then Federation of Malaya in 1957 and lastly Federation of Malaysia in 1963.
Traditionally, Perlis is ruled by the King, hence since 2000, the Raja or hereditary monarch has been Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin and he was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 2001 to 2006. The current King of Perlis is Tuanku Syed Putra and the Chief Executive is Datuk Seri Dr Md Isa Sabu of Barisan Nasional.
Perlis logo which has the green paddy field indicates the wealth of the kingdom and the main economic activity of the people.As for the shield in the centre, it represents the pride of the people while inside the shield is a ring of golden rice that surrounds it has the name “Perlis” written in the Jawi script.
Cities in Perlis
- Kangar – is the state capital
- Arau – is the Royal town that is just 10km away from Kangar
- Mata Ayer – a small town positioned in between Padang Besar, Kuala Perlis, Arau and Kangar. Here one can find reasonable lodging as there is many guest houses or also known as homestay is owned by the locals.
- Padang Besar – main border crossing into Thailand
- Kuala Perlis – one can take the ferry from here to Langkawi
Other Destinations in Perlis
- Gua Kelam – This limestone cave with an old tin mine is located at Kaki Bukit
- Wang Kelian – One can find here a huge Sunday market on both sides of the Thai-Malaysian border and also the entrance to the Perlis State Park
- Bukit Keteri – Limestone hill
- Taman Anggur (Grape vineyard) – At sungai Batu Pahat
- Masjid Terapung Al-Hussain, (floating and beautiful Mosque) – At Kuala Perlis
Travel by bus
The focal express bus terminal in Perlis is the Kuala Perlis Express Bus Terminal in Kuala Perlis, andKangar Express Bus Terminal in Kangar.
Here, one can also take a regional long distance express buses to/from Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and other destinations arrive/depart from the Bukit Lagi bus terminal in Kangar. Kuala Perlis and Padang Besar also have long distance bus connections.
There are also regular buses run among Kangar and Alor Star.
Few of the major coach operators that offers express bus services to Perlis includes: Plusliner, Sri Maju, S&S International and etc.
Hop-on-hop-off town buses are also very easily accessible here. Kayangan Square is the hub for the town buses; however town buses do not operate at night. Taxis are few and far between and are usually focused at the bus terminal.