Abode of Peace and Tranquility
Perlis, a state located in the north of Malaysia, is known for its greenery. A trip to Perlis will definitely leave you feeling warm and peaceful mainly due to its natural wonders. If you’re interested in visiting Perlis, here are some recommended things to do when you’re there.
Visit A Palm Plantation
Make your way to Ladang Nipah Khipli, a sugar palm plantation that specialises in the production of Nira water (extracted from the palm flower) or Nipah juice (extracted from the palm fruit). While there, watch the interesting extraction process of Nipah juice before freshening up with a glass of cold Nira water available at the Ladang Nipah Khipli Restaurant. You should also try their must-haves including Laksa Kedah (rice noodles in fish-based gravy) and Cendol (an iced dessert with rice flour jelly and palm sugar syrup. In the evening, you can experience the sunset while flying kites at Trek Kurong Tengar, about a 20-minute-drive away from Ladang Nipah Khipli. Its lovely view would be perfect for your daily Instagram update.
Take In The Beauty Of Masjid Al Hussain
The floating mosque, Masjid Al Hussain, that is located just before the Kuala Perlis Jetty is the most well-known mosque in Perlis. It’s known for its “floating” concept as it was built over the waters of Kuala Perlis and appears floating during high tides. The mosque’s colourful dome also acts as a landmark for offshore fishermen since it can be seen from about 10 kilometres away. The best time to take a photo of the mosque is both during dusk and sunset.
Explore Gua Kelam (Cave of Darkness)
The amazing Gua Kelam, also known as The Cave of Darkness is located in Arau near the Thailand border. The title “Cave of Darkness” was given by tin miners of olden days due to the lack of light inside the cave. These days, 370-metre-long limestone cave is a equipped with a pedestrian walkway and lights to make it easier for visitors to explore. You may even get the opportunity to see the path paved by tin miners back then.
Here, visitors may choose between Gua Kelam 1 or Gua Kelam 2 to explore. Gua Kelam 1 consists of a 400-metre underground river while Gua Kelam 2 is an above-ground cave. Interestingly, heavy minerals from Gua Kelam 2 were transported using a short cut route at Gua Kelam 1 during the tin mining days. At the end of the trip, tourists will get to enjoy a beautiful park surrounded by lush green trees or as the locals call it, “The Secret Garden”.
Check Out Kangar Street Art
A visit to Jalan Kangar to view what is known as Kangar Street Art is a must when exploring Perlis. Combining traditional Perlis culture and heritage with a modern vibe to create its theme, “Colours of Perlis”, the street consists of more than 80 murals produced by 30 artistic visual art students from all over Malaysia. If you’re looking for that hipster location for your picture-perfect spot, you wouldn’t want to skip the street art!
Wander Around Perlis State Park
Did you know? Perlis State Park is the only location in Malaysia where the Stumped Tail Macaque can be found. In fact, the park has an abundance of wild life including Serows, Panthers and 6 species of Hornbills. Each year, thousands of migratory birds will make a pit stop at The Timah Tasoh Dam, located within the park. You just might be able to spot bird species such as the Cotton Bellied Sea-Eagle as well as bird species from China, Russia and Siberia if you happen to be here during migration, which happens between April to August. Take note that high (bird) traffic time is usually in the morning as well as during sunset, so time your visit well for the best views (and the best shots!).
Dine-In At Hannah’s Cookies
You’re totally wrong if you think Hannah’s Cookies sells only cookies and coffee because they sure do have more to offer! In fact, the modern style café has a variety of western food including burgers and pasta. Visitors’ favourites include the Mac N Cheese as well as meatballs. The café will only open at noon and will be packed with customers from 5pm onwards so make sure to plan your journey to avoid the crowd.
Try The Local’s Favourite Restaurants
If you’d like to try a variety of local favourites, then you should try eating at Anjung Keli for traditional kampung-style dishes. Of course, any of their ikan keli (catfish) dishes is a must-try! If you’re looking for seafood galore, then Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant is your go-to restaurant as it offers a variety of Chinese-style seafood, from chilli crab to deep-fried crispy squid. Yes, they have it all! Don’t leave Perlis without trying their traditional laksa at Ah Beng Asam Laksa. You can choose between the traditional assam laksa or assam laksa with coconut milk. Oh! They also serve red bean shaved ice there and it’s perfect for dessert.
Stay At The Putra Regency Hotel
Strategically located in the capital city of Kangar, the Putra Regency Hotel offers luxurious and comfortable lodgings. The hotel consists of contemporary and stylish rooms ranging from Executive Suites to Deluxe rooms. The hotel also has a 65.2 sq mtr penthouse on the top floor of the hotel. If you feel like staying in, you don’t have to worry about food as the Putra Coffee House offers a variety of mouth-watering Asian dinner for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Perlis is the perfect destination for you to visit if a peaceful getaway is what you’re looking for. The state may be small but it sure has a lot to offer.
Alea began her career as a Corporate Communications Executive before becoming a full-time content writer. Her recent projects include crafting articles for Convergence e-magazine by Malaysia Airports and Tropicana Magazine. She loves exploring various cultures around the world and be inspired by the beauty of nature. At Gadabout, Alea’s main goal is to make the readers’ days better through fun and interesting articles on travel and lifestyle.