Small and unassuming yet just as charming; Perlis has a history dating back to 1800. As the northern gateway to Malaysia, it is flanked by Kedah to the South and Thailand to the North. It covers 795 sq km and features a sprawling countryside characterised by paddy plains and interspersed with rustic villages, limestone outcrops and serene lakes. Multiracial and blessed with numerous natural attractions, it lays claim to the country's only semi-deciduous forest and fascinating caves. Visits to fruit farms and plantations are not to be missed as mango, grape, sugar cane and paddy thrive on the fertile Perlis soil. Sample a pace of life that is unhurried in Kangar, the state capital. Here, you will find historical buildings such as the 97-year-old Syed Alwi Mosque. Nearby is Arau, the royal town.
Gua Kelam Recreational Park, Kaki Bukit
Situated within the town of Kaki Bukit, Gua Kelam Recreational Park's main attraction is a 370 m show cave called Gua Kelam or Dark Cave. Well-lit with a hanging bridge that leads through it, the cave is filled with interesting limestone formations and cave-dwelling bats. The cave was once a prime spot for tin-mining. Remnants of this activity can still be seen until today.