Tuesday, February 27, 2007

~~Visit Malaysia, Perlis~~

Perlis is the smallest state of Malaysia at the northwest of Peninsular. It measures approximately 810 sq km and has a population of 217,480.Perlis is nearby with Thailand. Kangar is the state capital while Araau is the Royal town,10km away. Although small in size, Perlis also have its own attractions.Kangar is surrounded by padi fields, which sometimes look green and sometimes golden. That depends of course on the season.Main towns in the state include Kangar, Arau, Kuala Perlis and Padang Besar. Kuala Perlis is an important ferry terminal for visitors heading for the famed island of Langkawi while Padang Besar is one of the major entry points for visitors from Thailand travelling by road or rail into Peninsular Malaysia.

Highlights in Perlis:

The Snake Farm.

Perlis is noted for its large population of venomous snakes, the limestone cave and crevices offering the best of natural habitats for the slithery creatures. The Snake Farm at Sungai Batu Pahat houses a large collection of 23 species of live snakes in large open-air enclosures.In addition, there is a crocodile farm and a fish pond. Open from 8.00 till 16.00.The snake farm is mainly for research and the development of serums for snake bites.

Gua Kelam.

The Kelam cave is a 370-metres long limestone cave at the foot of a hill in the vicinity of the little town of Kaki Bukit, about 26 km from Kangar. It's popular among both local and outstation visitors. The name of the cave literally means, “ At a foothill lies a dark cave”. The approach to the cave is via a suspended bridge making the cave a unique and adventurous experience for visitors.

Padang Besar.

This is one of the border town between Malaysia and Thailand.The town is also the major stopover from rail travel to Thailand. Beyond the rail tracks is Pekan Siam - a bargain hunters' paradise. Besides agricultural goods, duty free shopping is also available in Padang Besar.The town is filled with all shades and designs of textiles, footwear, handicrafts, decorative items, foodstuff, souvenirs, fruits and much more.

Kuala Perlis.

Kuala Perlis is located at the estuarine delta of' the Sungai Perlis. The town of Kuala Perlis has just a couple of streets with plenty of restaurants which are popular for seafood and the local speciality of 'laksa' (rice noodle dipped in a fish-based gravy).Kuala Perlis is a major departure point for the fabled Langkawi island and has a ferry terminal for island bound passengers.

Gunung Medan

Gunung Medan, situated 6 km south of Kangar, is a limestone outcrop, 100 meter high with a leading road to the peak. Stairways and walkways have been constructed. The place makes a suitable picnic spot.Anywhere you look, the hill offers a panoramic view of padi fields, the green hills to the north leading to Thailand, sugarcane plantations and the clusters of islands to the west and south of which Langkawi is one of the most prominent.



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