The mere mention of limestone hills and caves and peoples first thoughts are of the Karst system in Perak but Perlis is home to The Nakawan Range that is the longest continuous range of limestone hills in the country.
Spanning some 38 km along the north western border with Thailand the Nakawan Range has 2 forest reserves Mata Ayer (2,156 ha) and Wang Mu (2,859 ha) forming the northern part of the range that constitutes the Perlis State Park.
There has been talk that the southernmost part of the Nakawan Range covering the Bukit Bintang and Kurong Batang Forest Reserves will be incorporated into the Perlis State Park and thus adding to the eco tourism potential of the area by increasing the natural diversity available to be marvelled at by intrepid eco tourists.
Situated by the Perlis River is the state capital of Kangar, it is a small town with a population of just over 50,000 and the Kangar town centre is home to some 1930's colonial architecture with the State Secretariat Building and the Clock Tower being the most visual structural icons.
On the Thai border is the town of Padang Besar that has a magnetic pull on bargain hunters attracting huge crowds on weekends and public holidays to take advantage of the duty free shopping complex situated between the Thai and Malaysian border check points.
The town of Arau is the royal town of Perlis and its most distinguished buildings are the mesh of Colonial and Moorish architecture that is the royal palace and the state mosque that can easily accommodate 1,000 worshippers.
Arau is on the mainline rail route from Kuala Lumpur and is the last disembarkation opportunity before the Thai border, passengers bound for Langkawi leave the train here to head for the ferry port of Kuala Perlis.
Kuala Perlis is the second largest town in Perlis and is located at the estuary of the River Perlis. Its main economic driver is the fishing industry and some restaurants in the town have a good reputation for magnificent seafood.
Kuala Perlis is a transient town due to high number of tourists that pass through the ferry terminal en-route to Langkawi and Phuket.
Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia and is bordered to the north by the Satun and Songkhla Provinces of Thailand, to the west by The Straits Of Malacca and to the east and south by Kedah.
It may be tucked away at the most north westernly tip of Malaysia but its rustic charm shines through like a beacon welcoming all who travel to Perlis, a haven of peace and tranquility.
Selamat Datang Ke Perlis - Welcome To Perlis The Precious Pearl Of The North.