Place of Interest in Perlis

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Padang Besar

This border town is the merging point for Thais and Malaysians.  Many Malaysians travel up to Thailand through this point and likewise for their Thai counterparts, on shopping, business or recreational trips.

The railway station has a long platform, manned by Malaysians on one side and the Thais on the other.  Besides the Immigration checkpoints and some signs, it is hard to distinguish where the border actually lies because culturally, both sides are so enmeshed.

Beyond the rail tracks is Pekan Siam, bargain-hunters paradise.  The town is filled with textiles, clothing, handicraft, foodstuff, fruits and souvenirs.

 

Kuala Perlis

The major activity found here is fishing and many superb seafood restaurants can be found in this small fishing town.  Not only is seafood fresh in Perlis, but it is relatively cheaper than it is in the capital city.  Have the fun of eating seafood is selecting the exact critters that you want seasoned, cooked, fried, barbequed, grilled, or sauted, and served to you.

 

 

Wang Burma Cave

Located at the northern-most edge of Peninsular Malaysia, the state of Perlis is easily accessible via the North-South Highway, which links Kangar, the state capital of Perlis, to Kuala Lumpur.  Perlis State Park is located about 42km from Kangar town and around 10km from the Malaysia-Thai border of Wang Kelian.

Wang Burma Cave is one of the most popular caves within the Perlis State Park.  It is a haven for spelunking.  The cave's stalactites and stalagmites resemble pillars, curtains and cascades which were formed over millions of years.  Enthusiasts can explore the cave at a leisurely pace, or climb, crawl and squeeze between narrow passages and muddy tunnels. 

Some caves such as Gua Kelam, are known for its subterranean rivers, which have been the site of tin-mining activities.  International speleologists have visited Malaysia to document the cave's history and fauna.

The journey starts with an uphill jungle-trekking guided by an experienced Forest Ranger.  Along the route, tourists will learn about various medicinal and poisonous plants and trees.  The journey will take approximately 40 minutes to reach the entrance of the cave.  Well-known for its streams and exotic species of insects and fungi, the cave system is divided into two main caves: Wang Burma Satu, the less challenging cave with a more scenic background.  It has unique rock formations comprising of stalactites, stalagmites and columns.  Wang Burma Dua is physically and mentally challenging with its dark hooks and turns, narrow passages and muddy tunnels - adventurer tourists will have to crawl and squeeze their way through to reach the amazing water-worm rock formations in the inner part of the cave.

Tourists are advised to get a qualified guide and permission from the Perlis Forestry Department before going for the cave exploration.  The total time to explore the entire Wang Burma cave system will take approximately 3 1/2 hours.  Buddy system is advisable. 

 

Gua Kelam

One of the most distinctive caves in Malaysia is a 370-metre long limestone cave near the small town of Kaki Bukit (literally 'foot hill') called Gua Kelam (Cave of Darkness).  Located about 33km north of Kangar, the state capital, Gua Kelam Recreational Park is popular for its enchanting 'cave walk' where you can enter from one end of the cave and come out at a different location.

The only path to the cave is via an eight-food wide wooden suspension bridge.  This bridge links Kaki Bukit to the Wan Tangga Valley, a valley on the opposite end of Gua Kelam.  Back in 1935, an Englishman saw the water pathway as a brilliant method to transport tin ore from a mine located near the stream entrance through the underground cavern to Kaki Bukit.

Now, locals and tourists make their way through the cave via a brightly lit wooden walkway inside the cave.  You can still find remnants of the tin mine operation within the cave.  As you make your way through the cave, the whispers of a swirling dark subterranean stream, together with the squeaking bats and dripping water from the stalactites, form a concerto of natural sounds.  It sounds a bit spooky, but adds to the mystery of a cave that was once the home of Stone Age men.

 

Kota Kayang Museum

According to history, the 4.84 acres of land where the State Museum now stands was granted by Raja Syed Alwi to his younger brother, Syed Salim bin Syed Muhammad al-Jafri, who was a senior minister to the King.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Syed Salim built his residence and stayed there with his family until it was sold to the State Government just after the signing the 1909 Bangkok Treaty.  After that, the building became the official residence of the state British Advisors.  The first British Advisor, Mr. Meadow Frost and his successors resided in the house until the Second World War in 1941.  From 1941 until 1943, the building was taken over by Japanese Military Administration, while from 1943 until 1945, the Thai Military Government took over the building.

After Independence, the building became the Perlis Chief Minister's official residence.  It became popularly known as Rumah Tetamu (Guest House) after it was vacated by Chief Minister Dato' Jaafar Hassan in early 1980s.  In 1991, the building was demolished to make way for the construction of the present State Museum, which is structurally identical to the old building.  The Kompleks Warisan Negeri (State Heritage Complex) is also within the compounds of the State Museum. 

 

Perlis State Park

The Park is situated on the longest continuous range of limestone hills in the country, called the Nakawan Range.  The Nakawan Range has beautiful, heavily forested slopes, sheer cliff faces, streams and extensive cave systems.

Some of the major attractions in Perlis State Park includes the various caves such as Gua Kelam and Gua Wang Burma which is located within the 500 year-old Setul limestone formation.  The Park consists of Mata Ayer Forest Reserve and Wang Mu Forest Reserve with a total area of about 5000 hectares.

The park provides the perfect setting for activities such as the Stumed-tail Macaque and plants like ginger, ferns and balsams endemic to the state are found here.  Visitor can stay in hostels and chalets or camp at the designated site.

Those intending to visit are required to obtain permission from the Perlis State Park management and engage the services of a ranger or qualified guide.

Snake & Reptile Farm

Surrounded by the Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve near Sungai Batu Pahat, the Snake & Reptile Farm is located 10km north of Kangar, the state capital.

The Snake Farm is a research facility set up to develop anti-venom for snakebites.  Housing more than 20 pieces of snakes, as well as crocodiles and monitor lizards, it is the only snake farm in Malaysia.

The farm has open-air enclosures as well as enclosed exhibits.  Handlers will assist you to pose with the tame snakes for photographs.

 

 

Source:  http://www.malaysia.travel/en/places/states-of-malaysia/perlis

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