Discover Perlis Institution

Perlis

As Malaysia’s smallest state, Perlis is more known as a transit point between Thailand and Malaysia with a harmonious marriage of cultural influences from both sides. Stop over for the for its signature mangoes or weekend markets.

Quick Facts

Number of Higher Education Institutions

2

Main City

Kangar

Population

250,000

Airport

-

Living in Perlis

Arriving in Perlis

Sultan Abdul Halim Airport is the main airport that services Perlis and the capital city – Kangar. Despite being notoriously known as the smallest state, Perlis boasts grand attractions with modern amenities.

Airports

Sultan Abdul Halim Airport – Regional and domestic flights

Airport Transportation

Bus

Do note that there is no bus service from the airport. The train station is a 5-minute drive away. Interstate express buses servicing Perlis arrive at the Bukit Lagi Bus Terminal in Kangar

Train

The airport is a 5 minute drive away from the nearest KTM station stop – Anak Bukit. This railway station connects the airport to the main cities – Kangar, Kedah, Alor Setar and Padang Besar. Tickets can be bought onsite.

Car

Driving is on the left side of the road and do note that there are toll fees for major highways as well.

Taxi

Do note that fares will include highway toll fees. Flag downs and ride-hailing apps are available albeit at much reduced availability compared to Kuala Lumpur.

Getting Around Perlis

Services and infrastructure are up to par with many near-developed countries. Public transport covers mainly urban areas and suburbs on main roads. Other areas can be reached by private transport.

Bus

Buses within towns are easily accessible but service usually ends after nightfall. For Kangar, the main bus terminal can be found beside Kayangan Square.

Car

Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Malaysia for extended periods. As a developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is convenient too.

Taxi

Perlis has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.

Train

Interstate train service goes south to Singapore and north to Bangkok, Thailand. However, Perlis only has 3 stations, the intra-state service is quite limited.

Walking

Exploring by foot and bicycle is encouraged as Kangar is relatively small. Do remember to observe the local laws.

6 Things You Need To Do in Perlis

Padang Besar Markets

A village located in the northern part of Perlis, the market is near the Malaysia-Thailand border crossing and is known for its produce from both countries.

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Hiking Around Gua Kelam Cave / Recreational Park

Find your inner adventurer through exploring the limestone hill known for activities like caving and hiking, as well as a nearby river.

Find out more here.

Perlis State Park

Sited on “the longest continuous range of limestone hills in the country, called the Nakawan Range”, this state park is home to attractions like the Gua Kelam and Gua Wang Burma, ‘gua’ meaning caves.

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Kota Kayang Museum

Housing the Perlis State Museum, the three galleries display collections ranging from the archeological history of the local area to the building of Fort Kayang, as well as other interesting collections.

Find out more here.

Harvest Some Fruits at Bukit Bintang Agricultural Centre

Famed for its ‘Harumanis’ mangoes and grape plantation, the agricultural centre is home to a wide variety of grapes rivalling that of Australia or France.

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Kuala Perlis

Fresh seafood coupled with affordable prices makes this small fishing town a destination-of-choice for all connoisseurs out there.

Find out more here.

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