Destination Guide

Perlis: A guide on things to do, where to stay, and must try food!

City life is often hectic and there are days we catch ourselves longing for some peace and quiet. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel very far to find that. Sleepy little Perlis offers plenty of that charm. The northernmost state of Malaysia is close to Langkawi but is often overlooked. Here, we have a useful guide to help you plan your visit to this delightful destination!


Things to do


Visit the paddy fields

Left, right, and everywhere else you look, the stunning paddy fields of Perlis catches the eye. It makes for a pleasing respite from the city’s towering skyscrapers and noisy vehicles trundling everywhere. Typically, the paddies are planted after the rainy season, which means the best time for you to visit is March to mid May and September to mid November.


Go for an adventure in Gua Kelam

Gua Kelam is the most popular cave in Perlis and is located about 25 minutes drive from Kangar. There is only one path to the cave, by means of an 8-foot-wide suspension bridge (those afraid of heights beware!) Once inside, you have nothing to worry about as the interior is well lit and there is a proper pathway for you to navigate through the cave. Keep your eyes peeled for remnants of the former tin mining operation, curious little bats, and an array of limestone formations.


Hike to Gua Sami

Also known as Gua Cenderawasih, this popular hiking spot offers stunning views from the top. Rumor has it that monks used to meditate in the cave, hence the name Gua Sami. The hike is a fairly easy one as it is all steps and not a jungle trail. One thing you should take note of is that the steps are pretty steep. Expect to see shades of green and gold when you look down – truly a visual feast.


Check out Tasik Melati

This natural wetland located within a development area is known for its lakes and recreational facilities. With its many pretty gazebos and bridges, it also makes for a very instagrammable spot. The water here never dries up as local farmers use it as an irrigation system. There are over 150 sandbars scattered throughout the lake, and visitors can easily stroll through by means of a footway. 


Where to stay

Hotel Seri Malaysia Kangar

Located only 7.5 km away from Kuala Perlis Ferry Terminal and close to popular attractions, this cosy hotel is strategically located. With comfortable and well-equipped rooms, you may not even want to leave the room! Should you get hungry, have no fear because the hotel provides a fine selection of food for you to choose from – think Laksa Perlis and grilled fish with hot sauce.


De Mesra Villa

Situated within walking distance from eateries and popular landmarks, staying at this hotel will make your trip much more convenient. Some highlights include Eagle Square, Pulau Payar Marine Hub and Tanjung Rhu Beach. Rooms here are comfortably equipped with necessities so you can lie back and enjoy your trip without wanting for anything.


T Hotel Kuala Perlis


The snug rooms in this hotel guarantee a pleasant and restful sleep. Clean rooms equipped with amenities will also help to make your stay an even better one. Check out nearby attractions like Bukit Kubu Recreational Forest, Kota Kayang Museum, and Taman Awam Bukit Lagi.


Must try food


No trip to Perlis is complete without seafood. Prawns, crabs, squid, and anything else you can find in the sea is freshly cooked and served at most restaurants here. Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant is one of the places you should visit if you are looking for something wallet-friendly and close to the sea. Recommended dishes include Sweet & Sour Crabs, Indonesian Prawns and Seafood Soup.


Where to find:

Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant

Jalab Jeti Baru, Kuala Perlis, Perlis

Operation Hours: daily, 5.30pm-11.45pm

Eaun Tong Kedai Kopi 

For a hearty breakfast, this is the go-to place. The food may be simple but do not be fooled! The char kuey teow is sinfully tasty and perfectly cooked, while the classic half-boiled egg with toast makes for a great start to the day. Prices are decent, and the portion is satisfactory, so you know it will keep you happily fueled throughout your day.


Where to find:

Eaun Tong Kedai Kopi 

65, Jalan Kangar, Kangar

Operation Hours: N/A 

Ah Beng Laksa

Laksa lovers, you do not want to miss this place. This humble stall is a favorite among the locals so you know it has that stamp of approval! Laksa here comes in a choice of red or white, with red being the classic Asam Laksa and white being Asam Laksa mixed with coconut milk. Rich, delicious and oh-so-good, we can safely say that this is not the place to count your calories.


Where to find:

Ah Beng Laksa

Pusat Bandar Kangar, Kangar

Operation Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1pm-6pm


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