03/04/2024 09:56 AM
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By Dr Faiz Masnan

Perlis, a state in the northern region of Malaysia, is often overlooked by travellers in search of popular destinations. This state holds a treasure trove of natural beauty, unique local cultural heritage, special food and fruits, and warm hospitality waiting to be explored.

Starting this year, Perlis invites people to embark on an unforgettable journey to discover the charm of this hidden gem through the ‘Visit Perlis 2024-2025’ campaign.

Natural wonders await

With its border with Satun and Songkhla in Thailand, Perlis boasts a rich geographical attraction that reflects its diverse influences and traditions. Nature lovers will be delighted by Perlis’s pristine landscapes and natural wonders.

Explore the lush greenery of the Perlis State Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, and embark on thrilling hiking trails offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Another wonder of nature is the Wang Kelian View Point. With a specially-built rig, people can capture beautiful memories against the backdrop of Perlis’s stunning state from afar. It has many 'Instagrammable' corners, allowing you to take pictures and capture videos without having to wait in long queues.

For shopping lovers, Perlis has Padang Besar, an area that offers a variety of unique goods such as food usually found only in places bordering Thailand, clothing, jewelry and home furnishings from neighbouring countries at cheaper prices.

Among the special things to buy is dodol, tropical fruits in season, drinks, sticky rice with mango, and durians.

Moving a little bit to the middle of the state, people can visit Tasik Melati, Timah Tasoh Lake and the freshwater fish sanctuary near the lake for a tranquil escape. The place offers activities such as kayaking, camping sites, fish feeding, fishing, patrol boats around the lake, and many others.

Savour Perlis's culinary delights

No visit to Perlis is complete without indulging in its culinary delights.

From savoury local dishes to sweet delicacies, Perlis offers a gastronomic adventure for food enthusiasts.

Sample the iconic Laksa Perlis, a spicy noodle soup bursting with flavours, or tantalise your taste buds with ikan bakar, freshly grilled fish marinated in aromatic spices only available at Kuala Perlis.

Do not forget to enjoy the afternoon breeze with stunning sunset on the coast of Kuala Perlis. The place also offers amenities for tracking and jogging along the coast while enjoying the view of the sea.

Sustainable tourism

As Perlis opens its doors to visitors, it is committed to preserving its natural environment and cultural heritage for future generations.

The ‘Visit Perlis’ campaign promotes sustainable tourism practices that minimise environmental impact and support local communities.

By choosing eco-friendly accommodations, participating in community-based tours, and respecting local customs, travellers can contribute to Perlis’s sustainable tourism efforts.

Perlis beckons travellers with its untamed beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. As the ‘Visit Perlis’ campaign unfolds in 2024, seize the opportunity to uncover the secrets of this hidden gem and embark on a journey of discovery like no other.

Come and experience Perlis’s magic for yourself – you will not be disappointed!


Dr Faiz Masnan is a Senior Lecturer at University Malaysia Perlis.

(The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of BERNAMA)