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The tiny state of Perlis lies at the northeastern tip of Peninsula Malaysia, bounded by Thailand in the north and by Kedah in the east and south. Its western coastline borders the Straits of Malacca. Although it is the smallest state in Malaysia, it boasts of a wealth of natural, cultural, and historical splendors that rival the bigger states. Quaint villages, picturesque scenery, and centuries-old traditions will mesmerize visitors to the state. Perlis is the perfect destination if one prefers old-world charm instead of the hustle and bustle of the city, where life is unhurried and the environment naturally fresh and crisp.

Agriculture, fishing, and forestry pursuits dominate the economy of Perlis. Like Kedah, the state also shares the distinction of being the "rice bowl" of the country. Sugar cane and rubber are also extensively cultivated, along with mango and watermelon. As the state progresses toward industrialization, medium-scale industrial and manufacturing activities have also been developed.

Perlis was once a part of Kedah, which the Thais conquered in 1821. When Kedah was subsequently restored to the Sultan of Kedah, Perlis was separated from it. Perlis was then made into a separate vassal with its own raja. Similar with Kedah, power was transferred from the Thais to the British in 1909 under the Anglo-Siamese Treaty. During the Japanese Occupation in World War II, Perlis was returned to Thailand. When the Japanese surrendered, Perlis came under British protection until it gained independence under the Federation of Malaya in 1957.

Getting there

By Air : There are no direct flight services to Perlis, but visitors can fly into Alor Setar, Kedah. From there, taxis are available to Kangar, the capital city of Perlis, which takes about 45 minutes.

By Road : Perlis is accessible by car from major points in the Peninsula. Express bus services are also available.

By Ferry : Ferryboats provide scheduled crossings between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi, Kedah. The journey takes about an hour to reach.



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