The name Kangar is believed to be derived from a species of hawk named Kangkok. Although it is the state capital of Perlis, Malaysia, it is not densely populated like other capital cities and is located in the heart of the country’s major rice producing region surrounded by lots of green padi fields.

Buildings in downtown Kangar are mostly old shop houses where you can still find some old elegant colonial architecture. Being the main commercial center of the state, basic amenities and infrastructure are well maintained. You can actually get everything within walking distance.


An easy way to explore this small town is by indentify the following landmarks:

  • EPF Tower, one of the highest point in Kangar
  • Kubu Hill Recreational Park
  • Malay World Weaponry Museum
  • Perlis Craft Cultural Complex
  • State Museum and Heritage Hall
  • Syed Alwi State Mosque
  • Kuala Perils Bus Terminal and Kuala Perlis Ferry Service
  • Perlis Islamic Center
  • Central Market
  • Putra Palace Hotel
  • Federal Hotel
  • Malaysia Hotel

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kuala perlis jettySituated at the mouth of the Perlis River, Kuala Perlis is about 15 km away from the capital town of Kangar in the state of Perlis in Malaysia.

Kuala Perlis is a small fishing port with a population of about 10,000 people and definitely visitors will not be impressed if they are looking for colorful city life. But tourist still flocks into this sleepy small town for other reasons.

The Kuala Perlis ferry terminal is a popular transit point for tourist to visit the famous Island Resort of Pulau Langkawi or the Langkawi Islands.

Being the main fishing hub in the northern part of Malaysia, Kuala Perlis also offer fresh and cheap seafood. You can enjoy yourself with some of the best recipes from the origin of Chinese, Malays and even Thai style cooking.

Kuala Perlis is one place you will not get disappointed when in a transit.

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