At the northern end of the west coast, Malaysia’s smallest state, Perlis, isn’t a particularly popular stop on most tourists’ maps. Bordering Kedah to the south, it’s often simply regarded as a transit point to Thailand or Langkawi and locals best know it as one of the country’s foremost rice-producing states. Situated along the Thai border, the Perlis State Park merits a visit but bucolic Perlis doesn’t boast many tourist-worthy sights. A predominantly Malay state, English isn’t widely spoken here but locals are invariably friendly and welcoming. Accommodation options are, of course, limited and luxury ventures are decidedly hard to come by – try Eagle Park Resort or Hotel Seri Kangar: they’re well kept, well-run ventures that are excellent value for money.