Everything you Need to Know about Perlis
Not much is said about Perlis as it is probably the quietest state in Malaysia in addition to being the smallest.
Perlis was a part of Kedah under the Thai Monarchy until the Kedah Sultan took control of it. It briefly reverted to Siamese rule during the war before being handed over to the British and then finally becoming part of Malaysia on Independence Day.
Today, Perlis still retains much of the old-world charm. Little development goes on here and life is peaceful and quiet. Because of its small size, the sights found in Perlis can be covered in a short time, but are still worth visiting if only to experience the rustic living of its calm and mild people.
Perlis' economy is supported by agriculture, forestry and fishing. Agriculture dominates in terms of land use, manpower and growth domestic product (GDP). Main produces are paddy, sugar cane, rubber, mango, watermelon and teakwood.
Geography & Climate
Perlis is the smallest and northern-most state in Peninsular Malaysia. The state shares a border on the north with Satun in Thailand; on the east and south with Kedah; and on its west with the Straits of Malacca. It is a mere 810 sq. km wide, with a rather large part of the state below 61 meters above sea-level. Perlis's highest point is Gunung China, measuring 721 metres.
The state's climate is tropical monsoon, with temperature ranging from 21°C to 32°C. It is generally dry and warm from January to April. Humidity is high on the lowlands and ranges from 82-86 percent per year. Average rainfall per year falls between 2,032 mm to 2,540 mm with the wettest months being from May to December.
Town & Districts
The state capital of Perlis is Kangar, while Arau, some 10 kilometres away, is the royal town of Perlis. Although Perlis is not divided into districts, it is divided into Kangar, Arau and Padang Besar.