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Perlis – More than only a stopover

Perlis might be a smallest state in Malaysia, yet binds a possess when it comes to a abounding ancestral past and desirable attractions.

Perlis is located during a northern partial of west seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, south of Thailand and north of Kedah. With a race of tighten to 230,000 people in an area measuring tighten to 800 block kilometres, Perlis is famous as a smallest state in Malaysia.

The collateral of Perlis is Kangar and about 10km divided is a state’s stately collateral Arau. For many travellers, Perlis is a stopover on a approach to other towns or traveller attractions. For example, Perlis’ Padang Besar is a limit city that is partial of a common track travellers take from Malaysia to Thailand. Perlis’ categorical pier and packet depot during a tiny encampment of Kuala Perlis is also used to get to Langkawi Island, renouned with unfamiliar and internal tourists.

Kangar

An aerial perspective of Kangar city today.

Even yet Perlis is seen as a transport couple to other renouned destinations, it is mocking that there is no airfield in a state. Rail or highway are a usually options for people to get into Perlis. The nearest airports are located in Alor Setar, Kedah, that is about 40 kilometres divided from Kuala Perlis, and on Langkawi island, about 45 kilometres divided from Perlis’ categorical port.

Historical go-between

Originally, Perlis was partial of Kedah and was ruled by a Siamese, that cowed Kedah in 1821. During Siamese rule, Perlis was called Palit. At that time a Siamese had sealed an agreement with a British, where a latter concurred a Siamese explain over 4 northern states – Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. This treaty, famous as a Burney Treaty 1826, positive a British a explain on Penang and rights to trade in Terengganu and Kelantan though division from a Siamese.

The banished Kedah Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin and his supporters fought for over 12 years to revive a Malaya Sultan to his throne, yet finally a Malay ruler supposed a conditions set by a Siamese and resumed his Sultanate in Kedah. The Siamese afterwards distant Perlis as a bondman state, where Sayyid Hussain Jamalulail became a initial Raja Perlis or Perlis ruler.

In 1909, a Anglo-Siamese Treaty dissected a tenure of states again, withdrawal a Siamese’ southern Malay states to a British. While a British had commissioned a Resident in a state, Perlis was returned to a Siamese (or Thailand) during World War II for a fondness with Japan. But this was usually finished quickly as a cast finished after a Japanese surrendered. Perlis became partial of a Malayan Union, afterwards a Federation of Malaya in 1957 and assimilated a Federation of Malaysia in 1963.

Bukit Jernih

Bukit Jernih in Chuping is one of a many charming limestone hills in Perlis.

Perlis today

Kangar is a state collateral of Perlis, with a race of about 50,000.  The 3000 ha sized city is located by a Perlis river. In a centre of a city lies a Sena district or popularly called “Uptown Sena” by locals.

Most of Perlis’ residents are polite servants or farmers who work on a paddy fields in a outskirt areas. The city centre is done adult of crisscrossing streets lined by shophouses, typically housing banks, various shops and quick food restaurants.

Some trust that a name Kangar came from a hawk class called Kangkok while a opposite chronicle of a start is cited in a Perlis state government’s website. The website states that underneath a order of Sultan Muhyiddin Mansor Shah from 1652, Tok Peduka non-stop Kangar in 1653. A Kangar tree was found during a stream and subsequently he renamed a area, Pelabuhan Pohon Kangar or Port of Kangar tree.

Perlis’ categorical mercantile activity is rice tillage and visitors are means to admire a expanded views of paddy fields, wooden huts and farmers given to their stand when they transport over Kangar. Similarly like Perak, pretentious limestone plateau arise from these prosaic paddy fields, that supplement to a attract of Perlis. These plateau or outcroppings as they are known, are partial of a prolonged limestone operation in Southeast Asia called a Nakawan, that lies on a limit of Perlis and Thailand.

This 500 million year aged limestone is home to over 600 class of flora and fauna, including 68 invertebrate species, according to a state tourism department. Visitors can try a wonders of this limestone sourroundings by visiting a 370-metre prolonged limestone cavern called Gua Kelam during Kaki Bukit, all during a Perlis State Park. The usually approach into a cavern is by walking on an eight-foot far-reaching wooden cessation bridge, that links Kaki Bukit to a Wan Tangga Valley.

A sea of green: The monumental perspective of a paddy margin in Perlis.

History buffs can suffer a state museum, Kota Kayang Museum or revisit a Syed Alwi State Mosque, a former state mosque that was built in 1910. Other renouned sights are a old-fashioned fishing city of Kuala Perlis, renouned as a movement heart and also for a internal cuisine. A lizard and invertebrate plantation is located nearby Sungai Batu Pahat and surrounded by a Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve,  an captivate for inlet lovers. At this farm, investigate is conducted to rise anti-venom medicine for lizard bites. It houses over 20 class of snakes and reptiles, including crocodiles and guard lizards.


Map: Perlis


Perlis State Park, Wang Kelian

North to Perlis we go!

Tasik Melati, Perlis

Kangar’s small gems

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UNESCO LISTING BOOSTS ARRIVALS

MELAKA- In 2008, UNESCO chose to register both cities of Melaka and Georgetown (State of Penang) into the World Heritage List. Both cities were seen as lively historical testimonies of 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca.

The UN agency for culture then acknowledged that few urban centres in Southeast Asia blended to intimately influences of Asia and Europe providing both towns with a specific multicultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka is a remarkable example of colonial architecture, which stretches back to the 15th-century Malay sultanate, continued with the Portuguese and Dutch presence from the early 16th century to finally become part of British Malaya before being part of the new independent Malaysia.

UNESCO then helped Melaka to preserve and renovate its blend of Chinese, European and Malay architectures as well as preserving its peculiar way of life. Over the last five years, old houses along the River have been renovated, some transformed into trendy cafes, eateries and hotels. In the evening special lighting effects turn also the city into an attractive night destination. 

Long considered as a sleepy outpost on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Melaka is now reviving as tourists and domestic visitors rediscover the city since its UNESCO inception.

In 2011, Melaka recorded its highest number of visitors ever at 12.165 million. They generated tourism revenues of RM 7.06 billion (US$ 2.2 billion).

According to State Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Wira Latiff Tamby Chik, growth in tourist arrivals was 17.5 per cent higher than in 2010.

During the first four months of 2012, growth continued unabated. Melaka welcomed during that period 4.11 million, a further rise of 13.3 % over the same months of 2011. From this number, 2.92 million were domestic tourists while the rest were foreigners.

Foreign arrivals grow faster than the domestic ones (37.3% versus 5.8%). The State government now believes that Melaka will welcome over 12.5 million visitors by year end. 

According to report by the State Tourism Department, Melaka top five foreign country tourist arrivals were China with 222,999 tourists followed by Singapore (185,277), Indonesia (16890), Taiwan (108,128) and Hong Kong (57,241).

Most popular attractions to the area are museums (312,058 visitors) followed by the Malacca River Cruise (279,338 visitors), Malacca Zoo (176,943) and Menara Taming Sari (169,340). 

A popular program in Melaka for foreign travellers is homestays with local people. Melaka offers 7 homestay programs officially registered with the Tourism Ministry. They welcomed last year 25,109 visitors, of which 8,883 were foreign guests. 

Among the new initiatives launched towards for travellers is a new website called ‘Welcome to Melaka’. The site provides travellers with everything about Malaysia’s capital city of culture by sharing some of Melaka’s best addresses, providing also web-surfers with articles and even discounts to selected shops. 

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MELAKA AIMS FOR 12.5 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2012

Malacca sees 13.3pc rise in tourist arrivals

By Syawal Syahrin | [email protected] 0 comments

4 MILLION IN FOUR MONTHS: Chinese, Singaporeans and Indonesians among top arrivals

MALACCA: More than four million tourists visited the state in the first four months of this year, an increase of 13.3 per cent compared with the same period in 2011.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said of the 4.11 million tourists, 2.92 million were domestic tourists while the rest were foreigners.

“From January to April last year, Malacca saw some 3.62 million tourists visiting the state.

“But this year, for the same corresponding period, we saw an increase of 481,217 visitors.

“Foreign tourists saw a sharp increase of 37.3 per cent or 321,441, while domestic visitors grew by 5.8 per cent or 159,776 people,” he said.

Based on a report by the State Tourism Department, Ali said the top five foreign country tourist arrivals were China with 222,999 tourists, Singapore (185,277), Indonesia (168,190), Taiwan (108,128) and Hong Kong (57,241).

“As for the domestic tourists, the bulk of them were from Selangor, which recorded 773,271 tourists, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 666,520 tourists and Johor stands at the third place with 484,748 tourists.”

In the area of health tourism, Ali said some 141,602 people had sought treatment from three major private hospitals in the state — Mahkota Medical Centre, Putra Specialist Hospital and the Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh.

“This figures comprises 81.6 per cent of the total number of tourists who came to Malacca to seek medical attention, with a majority of them coming from Indonesia with 29,789 people.

“Other foreigners who come here for medical tourism are from Singapore, China, Middle East and also Bangladesh.”

Ali also said museums in the state were the most popular attraction among tourists as they attracted 312,058 people, followed by the Malacca River Cruise (279,338 visitors), Malacca Zoo (176,943) and Menara Taming Sari (169,340).

Ali said the state government’s initiative in developing a variety of attractions had resulted in the drastic rise of tourists in this state, thus making Malacca a must-visit state in Malaysia.

“Besides this, several tourism aspects such as hygiene, tourists’ safety and communication facilities were crucial factors in attracting tourists to the state.

“Our ‘Think Tourism and Act Tourism’ initiative also managed to get the people to realise the importance of tourism to the state’s economy and this, too, is vital in ensuring we remain on top in the country’s tourism scene.”

This year, he said the state aims to attract 12.5 million tourists.

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