The Happiest City in Malaysia

Life in Perlis

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Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Perlis have been listed by the Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) as happiest cities in the country after the districts scored 80 per cent in the 2021 Happiness Index study for cities in Malaysia

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Life in Perlis - Masjid Al Hussain ‘floating mosque’.

Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia and is located on the north of Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Thailand. 

Perlis is a fascinating state to visit for the wider populace. Where, a state is designated as a “safe state” because it is surrounded by scenic hills and lush agricultural areas that are popular with domestic and international tourists. Perlis is one-of-a-kind state with an area of only 821 kilometres. Perlis has a dense population, making the ambiance quieter and more tranquil for visitors.

Perlis as a Malay state, has some of the best seafood in the world, including the legendary Puyu Fish, which is turned into the state’s hallmark cuisine. Traditional Malaysian cuisine, such as Nasi Kandar and Roti Canai, is also popular in Perlis.

The Pesta Air Kuala Perlis, or Perlis Water Festival, is closely linked to the waters and is held alongside other prominent state festivals like as the Perlis East Wind Festival. Perlis also has the best shopping for all types of south-styled clothing, with Kangar being the main draw. Perlis, despite its modest size, provides a wealth of experiences!


The Kayangan Square Mall is one of Perlis’ most popular shopping destinations. In addition to the Kayangan Square Mall, the Padang Besar and the Bukit Kayu Hitam are popular shopping destinations for both locals and tourists. Border towns are the preferred destination for bargain hunters. The Padang Besar is where you may shop for clothing, home items, and leather goods. These items are manufactured in big quantities in Thailand and then sold in this section of Perlis. Bukit Kayu Hitam is most well-known for being a duty-free shopping destination.

Restaurant / Dining

Hai Thien Seafood, Nyiru Klasik Kuala Perlis, Api-Api Kuala Perlis, and Medan Ikan Bakar are some of the most popular restaurants in Perlis. These are the places to go if you want to eat fresh seafood for a reasonable price. The Medan Ikan Bakar serves Malay cuisine, while the Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine. Both restaurants serve a variety of delicacies, including fried squid with sweet chilli sauce, tom yum seafood soup, boiling cockles, and more.


Tasik Melati is another fantastic spot for great views. This lake is located about 8 kilometres north of Kangar, in a lowland area. This is a great area to relax and take in the breath-taking views. The Gunung Medan is also a popular tourist destination.


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Life in Perlis - Roti Parata or Roti canai with lamb curry sauce.


There are many places to find delicious dishes. You can also decide to go casual and dine at the hawker centres
Life in Perlis - gua kelam,perlis

Tourist Attraction

Perlis is also well known for its tourist attraction. The tourist attraction usually are; The Gua Kelam Recreation Park, Perlis Indera Kayangan, Snake and Reptile Farm, and many more

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