Best Natural Attractions in Perlis, Malaysia

The smallest state in Malaysia lies north of the Peninsular west coast just beneath the Thai province of Satun. Besides its beautiful mosques such as Masjid Alwi Kangar and the floating Masjid Al Hussain Kuala Perlis, it is also home to Gua Kelam - a historical cave that was once an important mining center under the British administration in Malaya.

For those who thrive on spending time in the outdoors and observing the wildlife, Perlis also offers countless amazing natural attractions that cannot be found anywhere else in the region. Use this list to help you plan your trip to this beautiful destination on your next visit to West Malaysia!

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Best Natural Attractions in Perlis, Malaysia

Lar Gibbon

If you're a nature lover, you won't want to miss the chance to catch a glimpse of the stunning Lar Gibbon on your next trip to Perlis. Also known as the white-handed gibbon or Ungka Tangan Putih locally, this majestic primate can be found throughout southwest China, East Myanmar, Thailand, Sumatra and West Malaysia.

In Perlis, the Lar Gibbon population is concentrated around the breathtaking Banjaran Nakawan - a series of mountains and hills that are connected on elevated grounds. Here, you'll have the opportunity to witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, swinging gracefully from tree to tree and filling the air with their distinctive calls.

As you explore the stunning landscape of Perlis, be sure to keep an eye out for the Lar Gibbon. With their striking white hands and captivating presence, these primates are a true wonder of the natural world.

lar gibbon in perlis
Haven't seen a Lar Gibbon? Head over to Banjaran Nakawan in Perlis to test your luck!

Wang Kelian, Kampung Wang Kelian

You can have the view of the entire state of Perlis from the summit of Wang Kelian. This destination is popular among nature lovers as it is a great place to observe animals such as the Stump-Tailed Macaques that can only be found in Perlis and parts of southern Thailand.

The village of Wang Kelian was previously a very popular destination among tourists as there was a market located right on the Malaysia-Thailand border. However, its popularity has dipped in 2015 when death camps and mass graves were discovered in the dense jungles here where human trafficking took place.

Wang Kelian hiking
Beautiful limestone outcrops of Wang Kelian, Perlis

Bukit Chabang, Kangar

This iconic limestone formation is home to a myriad of fascinating creatures, from rare and exotic animals to migratory birds that flock to the area each year.

With its evergreen landscape and virgin forest surroundings, Bukit Chabang is a true paradise for nature enthusiasts and hikers alike. The 390-meter high peak is one of the best hiking spots in Perlis, offering a challenging and exhilarating trek that takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

As you make your way up the rocky and steep trail, you'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscape, with its rolling hills and lush greenery stretching out as far as the eye can see. And for those who are up for a challenge, the hike up Bukit Chabang is sure to be an unforgettable experience - a true test of your strength, stamina, and sense of adventure.

Bukit Keteri, Kangar

Bukit Keteri is a limestone formation estimated to be over 250 million years old. It is known to many hikers as the Belly Button as it has a difficulty grade of 8B+, making it one of the more interesting hiking destinations across the region. Within the limestone, you can find a cave as wide as a football field and at the peak, hikers will be rewarded with a scenic view of the surrounding paddy fields.

Bukit Keteri perlis
Bukit Keteri in Perlis is surrounded by picturesque paddy fields.

Migratory Birds

Asian Openbill Storks (Anastomus Oscitans) or the Burung Botak Upeh are migrating birds from southern Asia. They arrive at Perlis in the mid of March each year and feed on the Siput Gondang Emas, simultaneously helping local farmers to get rid of the pests. These particular birds are commonly found foraging in inland wetlands or on agricultural landscapes such as irrigation canals, seasonal marshes or crop fields.

bird watching in perlis
Perlis is famous for birdwatching, and among that birds that you may see here are the Asian Openbill Storks, Common Flamebacks, Laced Woodpeckers, and the Pied Trillers.

Rare Dolphin Species

If you're a lover of marine life, you won't want to miss the chance to witness the stunning rare dolphin species that call Kuala Perlis and Kuala Sanglang home. Here, just 3 kilometers from the shores, you'll have the opportunity to witness hundreds of dolphins in their natural habitat, from the majestic Indo Pacific Humpbacks and Porpoise to the elusive Irrawaddy.

But that's not all - if you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic Bottlenose dolphins, some of which can grow up to 3 to 4 meters in length. As you gaze out at the glittering waters of Kuala Perlis and Kuala Sanglang, you'll be mesmerized by the grace and beauty of these incredible creatures, as they leap and play in the waves.

dolphin sighting in perlis
Don't forget to go on a dolphin sighting tour the next time you are in Perlis!

Kuala Perlis

Perlis is blessed with a bountiful marine life that has become a source of food for the locals, such as menterang (pholas), kerang (clams) and prawns. Many travelers have made Kuala Perlis their must-visit destination here to witness the most beautiful sunset from the shores, with the distant but noticeable Langkawi island in the background.

sunset in kuala perlis
Spectacular sunset at Kuala Perlis

Wang Gunung, Kangar

Located within the Nakawan Range lies the breathtaking Wang Gunung limestone - a true natural wonder that is not to be missed. This stunning peak, which is estimated to be 500 million years old, stands at an impressive 499 meters above ground level, offering a challenge and adventure to those who dare to climb it.

As you make your way up the rocky and steep trail, you'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscape, with its rolling hills and lush greenery stretching out as far as the eye can see. But it's when you reach the summit that the true magic happens - as you gaze out at the breathtaking panoramic view of Perlis and Satun, the southernmost province of Thailand.

From this vantage point, you'll be able to take in the stunning beauty of the region, with its rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters. And as the sun sets over the horizon, casting a warm glow over the landscape, you'll feel a sense of peace and tranquillity that is simply indescribable.

hiking wang gunung perlis
Wang Gunung in Perlis is 500 million years old!

Nocturnal Owls

As the sun sets over the stunning landscape of Perlis, a whole new world comes alive - a world filled with mystery, intrigue, and the enchanting call of the nocturnal owls. Here, amidst the rolling hills and verdant paddy fields, you'll have the opportunity to witness some of the most fascinating creatures of the night, including the majestic Barn Owl.

Known scientifically as the Tyto Alba Javanica, these stunning birds make their home in the caves that dot the countryside, where they can hunt for food with ease. As you make your way through the rugged terrain, you'll be treated to the sight of these magnificent creatures in flight, their wings spread wide as they soar through the night sky.

And as you listen to the haunting call of the nocturnal owls, you'll feel a sense of wonder and awe at the beauty of the natural world. With its stunning landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and enchanting nocturnal creatures, Perlis is a destination that is not to be missed - a true paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

birdwatching in perlis
Can't get enough of birds? You might want to add Barn Owls onto your bird-watching list!

With its unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, this enchanting destination is a must-visit for any traveller looking to experience the best that Malaysia has to offer.

From the rugged peaks of Wang Gunung to the impressive limestone formations of Bukit Chabang, Perlis is a destination that is sure to take your breath away. And with its vibrant local markets, delicious cuisine, and warm and welcoming locals, you'll feel right at home in this charming state.

So why not embark on an unforgettable journey to Perlis and experience the magic for yourself? Whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or simply someone looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure, this stunning destination is sure to capture your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

And don't forget to share your travel and dining moments with us on Instagram by tagging @rollinggrace or #RollingGrace. We can't wait to see the unforgettable experiences that await you in Perlis!


  1. Seronok juga kalau dapat ke Perlis. Belum pernah sampai ke negeri kecil utara Malaysia ni. Bnyak juga lokasi berbukit atau gunung kat Perlis ya. Hope dptla pegi nanti.

  2. Dah lama dah tak ke Perlis... dulu dulu teringat g Padang Besar masa tggal kat runah arwah bapa saudara... cuma blm kesempatan melawat trmoat2 memarik spt yg dinyatakan kecuali Kuala Perlis.

  3. I x pernah sampai Perlis tapi mng ramai yg cakap Perlis byk tempat best

  4. It’s been a long time that I haven’t been to Perlis, truly miss going there actually! Indeed Perlis got it’s gems to explore too, the foodie are good as well!

  5. I am totally amazed by the number of attractions that we have in Perlis. We can even see Dolphins? Wow! I really want to visit Perlis after reading your post.

  6. Perlis is like a little undiscovered gem up there in the north. Would love to do one of those hikes.

  7. Wish to have a time for see the dolpihns...already put in my wishlist!

  8. Really need to plan a trip to Perlis after reading through the post.. Another hidden gem in Malaysia that we local tourist should share it out..

  9. Definitely gonna book marked this. I mmg nak travel to perlis soon.. So boleh la buat jadi my to-do list nnt


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