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The state capital of Perlis is a small town surrounded by huge expanses of green padi fields that become a beholding golden yellow come harvest season. Because of Kangar's small size, most places are within walking distance. Look out for the state mosque, Masjid Alwi on Jalan Besar, which stands tall with its golden dome. The town's administration is run by the Municipal Council Kangar or in Malay as Majlis Perbandaran Kangar (MPK).

The town is the smallest state capital in Malaysia and its inhabitants are mostly farmers and civil servants. Kangar town is a mixture of old and new shophouses, and has an elegant colonial State Secretariat Building and clock tower from the 1930s. Other major landmarks are EPF Tower, one of the highest point in Kangar.

Another major landmark of the town is the golden-domed state Mosque on Jalan Besar close to the Kangar Travelogue. A small town, Kangar's stadium, general hospital, hotels and schools are all within walking distance. From Kangar town, take Jalan Kolam, heading eastward until you reach Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. The museum is located near the junction. One of the main landmarks close by is the Kangar Hospital.

The Pasar Malam in Kangar is on Wednesday. Pasar Malam is an open-air affair where business is already brisk at 5.00 pm, and are very popular because of the fiesta-like atmosphere. A Pasar Malam is held on an open ground or even a full stretch of a road or thoroughfare, according to what has been approved by the local authorities.

It is believed that the name Kangar was derived from a species of hawk named Kangkok or Spizaetus Limnaetu.

How to get there

By Bus

Kangar is the end of all domestic bus lines in Malaysia before crossing to Thailand. Most notable company is Transnasional Berhad, the largest bus company in Malaysia.

By Train

Taking a train to Perlis you will end up in a small town called Arau, less than 15km away from Kangar.

By Air

There is no airport in Kangar. The nearest airports are at Alor Setar and Pulau Langkawi.

Travel within the town and the state of Perlis is hence by road. As Perlis is a rather small state, travel distance within the state is hence rather short. Here are some of the towns and country sides that are of interest.

Kangar - Alor Setar 56km
Kangar - Arau 10km
Kangar - Kuala Perlis 10km
Kangar - Padang Besar 35km
Kangar - Wang Kelian 40km

As the state borders southern Thailand, travel by road to Hatyai is about 70km from Padang Besar via Sadao. Satun is about 32 km from Wang Kelian.




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