Updated: Jan 21
Our first stop after crossing the border. Arau is the royal capital of Perlis, a small town with a population of 20,000. We briefly explored this city because we only stayed 1 night.
The Tom Yam served in Perlis is supposedly the best in the country due to their close neighboring relations with Thailand. Another recommended regional favorite is Laksa Perlis, a thick and creamy fish gravy seafood noodle dish.
Learn about the Perlis history at Galeri Diraja Istana. Perlis has an interesting history, currently it's part of the Federation of Malaya. The main economy of Perlis consists of agriculture, forest and fishing. The largest sugar plantation in Malaysia can be found here, rubber is also cultivated and the main fruit exports are mango and watermelon.
Alor Setar was founded in 1735 by Kedah's 19th Ruler, and is the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. It is one of the most important cities on the west-coat of Malaysia as it sits along the county's longest expressways acting as a transportation hub between Thailand and Northern Malaysia.
When you eat at restaurants in Malaysia you will be asked by a beverage person would you would like to drink, we highly recommend getting te ais. Te ais is tea sweetened with condensed milk.
Capital city of Perak (located by the Kinta River) after it's liberation from Japanese forces by British forces in the 1940s. Ipoh was originally a village of Paloh, but grew rapidly after a large deposit of tin was discovered nearby in the 1880s. In the late twentieth century after tin mines were depleted and closed the growth of Ipoh stagnated, the city now relies on tourism to sustain the economy.
Eating more Nasi Kandar in Ipoh!
Ipoh is split in two, old town (west of Kinta River) and new town (eastern bank of Kinta River to Greentown). A local hakka miner, Yau Tet Shin, started developing a large parcel of land in the early 1930s which became know as "new town." Ipoh is known as the "hipster" capital of Malaysia, take a walk around old and new town to see all the street art! A local favorite we will have to go back and try is white coffee. Coffee beans are roasted with palm oil margarine, and the resulting coffee is served with condensed milk.