Stopping by Arau, Alor Setar & Ipoh, Malaysia : Travel Photography

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.

First meal in Arau

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.

Arau royal palace
House of Jamalullail, Monarch of Perlis.

To visit you need to obtain a letter of permission through the SUK Perlis office.

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.

The hotel we stayed at

Take out Nasi Kandar, a must eat when in Malaysia

At the time we were visiting the roads were being repaved

Alor Setar

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.

Basking in the ambiance
Basking in the ambiance

Capten Salam nasi goreng, very delicious!

Beautiful day in Alor Setar

Eating dinner at a Kedai Makan, "hawker center", outside of Alor Star Mall

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.

We found eco stores to buy snacks and small gadgets at, they are equivalent to dollar stores in the states

Small coffee shop by the side of the road

Mall with food and an ultra market

Food court food at Alor Star Mall


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.

Busy night market streets

Candy maker

Crowded restaurants

Eating more Nasi Kandar in Ipoh!

More tables outside the Nasi Kandar restaurant
More tables outside the Nasi Kandar restaurant

15MYR ~$ 3.63 for two plates of nasi kandar
15MYR ~$ 3.63 for two plates of nasi kandar

Eating Indian food, tasty, but not as good as the local nasi kandar

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.

A stark difference from old town, visiting Ipoh Parade shopping mall

Dusk in Ipoh

Street art

Nasi Kandar at all times of the day

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