The smallest state in Malaysia, Perlis lies at the northwestern extremity of the Malay Peninsula with its western coastline borders the Straits of Malacca. Bounded by Thailand in the north and by Kedah to the east and south, it measures approximately 759 sq. km and has a population of 175,000. Kangar is the state capital while Arau is the royal town, where the royal palace and state mosque are seated.
With its unspoilt beauty, rustic charm, padi fields as far as the eye can see and ancient limestone outcrops, Perlis offers tranquility and countryside experience for those seeking a breakaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. There is a predominance of Malay and Thai influence here. The people of Perlis indulge in traditional games, dances and other interesting "hand-me-downs" entertainment. This is evident in its colourful music and dance performances such as Tarian Canggung (a traditional post- harvest celebration dance) and Tarian Terinai (traditional dance for royal ceremonies).