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Northern Region

The northern region is made famous by a couple of states. Well, no. I would be most biased to say that. In actual fact, each of the states in the northern region is fabulous in its own rights. The northern region comprises of Perlis and Kedah, the two northernmost states. This is followed by Penang and Perak. Perlis is the smallest state in the country, a mere 810 sq. km only. Although the smallest yet Perlis has established itself over the years as a progressive state in the historical scene. It has existed since pre-historic times with proofs in the form of ancient remains at Teguh Lembu Cave (Tengku Lembu) in Beseri. However, small as it is, it was overshadowed by the Kedah Sultanate - Kedah and Perlis are both rich lands with gentle slopping plains. These two areas make up the majority of paddy growing regions in Malaysia. It is aptly nicknamed the "Rice Bowl of Malaysia".

The states in the northern region is mainly rich in history and culture, thus if you are someone who enjoys sights like these, you must make it a point to visit the northern region. Most of its places of interest are made up of idyllic islands, beaches, plantations, rainforests and ancient historical sites, which surround the towns and cities. This is where the famous Langkawi Island can be found as well. Another popular island location, Penang or Pulau Pinang, is the first British outpost in Southeast Asia. A popular holiday destination for both international travelers and locals as well, Penang is also known as the "Pearl of the Orient". This charming little state is a picturesque place as it has a combination of both old and new, east and west. Penang has managed to retain this charming flavor for a very long time despite the rapid urban development.

Moving on to the state of Perak, you will see a change in landscape. An area of rocky limestone outcrop, Perak used to be home to one of the world's richest tin-mining areas. This rich land was also the birth land of Malaysia's rubber industry. Other forms of economy in Perak include fishing, vegetable farming, plantations and fruit growing, whereas the industrial development focuses mainly on small and medium based manufacturing.The northern region is made famous by a couple of states. Well, no. I would be most biased to say that. In actual fact, each of the states in the northern region is fabulous in its own rights. The northern region comprises of Perlis and Kedah, the two northernmost states. This is followed by Penang and Perak. Perlis is the smallest state in the country, a mere 810 sq. km only. Although the smallest yet Perlis has established itself over the years as a progressive state in the historical scene. It has existed since pre-historic times with proofs in the form of ancient remains at Teguh Lembu Cave (Tengku Lembu) in Beseri. However, small as it is, it was overshadowed by the Kedah Sultanate - Kedah and Perlis are both rich lands with gentle slopping plains. These two areas make up the majority of paddy growing regions in Malaysia. It is aptly nicknamed the "Rice Bowl of Malaysia".

The states in the northern region is mainly rich in history and culture, thus if you are someone who enjoys sights like these, you must make it a point to visit the northern region. Most of its places of interest are made up of idyllic islands, beaches, plantations, rainforests and ancient historical sites, which surround the towns and cities. This is where the famous Langkawi Island can be found as well. Another popular island location, Penang or Pulau Pinang, is the first British outpost in Southeast Asia. A popular holiday destination for both international travelers and locals as well, Penang is also known as the "Pearl of the Orient". This charming little state is a picturesque place as it has a combination of both old and new, east and west. Penang has managed to retain this charming flavor for a very long time despite the rapid urban development.

Moving on to the state of Perak, you will see a change in landscape. An area of rocky limestone outcrop, Perak used to be home to one of the world's richest tin-mining areas. This rich land was also the birth land of Malaysia's rubber industry. Other forms of economy in Perak include fishing, vegetable farming, plantations and fruit growing, whereas the industrial development focuses mainly on small and medium based manufacturing.

  • Perlis lies at the northwestern tip of the Malay Peninsula; bounded by Thailand in the north, and by Kedah to the east and south. Its western coastline...
  • Kedah has the distinction of being the "Rice-bowl of Malaysia" - a term that takes on aesthetic significance when one sees the rice fields for themselves:...
  • Penang – a world renowned exotic holiday destination – was known, once upon a time, as Pulau Pinang or the “Isle of the Betel Nut”....
  • Perak, the tin-mining state of Malaysia, is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Kedah and Thailand to the north, Penang to the...

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