Padang Besar is a border town located in Perlis, Malaysia. This town is well-known among locals and foreigners because of the lively shopping market scene with attractive items at a bargain price. It is also known as Pekan Siam by local communities. In addition to the tourist destinations for shopping here, there is also a choice of hotels in Padang Besar at affordable prices.
Since the 1960s, Padang Besar has become a popular shopping paradise for Malaysian and Thai visitors. It is bordered by the Songkhla Province, Thailand. It is located 35 km North to Kangar. This place, Padang Besar is located opposite a city in Thailand which is called Siam Town by the local community. Padang Besar offers a wide range of products such as textiles, shoes, clothes, food, iron items and many more. Opening hours for this market are from 9 am to 6 pm. Padang Besar has the only direct rail link between Malaysia and Thailand. It also has a crossroads between the two countries. Apart from shopping, other activities in Perlis attracts people from outside and within the country. There are nearby attractions such as Gua Kelam, a limestone cave and Chuping, the largest sugarcane field. There are also Perlis State Park and Lake Timah-Tasoh.
The nearest airport to Padang Besar Market is located in Alor Setar, and you can travel to the Padang Besar Market for one hour and 30 minutes by using the North-South Expressway.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, it takes about 8 hours of driving by using the North-South Expressway and take the exit in Jitra and followed by Kodiang and then Kangar to get to Padang Besar Market.
The Kota Kayang Museum is located near Bukit Kayang in Kuala Perlis. Spread over 4.84 hectares, this museum is owned by Syed Salim as a gift from the King Syed Alwi. At the end of the 19th century, Syed Salim built his home and stayed with his family until they were sold to the state government. The building also became the official residence of the British Advisor, Military Administration until 1954 and became the official residence of the Chief Minister after independence. In 1991, the building was demolished and rebuilt and converted into a museum. The museum consists of Islamic artefacts, Perlis or Kedah crafts and treasures belongs to the royal family. The main gallery is a public gallery that chronologizes the building of the Fort Kayang and daily equipment of the Perlis aristocrats. An archaeological gallery here exhibits research on Kota Kayang and other parts of Perlis. While, the Perlis or Kedah gallery exhibits the royal family tree, golden flower replica, colonialism effects and other interesting collections. Entry is free, and the visitor can visit from 9 am to 5 pm daily except for Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji holidays.
This cave is a limestone cave which is a unique treasure of Perlis and Malaysia. It has about 370 metres long. It is a limestone cave which famous for its ‘walking cave’ activity. A hollow limestone path is believed to be the idea of one English people to convert this cave to transport tin ore from a mine near the entrance of the river from Kaki Bukit. It is also a favourite cave for adventure seekers. You will enter the cave from one end of the cave and exit at a different location. The only way in is through an 8-feet wide wooden hanging bridge. Currently, the walking path is illuminated by the bright light, and you can still find the mine's operations in the cave. You can hear the sound of bats and water drops from the stalactites.
Guests can also choose Satit Padang Hotel as your accommodation to relax and spend the night while visiting Padang Besar Market. The hotel is located in Sadao and located about 25 minutes from Perlis State Park. The hotel had 52 rooms and equipped with free Wi-Fi, television, desk and complementary toiletries. For the guests’ comfort and convenience, there are facilities and services offered by the hotel such as dry cleaning, laundry, 24-hour front desk and free parking is also available at the hotel.
W8 Guest House is located in Padang Besar, and it has a garden and a terrace. This 4-star house offers Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, car park, family room and coffee shop. It also has an air conditioning, desk, minibar, balcony/terrace and television. Also, the guest house provides an airport shuttle service and a bicycle rental service. American or Asian breakfasts are available every morning at the guest house, and there are various restaurants located close to the guest house.
Putra Regency Hotel is a 15 minutes’ drive from Kota Kayang Museum, Al Hussain Mosque. It is also a 30 minutes’ drive to Perlis State Park. This 3.5-star hotel with 145 rooms has a complimentary breakfast alongside with amenities such as an outdoor pool and free parking. Make yourself at home in one of their 145 air conditioned rooms featuring minibars, flat-screen televisions and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a desk and coffee/tea maker while daily housekeeping and complimentary toiletries are provided.