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If you want to be off the beaten path and find incredible climbing on limestone cliffs, come to Perlis. The climbing is secluded and routes are fresh.

The local climbers here will treat you like family.

Perlis is the northern most state of Malaysia and shares a border with Thailand. The climbing and limestone cliffs towering over the land are similar to those in Krabi, but with bigger caves and fresher routes (unlike the super polished routes all around Tonsai). There is climbing in mountainous national park in the west of Perlis - the rest of Perlis is flat with gorgeous limestone monoliths scattered through the land. The climbing ranges from easy to crazy hard.

To avoid the extreme heat, bugs and wet season, the best time to come climb here is between January and April. Though you can climb year round, just bring bug spray and don’t climb midday.

The people here are very friendly, the food is great and everyone is welcoming to climbers. Food and accommodation here is cheap very cheap.

You should contact the “Perlis Climbers” for any information. A lot of information of this area is not online. The “Perlis Climbers” will be a huge help for you.
+60129466569 (This is Amirul’s number, contact him on WhatsApp)

If you don’t have a partner, one of the “Perlis Climbers” will no doubt go climb with you. They are incredible people and have incredible plans for the area. Some of the crags are difficult to find and require going through long caves on the approach, the “Perlis Climbers” will make your life so much easier to find the crag and they can show you the best places.

There is endless opportunity here for climbing. The “Perlis Climbers” have plans to bolt another 1000 routes in the state and turn the area into a haven for rock climbers.

Free camping is allowed at all of the crags other than Gua Kalem, where you can get a campsite for a dollar a night. There are homestays available.

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Perlis is a small state. All of the crags are within a 30 minute drive from one another.

Grab is an app like Uber which is an easy way to get around. A 20 minute drive should cost about 5 USD.

There are some car rental services in the area. The “Perlis Climbers” may be able to arrange for you to rent a scooter.

Hitch hiking is safe here and the people will be friendly.

From Kuala Lumpur:

The easiest way is to take a train.

There is a direct train from Kuala Lumpur to Arau and to Padang Besar. The train ride is about 5 hours and should cost 10-20USD.

Go to Arau if you are staying in Kangar or want to climb Bukit Keteri, Bukit Lagi, or Semadong. You can take a local train to Bukit Keteri train station which is right next to Bukit Keteri crag.

You can also take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kangar, which will be cheaper than the train but is about 6-9 hours depending on traffic.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi or Alor Setar, but it’s likely not worth the hassle, you will still need to take trains/taxis/ferries to get to the crags.

From away:

Langkawi is an international airport and has good prices to fly in and out. You will need to take the ferry from Langkawi to Kuala Perlis, then a Grab to get to the crag.

You can of course also fly into Kuala Lumpur.

From Thailand:

If you are doing the Southeast Asia climbing trip and are coming from Krabi, you can fly from Krabi to Langkawi for 60-80 USD.

You can take a bus from Krabi to Hat Yai (a large city in the south of Thailand). From Hat Yai you can take a train or bus to Pedang Besar. Once across the border you can train or drive to the crags/accommodation.
+60129466569 (This is Amirul’s number, contact him on WhatsApp)

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