Perlis State Park (PSP) is located at the north-western part of Perlis, covering an area of 5,000-hectares. It comprises two forest reserves: Mata Ayer Forest Reserve and Wang Mu Forest Reserve. Apart from being located next to Kampung Wang Kelian (probably the northernmost village in Malaysia), it constitutes the Malaysian part of the 36-kilometre-long Nakawan Range. Thailand manages the range on its territory as Thale Ban National Park.
Perlis State Park boasts stunning limestone caves, especially Gua Wang Burma and Gua Kelam, which is said to be the longest cave in Peninsula Malaysia (3.6-kilometres). The limestone caves there are at least 500 million years old! Its highest peak is Gunung Perlis, which is 733-metres above sea level and the northernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia.
A THF Conservation Grant enabled the Perlis Forestry Department to construct a 10-kilometre sustainable trail to Gunung Perlis, following MyChangkul’s consultation. The construction of the trail was completed in early 2019 and was officially launched on 16 August 2019.
In early January 2020, some of the THF team conducted a recce with Raleigh Kuala Lumpur to explore opportunities for collaboration and to further support the park managers in encouraging more visitors to the park. All parties are very positive about establishing a volunteer programme later this year where participants can connect with nature while engaging in community service through trail maintenance and adding visitor amenities along the trail.
Although it was a long journey, with an eight-hour return trip, we had lots of fun hiking to the northernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia. If you are interested in visiting the park, or participating in volunteer activities there, we would love to hear from you. Do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org