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Arau is the royal capital of Perlis in northern Peninsular Malaysia.


Despite being the royal capital, Arau is overshadowed by the Perlis' actual capital, Kangar, which lies 14 km to the west of Arau. The town's main significance to travellers is its railway station, which gives access to the port at Kuala Perlis, from where there are boats to Langkawi and Thailand.

Get in[edit]

Arau Royal Station

Arau's railway station is on the main Kuala LumpurBangkok line. It has services to both.

Get around[edit]

Arau Bus Hub


The Istana (palace) was built in the colonial era and is in the Moorish-British hybrid style that is typical of the British Empire's take on Islamic architecture. There is also a large mosque near the palace.

Further afield[edit]

  • 1 Bukit Keteri (N 10 km). Limestone hill on the road to Padang Besar.







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