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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

Arau Royal Station
  • 1 Arau Railway Station. Arau's railway station is on the main Kuala LumpurBangkok line. It has services to both. Arau railway station (Q4784454) on Wikidata Arau railway station on Wikipedia

Get around

Map of Arau
Arau Bus Hub
  • 2 Arau Bus Hub, No. 9, Jalan Arau Kodiang.



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.

  • 1 Perlis State Mosque (Arau State Mosque), Jalan Besar Arau. Perlis State Mosque (Q7385137) on Wikidata Perlis State Mosque on Wikipedia
  • 2 Royal Mausoleum.

Further afield

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






  • 1 Kangar Municipal Council Food Court, Jalan KTM.







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