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Scenery Ride Perlis
Further south of Perlis are rustic scenes that put on show the state’s strong and vibrant civilization in this day and age. We began nature tripping after having a local hearty lunch. Feeling more recharged than ever, we hopped on our saddles and headed to the small fishing town of Kuala Perlis.
We kicked off this journey at 1. Masjid Al-Hussain built near Jetty Kuala Perlis. This place of worship has an architecture that rests upon the aquatic beauty surrounding it. This floating mosque surrenders to the fresh seaside smell and the great expanse of the Straits of Melaka.
It took four years to complete at a cost of about RM12.4 million, and paying attention to the details of the architecture, one would notice how it was structured to match the environment where it is. Stained glass windows are open to greet the sea air and the walls of the mosque are not painted but finished with different types of coral rocks, quartz, granite, marble, and pebbles. Even the dome is golden yellow in color with a blue motif that are the official colors of the state.
But what is really unique to this mosque is that, at each time for prayer, a shaft of light with either red, blue, white, or green color will be lit for the fishermen in the sea to know what time and which prayer should be said already. Also, the tower can be seen within a 10km distance.
Even non-Muslims can also visit the mosque because one of its functions is to serve as a tourist attraction.
Kuala Perlis Ferry Terminal
From learning a speck about the mosque’s architecture beyond its beauty, we passed by 2. Kuala Perlis Ferry Terminal which have ferries that carry passengers to and from Langkawi, on our way to Kampung Sungai Berembang, our next destination.
We cycled along a flat 3. Seaside road, with 4. Paddy fields on the left and roadside stores frequenting our view. Fishing is the town’s major activity, so it was no surprise to spot a small stall selling 5. Siput Mentarang which is a kind of clam caught in the mud flats.
Cycling 3km further, we arrived at our destination also called Kampung Belacan (shrimp paste village). As its byname suggests, this place is crammed with shrimp paste home factories. We visited Belacan Madu Enterprise and met the owner, Pak Lang, who shared with us the process of making belacan, together with his personnel. 6. Belacan (Shrimp Paste) is a common and one of the many favorite ingredients used in cooking in Malaysia especially for curry and chili sauces.
The udang kepai/udang garagau are small shrimps that are usually found along the coastal waters of Melaka. These are then dried under the sun, before soaking in salted water for 1-2 days. Afterwards, the shrimps will be drained. Dry them under the sun for two hours, collect, and put into the blending machine. Now you have your belacan!
Usually after blending, the belacan will be cut to little circle shaped 120g chunks, but as we have requested—or should we say challenged—them to make 1kg of belacan for us, they did so without any hesitation. In the end, we even got to take home at least a kilo of belacan each!
Before we made a turn back to Kuala Perlis, we passed by the Perlis Power Plant which supplies electricity to Thailand and Langkawi and the Water Treatment Plant which supplies water to Langkawi.
Street side stalls
Maybe we just can’t get enough of the countryside scenery, or maybe Perlis has more wonders than what we thought it should have for its size, because after a whole day of nature-tripping, we still found ourselves dragging the ride back by enjoying the view of people buying dinner from the 7) Street side stalls until sunset.
This tour spanned a distance of 15.9km of new experiences which we were glad to pick up along the shore. Just like how small the size of the state is, this ride is short yet should not be missed, especially if you want to break free from city living and just listen to the waves while breathing in the smell of fresh sea air.
Cycling Route - Scenery Ride Perlis
This cycling tour package is provided by: Tampak Yakin Holidays (M) Sdn Bhd
No.41, Persiaran PutraTimur 1, Kompleks Jeti Baru, 02000 Kuala Perlis, Perlis. Tel: +60 (4) 985-2497