Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kaki Bukit 加基武吉, Old Mining Town of Perlis

Kaki Bukit 加基武, Old Mining Town of Perlis

Last week, I joined local travel magazine Majalah Santai to visit Perlis, the northernmost state in Peninsula Malaysia. Sponsored by Tourism Malaysia Perlis, I stayed in Perlis for 3 days 2 nights.

On the second day and on the way to Perlis State Park (Taman Negeri Perlis) we passed by a quiet town by the name of Kaki Bukit 加基武. As we were told by our tour guide, Mr. Ron this town used to be a mining town. You can tell with a few rows of shops and houses populated by Chinese. I noticed the design and the architecture of the shops and houses are totally different than the other towns in Perlis.
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Back in the old days, most these Chinese were tin miners. Tin mining used to be the main income for Malaysia until most of them ceased operations in the recent decades. Most of the tin miners remained in Kaki Bukit until today.
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Kaki Bukit is located 16 miles north of the state capital, Kangar and a few miles away from Padang Besar, the border of Thailand and Malaysia.
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It is only a few minutes of driving from Kaki Bukit 加基武to Perlis State Park (Taman Negeri Perlis).

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