"Yan Besar" is the administrative town of Yan district, complete with administrative facilities such like Police Stations, magistrate court, district and land office. Its lifestyle is laid-back and slow-paced, with weekend attractions of natural waterfalls nearby. It also attract most pensioners to build their dream house for pleasant retirement or nurture some local fruit orchards. The waterfalls derived from the Jerai Mountain are known as Seri Perigi, Tangga Kenari/Titi Hayun, Batu Hampar  and Puteri Mandi.
It is also famous for Mount Jerai, which is the tallest peak in Kedah at 986 metres (3,235 ft) and is easily accessible from the town.Visitors can climb by stairs to the peak of Mount Jerai via Titi Hayun.