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Kelantan

Introduction  |  History Kota Bharu  |  Place Of Interest  |  Kelantan Delicacy
Culture and Tradition  | 
Getting There & Around   |  Transportation | Sightseeing Tours

 

Introduction

Kelantan is located at the north-east coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the South Chinese Sea and covers a land of area of 14,922 sq km. Its state capital, Kota Bharu, is a bustling town well connected to other major towns in Malaysia serves as the centre for Kelantan’s administrative and business activities.

 

Kelantan is famed for its unique cultural diversity, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and lush tropical jungle. Kelantan is a charming destination steeped in cultural and heritage.

 

The land is home to some of Malaysia’s most splendid cultural legacies such as wayang kulit, dikir barat and top-spinning. Many locals are skilled craftsmen, carrying on a tradition that has been passed down by their forefathers. Among the exquisite crafts that are produced here include ornate silverware, colourful giant kites, textiles, beautiful woodcarvings and brass work. Kelantan is also famed for its cottage industries, and some of the finest batik and songket fabrics in the country are products of the state.

  

Highlights :

* Siti Khatijah Central market; photograph the stalls from top floor

* Gelanggan Seni (Cultural centre): Rebana, Silat, Kertuk, Gasing and Shadow Play

* Wakaf Che Yeh Night Market

* Museum and Istana Jahar wooden palace

* Jungle Railway trundling through the world oldest rainforest

* Chinese and Thai design temples at Tumpat district

 

Off beaten :

* Pengkalan Anak Gajah colourful fishing boat & fishing village

* Makyong dance and Main Puteri perfomence

(Both destination can be arrange through Ping Anchorage)

History

The early of Kelantan’s history is started at 8000-3000 B.C. During the early Chinese era, Kelantan was influenced by the Indianized Funan Kingdom of the Mekong River. In fact, farming methods used in Kelantan are based on Funan practices. Even the wayang kulit (shadow puppet show), a popular form of entertainment, and weaving methods are thought to have come from Funan and some historian said it came from Thailad (Siam).

 

Kelantan used to become vassals for the Sumatran Sriwijaya Empire and the Siamese. In the 15th Century, it came under the Melaka Sultanate. It was further ruled by the sultanates of Johor and Terengganu. By the 1820s, Kelantan was one of the most prosperous states in the Peninsula as there were unlimited development. Kelantan also retained and deal a strong ties with Siam throughout the 19th Century before control was passed on to the British after the signing of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty in 1909.

 

Kelantan also famous with their queen name Cik Siti Wan Kembang where some historian claimed it related with Puteri Saadong where expert said she was a daughter of the queen. Cik Siti Wan Kembang has governed the state with a fairly and justice for many years. After that, Kelantan has been governed by the king such as Long Senik Mulut Merah,Sultan Muhammad, until now governing by The Royal of Sultan Ismail ibni AlmarhumSultan Yahya Petra. By 1948, Kelantan had become part of the Federation of Malaya which gained independence on 31st August 1957.

 

Recent discoveries at two caves known as Gua Musang and Gua Cha in Kelantan show that there were human settlements dating back to prehistoric times. Historical records show that Kelantan was influenced by the Funan Kingdom on the Mekong River. Chinese records indicate contact with Kelantan which was referred to as Ho-Lo-Tan and which appeared to be an influential kingdom in the region.

 

Kelantan was also a vassal of the Srivijaya empire and later the Siamese. In the 15th century, the Malacca sultanate held sway over Kelantan and eventually the Johor sultanate and the Terengganu sultanate took over. In the 18th century the provinces came under a powerful warlord known a Long Yunus, whose descendents make up the present royal family.

 

In 1900 Kelantan became a tributary state of the Siamese. With the signing of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty in 1909, control was passed over to the British.

 

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu, a town in Malaysia, is the state capital and Royal City of Kelantan. It is also the name of the territory (jajahan) in which Kota Bharu City is situated. The name means 'new city' or 'new castle/fort' in Malay. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia, and lies near the mouth of Kelantan River. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

 

This northeastern Malaysian city is close to the Thai border, and is home to many mosques.  Also of interest are various museums and the unique architecture of the old royal palace still occupied by the King and Queen and off-limits to visitors but viewable from outside and former royal buildings which can be visited in the center of town.

 

Kota Bharu was established by Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan in 1844 as Kelantan's capital after the old capital, Kota Lama which was located on the low-lying Sabak Island was destroyed by a flood. On 1 October 2005, Kota Bharu was declared Kota Bharu, The Islamic City. This title is given to the city which observes Islamic principles in every aspect of daily life. The Azan (prayer call), can be heard everywhere, even in shopping malls. All activities in the city must be stopped for a while to respect the Azan.

 

Social activities that do not contradict with the Islamic norm are allowed. Government offices and many stores are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, but the vibrant markets remain open except for Islamic prayer times. The Kelantan state government has implemented some Islamic laws. These include separate check-out counters in supermarkets for males and females and the Islamic rule on proximity between males and females, which is applied only to Muslims.

Place of Interest

GUNUNG STONG 

The most popular eco-adventure destinations in Kelantan. Situated within the Stong State Park (Kuala Krai). Gunung Stong rises at a height of 1433km is a diversity of flora and fauna, including Rafflesia, the world’s larges flower. This place also located the spectacular Jelawang Waterfalls, acclaimed to be the highest in South East Asia.

 

JERAM PASU & JERAM LINANG  

For the lover of nature and waterfall, Jeram Pasu and Jeram Linang is the place to visit for relaxing and enjoy soak in the fresh and cold water. Jeram Pasu is situated between main roads of Kota Bharu-Pasir Putih while Jeram Linang located between Pasir Putih-Machang. Visitor will be please with greeny panorama as its surrounded by the forest. 

 

PANTAI CAHAYA BULAN BEACH (BEACH OF THE MOONLIGHT) 

Formerly known as Beach of Passionate Love, this is one of the most popular spots for some refreshing coconut water and local snacks while enjoying the sea breeze. The route to the beach is dotted with thriving cottage industries. Watch batil and songket textiles being made or get yourself a beautiful pareo or scarf. Wau or the giant kite is another popular item found here. Many comfortable chalets are available at the beach. 

 

PANTAI SERI TUJUH (BEACH OF SEVEN LAGOONS) 

Located in the Tumpat district close to the Thai border, this pristine beach is sheltered by the longest lagoon in Malaysia. Home to the annual International Kita Festival, the beach has a variety of food and drink stalls as well as public amenities.  

 

PANTAI SABAK 

As well as being a rendezvous for fishing boats, Sabak Beach boasts fine golden sands fringed by coconut palms. It is a perfect spot to picnic and relax while observing the return of the fishing boats. Gentle waves lap the shore while the water is warm and clear.

  

PANTAI IRAMA (BEACH OF MELODY) 

Approximately 30km south of the capital in the Bachok district, Pantai Irama offers choice picnic spots and eating stalls. It is reputed to be one of the most beautiful beaches along the East Coast.  

 

PANTAI BISIKAN BAYU (BEACH OF WHISPERING BREEZE) 

About 50km from Kota Bharu in the Pasir Puteh district, both north and south of the village of Semerak, the gentle breezes rustle the casuarina needles producing a hushed sound. Surfing can be good at certain times of the year, and wind surfers will find excellent sports.

 

PASAR BESAR SITI KHATIJAH 

Central market is a buzz with the trading of local produce of all kinds. The best view is from the third floor, where the headscarves of the women stall holders add colour to the laid-out wares. The central market opens daily from 7.00am to 6.00pm. Tourists are invited to come and visit our variety of groceries and other local foods.

 

MPKB OLD MARKET 

The market is opens at 10.00am to 5.00pm everyday apply the wholesale concept for businessman who are interest to be a wholesaler to purchase the goods in the large quantity. The market also famous with scarf, ready made clothes with the variety of design and traditional food.

 

BULUH KUBU COMPLEX 

Known as a centre for Kelantan's batik provide the multidesign and style of batik printing. The 3 storey building was designed as open market with flowing air circulation and located apposite with Tax and Revenue Office in Kota Bharu mid city.  

 

KBMALL 

KB Mall is the biggest shopping complex in town. Located in the middle of Kota Bharu Islamic City full of the shop lots which offer a very competitive prices and interesting package those who are hunger for window shopping.

 

RANTAU PANJANG FREE TRADE ZONE  

Duty free shops at Rantau Panjang is famous with the products from Thailand such as clothes, food, fruits, kitchen apparatus and other house accessories. This location becomes the attractive place for Kelantan tourists to purchase large quantity of product with cheap prices.  

 

PENGKALAN KUBOR FREE TRADE ZONE 

Pengkalan Kubur also gazzetted as Free trade areas which offers various product of Thailand and it's famous with kitchens apparatus such glassware, accessories, clothes and other high quality electric products with lower price compared to Rantau Panjang.

 

KUALA KOH NATIONAL PARK 

Kuala Koh National Park is a section on Taman Negara located in Gua Musang district, Malaysia’s premier national park which straddles across Kelantan and two other neighbouring states. Taman Negara is one of the oldest rainforest in the world, estimated to be 130 million years old. Kuala Koh serves as its northern entry point and is said to have the best potential for wildlife sighting.

 

Pread over 1,043 sq km, this dense undisturb jungle is home to various flora and fauna. It’s a paradise for nature-lovers. Over 200 species of birds are known to exist in the park and experienced bird-watches. At night observation can be made at the observation hides (bumbung) to catch a glimpse of the shy wildlife that visit the salt-lick nearby. A natural marvel here is ‘Ara Circle’ where we can walk under the root of Ara tree. The crystal clear rivers in Kuala Koh are perfect for kayaking or bamboo rafting. Don’t miss a visit to Batek indigenous settlement to watch fire-making and blowpipe demonstration.

 

Visitor intending to go jungle-trekking or palnning any river activities are required to report at the administrative office. The service guide are highly recommended and encouraged.

 

GUNUNG STONG (MOUNT STONG) 

Located in Kampung Jelawang south of Kuala Krai district, Gunung Stong is one of the most popular eco-adventure destinations in Kelantan. Gunong Stong is situated in Stong State Park, along the fringes of Malaysia’s massive Titiwangsa range. Sprawled over 61,734 hectares, the park abounds with exotic wildlife such as elephants, tigers, bears, gibbon, bird and insects. Unique plants such as rafflesia, the world’s largest flower, as well as varieties of palms and orchids are stunning attraction here. Standing majestically at 1,433m. Gunung Stong is a favourite spot for trekking and mountain climbing. A two hour climb will take visitors to another one of Kelantan’s star attractions, the spectacular Jelawang waterfall.

 

GUA IKAN 

The most commontly explored caves in Dabong are Gua Ikan, Gua Keris, Gua Batu Susun (Gua Lubang Gelap) and Gua Pagar. Gua Ikan or Fush Cave is named after a solitary fish-shaped rock. It is purported to hold treasure hidden during the Japanese accupation. Gua Keris, Gua Batu Susun (Gua Lubang Gelap) and Gua Pagar has smaller passageways and more intricate routes, and present greater challenges. 

 

GELANGGANG SENI (CULTURAL CENTRE) 

Located on Jalan Mahmud close to the Perdana Hotel, the cultural centre is a veritable showcase of the living heritage of Kelantan. Demonstrations of popular folk arts and pastimes are held daily. Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) shows, Silat (the Malay art of self defence) performances, Gasing (Top spinning) displays, Wau (Kite flying) and Rebana (Giant Drum) playing can all be seen at the centre. Evenings see cultural performances featuring traditional Malay music and Wayang Kulit. The cultural centre is open three times a week from March to October each year. Performance times are 3.30pm to 5.50pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and 9.00pm to midnight on Wednesday and Saturday.

 

HISTORICAL ZONE 

The main cultural and historical zone of Kota Bharu is situated along Jalan Hilir Kota and Jalan Sultan where many museums and heritage buildings are located. Some museums charge a nominal fee for admission.

 

ROYAL MUSEUN (ISTANA BATU) 

The Istana Batu (Brick/Stone Palace) was constructed in 1939 during the reign of Sultan Ismail. It houses the Royal Museum and was previously used as the venue for royal weddings and as a guest house for visiting royalty.

 

The Royal Museum now serves as a repository for the history of the Kelantan royal family and displays regalia, pictures, silverware, furniture and palace items of former Sultans. Opening times 8.30am to 4.45pm daily - except Fridays.

 

WORLD WAR TWO MEMORIAL (BANK KERAPU)

Originally constructed in 1911, Bank Kerapu is now a repository for documents, pictures and military paraphernalia of the Japanese Occupation from 1941 to 1945. During the war, the building served as the headquarters of the Japanese Kempetai, the feared secret police.  

 

HANDICRAFT VILLAGE & CRAFT MUSEUM  

While the Craft Museum houses many fine examples of Kelantanese craftsmanship, the adjacent Handicraft Village provides visitors the chance to see just how these crafts are made. Demonstrations of traditional embroidery, songket weaving, batik printing, silver work and wood carving are carried out by skilled artisans. Their products are also in sale at the centre.  

 

STATE MOSQUE  

Construction of this mosque was completed during the reign of Sultan Ismail IV after almost a decade of work. Also known as the Al-Muhammadi Mosque or the 'Brick Mosque', it is the centre for Islamic missionary activities in the state.

 

ISTANA BALAI BESAR  

Built by Sultan Muhammad II in 1840, the Istana Balai Besar was formerly the residence of past Sultans. However, it is now used solely as a venue for official state functions. The palace boasts a large audience hall, a throne room and a fine collection of royal regalia.  

 

ISTANA JAHAR  

Built in 1887 by Sultan Mohamad II for his grandson, Long Kundur, the Istana Jahar has been transformed into a museum featuring Kelantan's cultural heritage. Photographs and a great variety of artefacts bear testimony to the rich Kelantanese cultural legacy. The building itself is laced with intricate wood carvings, serving as an example of the fine craftsmanship of local artisans.

 

ISLAMIC MUSEUM 

The Islamic Museum traces the history of Islam in Kelantan. Exhibits include Islamic Arts and Crafts and photographs of some of the personal belongings of Prophet Muhammad and Islamic historical sites. The museum reflects not only the importance of Islam in Kelantan but also the position of the state as a centre of Islamic learning.

 

STATE MUSEUM  

The State Museum located along Jalan Hospital incorporates the State Art Gallery. The building itself was utilised as the land office from colonial times until 1990 when major renovations were carried out to convert it into a museum. The museum documents the arts, crafts and musical traditions of Kelantan. Ceramic displays testify to the early trade with China and artifacts from local archaeological sites provide evidence of the existence of the pre-historic age in Kelantan.

 

OTHER PLACES :

 

Other interesting sites in Kota Bharu include Merdeka (Independence) Square, State Government offices and raft houses along the river banks. The Sutan Ismail Petra Arch is a beautiful landmark in Kota Bharu. Nearby, Padang Merdeka or Merdeka Square is a historical landmark. Situated within is a World War I memorial that pays tribute to fallen war heroes. It is also the site where the body of Tok Janggut, one of the country's most famous nationalists, was hung. Originally named Padang Bank, it was renamed Padang Merdeka (Independence Square) after the country's independence in 1957.

Delicacy

NASI KERABU 

It comes in three colors which are black, yellow and white. It is eaten with raw vegetables as well as special 'sambal ikan'. It is taken as breakfast and also for dinner.

 

NASI DAGANG 

If you are in Kelantan, don't forget to try and enjoy eating Nasi Dagang. It is based on red glutinous rice and it is served with fish curry and raw pickles.  

 

NASI BERLAUK 

This is the most Kelantanese favorite food. Simple and tasty. It is served with white rice and fish curry it is traditionally cooked.

 

AYAM PERCIK  

Grilled chicken with coconut milk sauce is traditionally cooked using original ingredients as heritage. It is served as a special dish for the family members or special guests.

 

NASI TUMPANG 

This special dish is a combination of various rice and curry which is arranged layer in a triangular banana leaf wrapper.

 

LAKSAM 

This type of food is based on rice powder and is served with white coconut milk curry. This tradititional recipe is from fish and coconut milk. When serving, it is added with leaves eaten raw or ulam.

 

SOLAK LADA 

The unique of this type of food is where the filling is placed inside the chilly. The filling is made from flesh coconut, fish fillet and coconut milk. This tasty food is suitable to take with nasi kerabu which is also Kelantan traditional food.

 

SAMBAL DAGING (MEAT FLOSS) 

The meat is cut into small pieces and cooked using special spice until it is truly dried. It is delicious to take by itself or served with rice.

 

BUDU  

This food is based on fish and it is made into sauce. It is taken with grilled fish or meat.

 

LOMPAT TIKAM 

It can be prepared for daily dish or served during special occasion. This tasty food is not only attracted the locals but as well as the outsiders.

 

TEPUNG PELITA 

This food is based on flour, coconut milk and sugar. It has two layers. The first layer is coconut milk and for the second layer is flour and sugar. It is put into banana leaf which has been made as its cup. 

 

KETUPAT SOTONG 

This tasty food is made by putting glutinous rice into the cuttlefish and it is cooked with brown sugar or known as 'gula melaka' as its sauce. It is eaten as well as other traditional 'kuih'.

 

AKOK 

It is known as 'Akok Kelantan' because of its sweet aroma. The ingredients are eggs and gula melaka.

 

PUTERI MANDI 

This sweet kuih is made from rice powder and taken with sweet flesh coconut.

 

BUAH TANJUNG 

It is sweet as well as its name. This food also known as a Royal Kelantan food.

 

PULUT PANGGANG  

The shape is oblong and it is wrapped in banana leaf. The cooked glutinous rice is salt less but the filling which is coconut flesh and fish fillet make this 'kuih' the most favorite one.

 

PULUT MANIS 

This sweet dish is served as dessert. The ingredient is glutinous rice which is cooked with brown sugar.

 

PULUT BAKAR 

The shape is round and it is wrapped in banana leaf. The taste is delicious and it has sweet aroma.

 

DODOL

It has varieties of colour and taste. It also has different name from one another based on the ingredients used. It is easy to get this food in Kelantan.

 

JALA MAS

This is a very popular cake or kuih in Kelantan. It is based on eggs and sugar and it is known as a Royal Cake. It can only be found in this state.

 

LEMPOK 

The ingredients are durian flesh and sugar. It takes a few hours to make sure the food is well cooked.

 

BUAH TANJUNG 

It is sweet as well as its name. This food also known as a Royal Kelantan food

Cultural & Tradition

Located on Jalan Mahmud close to the Perdana Hotel, the cultural centre is a veritable showcase of the living heritage of Kelantan. Demonstrations of popular folk arts and pastimes are held daily.

 

Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) shows, Silat (the Malay art of self-defence) performances, Gasing (top spinning) displays, Wau (kite flying) and Rebana (Giant Drum) playing can all be seen at the centre.

 

In the evenings, visitors can see cultural performances featuring traditional Malay music and Wayang Kulit. The cultural centre is open three times a week from March to October.

 

Customs & Traditions 

This is a good place to begin your tour of Kota Bharu. Set within a beautiful courtyard, the complex houses a Craft  Museum, souvenir shops, tourism offices and a restaurant. Browse through the unique handicrafts and souvenirs or watch the cultural performances held occasionally. Visitors can drop by at the state’s attractions.

 

Folk arts and traditional performances are the signature attractions of Kelantan. At the cultural Centre, visitors will get a chance to enjoy some of the age-old cultural performances that are rarely seen anywhere else.

 

TOP SPINNING 

Gasing with approximately 11.5cm diameter with an average weight of 5.5kg. Even it hurl to the ground it will twirl and a handle made by woods is used to hold it to be on a metal plate.

 

REBANA DRUM 

A traditional Malay Music instrument made from wood and buffalow or cows skin. Its play is various customs ceremonies as well as in certain competition and sport.

 

DIKIR BARAT  

One of the famous traditional entertainment in Kelantan. Its performed in a group, consist of  Tukang Karut, Juara and awak-awak.

 

KITE FLYING  

Wau Bulan is a well-known icon in Malaysia originated from Kelantan. The Wau Bulan is the most attractive and being proud by the local because of its unique and artistry design. 

 

BATIK PAINTING

A traditional fabric for Kelantanese. Batik factory can be found in Kampung Kota, Kampung Badang and Kampung Putih.

 

SONGKET 

Songket is Traditional Malay fabric known as “gold cloth” because it is wears by the royal family in certain occasion and wedding ceremony long time ago. Now all malay still wear its in certain occasion and wedding ceremony not just limited to royal family only. Now visitor can see songket making at Kampung Penambang, Kota Bharu.

 

WOOD’S CARVE  

This traditional pcraft is made from woods with high quality like cengal, jati and merbau. Which usually used for making boat, furniture or Malay traditional house. This craft produced actively in Kelantan especially at town near the coat area like Tumpat.

 

SILVER AND PEWTER 

This special design of silver & pewter are well known in Kelantan. Silverware like bowk, tea set, brooch and bracelet are produced at Kampung Sireh, along Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kampung Badang & Kampung Morak.

 

BAMBOO HANDICRAFT  

This handicraft also famous in Kelantan. Bamboo use to produce material such as mats and basket.

 

ART OF SELF DEFENSE  

Silat is referring to diversity of martial arts with gentle and soft movement. Its usually be performed at wedding ceremony and accompanied with traditional musical instruments such as serunai, gong and gendang

 

PUPPET SHADOW PLAY  

This unique theatre shows which use shadow and light bace called “Wayang Kulit”. Its carved using buffalo skin attach to bamboo. The shadow will display on fabric screen when its put behind the white fabric and lamp for the source of lights. The story of wayang kulit are based on the classic tale and contain moral value. Its included the stories from India classic poem “the Mahabhrata” and “Ramayana”.

Getting There & Around

By Air 

Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly operate daily direct flights from the Kuala Lumpur to the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa. It is situated about 20 minutes outside the city. Malaysia Airlines operates from (KLIA), AirAsia from Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) and Firefly from Subang airport.

 

By Road

There is an excellent network of roads linking major towns in Peninsular Malaysia to Kelantan. From Kuala Lumpur, the overland route takes one eastward along the Karak Highway to Kuantan in Pahang, a journey of about 3 hours.

 

The rest of the journey from Kuantan to Kota Bharu takes about 5 hours. The route heads northward along the coast passing through picturesque villages providing scenic vistas of palm-fringed beaches overlooking the azure waters of the South China Sea.

 

The inland route to Kota Bharu turns off the Karak Highway at Bentong and proceeds northwards to Raub and then to Gua Musang, and Machang before reaching Kota Bharu. An alternative route exits the Karak Highway at Temerloh and passes through Jerantut, Benta and Gua Musang en-route to Kota Bharu.

 

From Penang, one has to get to Grik via Sungai Petani in Kedah and then travel along the scenic East-West Highway to Jeli in Kelantan before continuing the journey to Kota Bharu.

 

There are regular air-conditioned express bus services operating from Kuala Lumpur and major towns to Kota Bharu. 

 

By Train

Train services from Kuala Lumpur to Kelantan terminate at Wakaf Bharu and Tumpat. From these two points, one can get to Kota Bharu either by taxi or bus. Stop over points en-route include Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah and Pasir Mas.

 

Once you are in Kota Bharu, it is relatively easy to get to nearby districts as regular bus and taxi services are available from the main bus terminal.

 

Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) provides daily rail services to Kelantan. From Kuala Lumpur can board the Express Wau train at KL Sentral Station. Train provides access to Gua Musang, Dabong, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Pasir Mas, Wakaf Bharu and end in Tumpat. This train departs Kuala Lumpur at 8:30pm daily. The estimated time of arrival in Tumpat is at 10:00am the following day.

 

From Johor, as well as Singapore can board the Express Timuran. This train departs Singapore at 6.15pm and arrives in Tumpat at 9.05 the following day.

 

Via Border Town :

From Thailand visitors can drive into Kelantan via the three border towns. The main entry is Golok Bridge or Jambatan Muhibbah which is connects Sungai Golok in Thailand to Rantau Panjang. From Tak Bai Thailand to Pengkalan Kubor there is Ferry and boat services available to cross the border. This Ferry is for both passengers and vehicles. A short boat ride connects visitors from Bukit Tar in Thailand to Bukit Bunga Kelantan.

Transportation

Getting around Kelantan is fairly easy as there are buses, taxis, trishaws and airport taxis.

 

Local Bus 

The local bus station is situated near to Kampung Kraftangan or the Handicraft Village. The buses here provide access to various places within Kota Bharu. To go outside of Kota Bharu town, visitors can take the buses that operate from Jalan Bandar bus station.

 

Oustation Bus 

Oustation buses are available at the Jalan Kampung Sireh, Bawah Lembah near Kota Bharu Tesco as well as the SKMK Langgar bus terminal. Buses here connect Kota Bharu to Kuala Lumpur as well as other town in Malaysia.

 

Taxi 

Taxi can be hailed from any part of the town, but determine the fare first.

 

Local Train 

The local train an interesting mode of transport. This train operate within the state, and connect Tumpat (situated in the state’s north) to Gua Musang in the south. The service begins at 3.05am from Tumpat.

 

Trishaw 

The explore Kota Bharu in an unconventional way, visitors can try taking the trishaw. Trishaws are usually concentrated at the Pasar Siti Khadijah area and its vicinity. Visitors are advised to agree on the price in advance.

 

Bot Penambang (Traditional river taxi)

Bot Penambang - Water Taxi - is widely used by communities living along Kelantan River. The operations have been in business for umpteen years. It is an important means of transportation for those living at ‘Kampung Laut’ to get Kota Bharu town. Made from hard wood and by famous local boat builders, the design has not changed over the years. Though people can afford to buy their own means of transportation nowadays. Leave their cars near the jetty, pay small fare you can make a trip across. Tourists make a trip to Kampung Laut, a sleepy fishing village just to observe the slow-paced way of life. Watch the process of making sliced keropok, dried fishes , all within walking distance. The others small islands in Tumpat area also using Bot Penambang to get Tumpat town or Kota Bharu town.

 

Airport Taxi

Initiatives have been taken by the State Government to sponsor Malaysia’s Proton Waja National Car to project a better service and positive image of the Kota Bharu Airport services. This re-branding exercise is a part of state’s tourism efforts to ensure comforts and convenience for the visitors into the state.

 

 

 

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