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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.