Kota Bharu is the capital city of
the State Kelantan. It's an Islamitic state. Don't be frightened now, because
those beautiful people are very warm and gentle. You can compare this people
with the Indonesian people: nice and friendly. Indonesia is just like
Kelantan an Islam State.
Alcohol is officially out of order in this State. So, if you want to be an
alcoholic drink in your hotel, then you can forget it. It's simply not sold
in public buildings. But, however, you will find Chinese, which are living in
Kota Bharu, who will sell you beers silently. In your hotel you just can
arrive late in the evening in Kota Bharu.
It's good to have a reservation for a nice, clean hotel.
Have a look at the best hotel reservations in Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu is a real typical
Malaysian city. It's still so pure.
Kota Bharu means "new city", and this serene and peaceful town
offers both rich tradition and some magnificent natural wonders. Life here
proceeds at a leisurely pace, and the time-honored tranquillity of this
unique locale is well worth discovering.
Some people think, that Kota Bharu is worth only a stay of one night! Don't
do that. I think it's the nicest city, that you'll find at the East Coast.
There is so much to do and to see in and out of the city.
Don't stay only in the city, but make trips into the surroundings. You'll
find wonderful temples, large Buddha's, which is peculiar because there are
more than 30 Buddhist temples throughout Kelantan. Mostly near the Thai
border. This is a surprising number considering Muslims make up 95 per cent
of the population. Explore the beautiful caves. Make a boat trip up the
river, which departs in Kuala Krai.
In Kota Bharu you must see the beautiful market. This famous four-storey
landmark contains both wet and dry markets. Look for local fresh fruits,
such as rambutans, durians and mangoes. Fresh fish, meats and vegetables are
also available. The upper floors sell dried fish, spices and batik.
This lively market sells fresh
vegetables, fruits, fish and meat, and always has a bustling, vibrant
atmosphere. Something special to look for are Kelantan's famous lekor
(dried crackers)--which are plentiful on the upper floor. You may also
notice many of the vendors are women, this fact has contributed to the
rather false rumour that Kelantenese men are lazy in nature.
Kota Bharu has also very beautiful beaches. The most famous one is the beach
of "Beach of Passionate Love". Strong currents make swimming
hazardous here, but people happily stroll along the beach enjoying the cool
breeze or taking refreshments from the many seafood stalls.
Another one is Pantai Dasar Sabak. During World War II, the first Japanese
landed on this beach.
Some trip/activity's in and near
Kubu Central Market.
Beach Fishing Village.
Village and Craft Museum.
- Pantai Cahaya
- Pantai Irama
- Pantai Bisikan
- Pantai Seri
(the landing of the Japanese in 1941)
- Jeram Pasu
- Jeram Lenang
(you'll reach this after a train trip of 2
½ hours and the waterfall is 120 meter high)
(Leaves in Kuala Krai and you can go back in different ways)
(after the boat trip you go jungle trekking for 1
Beringin Waterfalls (you'll reach these waterfalls
after a train trip of 2
- Kuala Koh
(many different activities: rafting, bird watching, fishing,
Go to the Tourist Information for jungle