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  • Hotel Rebana - Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    by sleepless_traveller Written Oct 30, 2009
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    I want to recommend any traveller around the world who come to kelantan, malaysia,

    New budget hotel in kota bharu city = Hotel Rebana

    Rates RM80/RM95

    24hrs check in

    got free wifi internet + astro tv

    Hotel Rebana
    Lot 1561, Padang Bongor,
    Jalan Pengkalan Chepa
    15400 Kota Bharu, Kelantan . Malaysia.

    Telephone : + 609-7476040 / + 609-7477040
    Fax : + 609-7471040
    web : www.hotelrebana.com

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    World War II Memorial Museum

    by chiabh Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    Previously, the Japanese Army headquarters during World War II, this museum was set up to remind visitors of the Japanese Occupation of Malaya from 1941-45... It documents the Japanese landings on Pantai Sabak beach at Kuala Pak Amat on December 8, 1941, right up to the liberation of South-east Asia...

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    The Royal Museum ~Istana Batu

    by chiabh Written Apr 15, 2009

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    The Royal Museum or Istana Batu was built in 1939... Back then, the palace was used for royal weddings or to accommodate royal guest... Built during the reign of Sultan Ismail I, the building was later converted into a Royal Museum and is now used as a stroehouse for the regalia and personal items of the previous royal household... There are furniture from the royal household, silverware and photographs depictng the life of the late sultan...

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    Istana Jahar

    by chiabh Written Apr 15, 2009

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    The Istana Jabar was built by Sultan Muhammad II for his grandson, Long Kundur, in 1887...The intricate woodcravings ad charming architecture reflect an exceptional level of craftsmanship of Kelantanese builders... The wooden palace is now a museum showcasing the regal customs of Kelantan royalty... Exhibits include photgraphs and ceremonial artifacts...

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    Siti Khadijah Wet Market

    by chiabh Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    vegetable stall on the ground floor...

    Named after the wife of Prophet Muhammad, the Siti Khadijah Wet Market or Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah is arguably the most photographed market in Malaysia... Formerly known as the Pasar Buluh Kubu, the majority of traders are women ans they are fiercely entreprenurial... These women, with their age-old knowledge of beauty remedies derived from natural herbs found easily in this market, add to the exotic allure of the market...

    At the Siti Khadijah market, often considered a paradise for everything Kelantanese, one can buy fresh produce, kain batik, scarves, prayer mats, local delicacies and many more... Stalls selling vegetables, garden produce, fruits and seafood occupy the ground floor and the building's outdoor compound... The first floor has a food court serving local dishes and kuih, dried food items such as fish crackers, salted fish, meat floss and a selection of local crafts...

    The market is opened daily from 8.00am to 6.00pm... Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days...

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    Pantai Cahaya Bulan - PCB Beach

    by danachow Written Aug 27, 2007
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    The coast of Kelantan erodes so badly that big rocks have been placed around the coastal area. Further away from the beach, there is a massive tree planting project going on too (only later I discover it feels half bake, since most of the trees died).

    Thus there is really nothing much beautiful beaches here per se. The sea look dirty but not littered. Not many people come here for bathing, not sure why. This place is mostly quiet at all time.

    Some tourist bring the kids here and buy kites around. They look pretty colorful to me.

    There are some food stalls around, so I guess a coconut drink here is not a bad idea.

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    Cycling around Pulau Kundur to Kuala Besar

    by danachow Written Aug 27, 2007

    There is this pathway recommended by Harry from Pasir Belanda (www.kampungstay.com), where by we could cycle (in reality we drove, lazy). We pass by fish craker making factory, then pass endless coconut trees, arriving the ex WWII bunker, then drove pass scenic lagoons and then back to the main road.

    Perhaps there would be other route as well that is just as scenic, so I guess it is up to you to discover themselves.

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    More Things To Be Done (Mission Not Accomplished)

    by muddybok Updated Sep 18, 2006

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    Wayang Kulit
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    Kelantan is rich in Malay cultural heritage, and I will have to come back for wayang kulit (shadow puppetry), gasing (top spinning), and wau (kite flying) as my visit is hardly 3hours although this is my second visit to the Kota Bharu.

    I’ll be back!!

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    Batik Factory

    by TexasDave Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    You can visit a batik factory and see every step of the process. Generally there is a showroon next door so you can buy the finished product. We went to Razali Batik Factory, and Verdin Batik, on the outskirts of town.

    Warning: Clothing sizes in Malaysia in general are smaller than Americans are used to. For men as an example, I always buy Large shirts. But in Malaysia most of the XL shirts were too small, the couple of shirts I bought were XXL, and there wasn't as much of a selection, either.

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    Istana Jahar-Royal Ceremonies Museum

    by TexasDave Written Aug 17, 2006

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    This wooden building dates from 1887 and has several displays on marriage and birth rituals. Ther is a set of wrought-iron spiral steps leading up to the second floor. I don't know if it was just coincidence, but I saw a lot of spiral staircases all over Malaysia, more than I've seen in any other one area.
    Outside there is a replica of a traditional Malay house which houses a collection of weapons: swords, knives, daggers, etc.

    At the edge of the Museum grounds there are two other noteworthy sights. One is a tiny white stone building which was the Sultan's treasury building up til WW II. And another, a building with some royal connections and used for formal events, is behind an impressive wall past which only authorized people are allowed.

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    Songket Weaving

    by TexasDave Written Aug 16, 2006

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    There are several places where you can see songket, the cloth used for special occasions that usually has metallic threads in the pattern, being woven on a hand loom. Seeing the weaving done is probably the reason why you want to go, not necessarily to buy the cloth.

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    Enjoy the view of Sungai Kelantan

    by mansionion Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    Sunagi Kelantan at dusk

    Kota Baharu is located on the east levee of the Sungai Kelantan (Kelantan River), near the Thai border and about 8 miles (13 km) inland from the South China Sea. Being close to Sungai Kelantan, one can enjoy nice view of the river especially at dusk.

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    Istana

    by mansionion Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    Istana

    As the Royal Town of Kelantan, there are few istanas (royal palaces) in Kota Baharu.

    As residence (and former residence) and ceremonial venue for the royal family, the palaces have unique architecture. Some of the palaces are still occupied by the Sultan and Sultanah and off-limits to visitors but viewable from outside - take a peek at the palaces for a glimpse of royalty's life - and some are former royal buildings which have been converted into public buildings and can be visited during their opening hours.

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    Sultan Ismail Petra Arch

    by mansionion Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    Sultan Ismail Petra Arc (Kota Budaya Gate)

    Also known as Kota Budaya (Cultural City) Gate, the Sultan Ismail Petra Arch was erected as a tribute to the Sultan of Kelantan as well as the state's culture and art heritage. Being the so call Malay traditional heartland, Kota Baharu aims to be a cultural city and hence this Kota Budaya gate was erected for that purpose.

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    Sample the local culture

    by mansionion Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    Rebana Ubi (giant gong) performance

    As the cradle of the Malay culture, visit to Kota Baharu is incomplete without sampling some of its local culture and cultural performances.

    From traditional sports such as wau (giant kite-flying), gasing (top-spinning), silat (martial art), rebana ubi (giant gong), bird-singing competitions and the making of exquisite handicrafts such as batik, songket, silverware and mengkuang products, all can be found here in Kota Baharu and its vicinity, offering a glimpse of traditional Malay culture in truly spectacular setting. Though some form of the cultural performances (such as wayang kulit (shadow play) and mak yong) are banned by the state goverment due to contradicting with Islamic teaching, those available for public performances are still enjoyable enough to be watched.

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