Kota Baharu Travel Guide

  • Night Market at town centre
    Night Market at town centre
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  • Kota Baharu
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Kota Baharu Things to Do

  • Hotel Rebana - Kota Bharu, Kelantan

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  • World War II Memorial Museum

    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

    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...

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  • Istana Jahar

    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...

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  • Siti Khadijah Wet Market

    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...

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  • War Museum

    A small war museum details the Japanese landings at Kota Bharu in December 1941 and the subsequent occupation of Malaysia. Entry fee was 2 RM (€0.40)

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  • Pantai Cahaya Bulan - PCB Beach

    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...

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  • Cycling around Pulau Kundur to Kuala...

    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...

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  • More Things To Be Done (Mission Not...

    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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Kota Baharu Restaurants

  • Restaurants are close on FRIDAY!!!...

    If you are like us, hanging around KB on a Friday afternoon, you will find yourself hungry after founding for food around the whole town. THIS IS TRUE! 90% of the shops in KB is closed on Friday, perhaps for prayer or so. Even the Chinese restaurant close too. The only way to get something decent to eat, for us at least, was this Kebun Sultan...

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  • Thumbs up for Best Ayam Percik in town

    Try come later around 9pm instead, because at dinner and normal weekday lunch time this place is packed! Nonetheless the staffs always seemed patience enough. So it is good. No one leaves Kota Bharu without trying the best ayam percik in town. It is a specially marinated chicken being roast on charcoal flame. When done, a coconut milk based creamy...

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  • Keropok Losong is Kota Bharu Thing

    You will get to see this shop all over the place. Mostly consist of cottage industry. It is recommended to buy a few thing or two to help support the local cottage industry. Terengganu might have the Lekor, but Kelantan has the keropok Losong that has much more fish meat in within. Product includes most famous boiled fish cake made with ground...

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  • Excellent Sumatera Dishes with Excellent...

    One of my biggest found in our trip to Kota Bharu is this Restaurant 69. We came a day earlier on Friday only to discover it is closed. Came the next day, only to be welcomed warmly by this Chinese middle aged owner (shame on us for never even find out his name). Although Nasi Padang (or Nasi Sumatera) is an Indonesian cuisine, it is actually very...

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  • Noodle House

    I didn't mean to say this is the only one place worth paying attention to since I rarely write about food.I find this joint is quite against all odd as compare to most eat out places in Kelantan. The restaurant is tastefully decorated, foods of wide variety and reasonably priced.This place is frequented mostly by youngsters (me too) and lots of...

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  • Laksa Kelantan

    Kelantan also has its version of the popular Malaysian dish of laksa. Apart from the obvious name of Laksa Kelantan, it is also called "Laksam" by the local, probably because of its sour taste. ("masam" is sour in Malay, hence the accronym laksam)

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Kota Baharu Nightlife

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    by danachow Written Aug 27, 2007

    There is no night club here, no disco as well, mamak (common local open tea kiosk) is mostly unknown here too. Women are rarely seen wandering around after 10pm, so their version of tea place -- Warung, is mostly frequent by men.

    But fortunately Pantai Cahaya Bulan beach front is still the one place that still offer a decent hang around at late night. The last time we came, they still serve stirr fried stuffs e.g. fried rice, maggie noodle soup in the mid of 2am in the morning!

    Dress Code: Casual clothes that you would wear to go to sleep...

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Kota Baharu Transportation

  • Getting Sournd Kota Baharu

    As at 11 April 2010: Ride from Rantau Panjang where the Malaysia immigration is to Wakaf Bharu train station can be RM30. Some taxis waiting just outside the immigration wanted RM40 and they refused to budge. I approached a private taxi operator who was using private car and he readily agreed for RM30. Taxi ride from Wakaf Bharu train station to...

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  • The Pantai Timur Expressway (East Coast...

    This is a very new route to get to Kota Bharu. Previous route people used includes:North-South Expressway (PLUS) via KL-Kuala Kangsar-Grik-Jeli-Machang-Kota BaharuGua Musang route via KL-Karak-Kuala Lipis-Gua Musang-Terengganu-Kota Baharu (Very haunted it seems)To use this new route, first get on to the Karak Highway (same route you use to get to...

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  • From Kota Bahru to othe region

    There are different station for buses travelling around Kelantan and long distance buses to other states. For travelling in Kelantan, the bus station to go is located opposite the Telekom. It is called SMKM bus station.From here, you can take bus number 693 at 9am to Kuala Besut, transit point for Pulau Perhentian.

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Kota Baharu Shopping

  • Pengkalan Kubor FTZ

    Pengkalan Kubor is a border town with a duty free shopping area... There are numerous shopping complexes such as Nadi's Collection, PKT and the market...The town is particularly jam pack on Fridays and Saturdays which are the designated weekends in Kelantan... Nadi's Collection is one of the more popular outlet... Its range of products include...

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  • Shopping

    This is the new mall in Kota Bahru and a lot of stalls still in vacant condition; some stalls are still renovating. Not much to shop and see here.However, as a laid-back town as Kota Bahru, this shopping mall is just superior to the kids and residents. I have a chance talking to the local teenagers, they told me the 'must do/see' in Kota Bahru is...

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Kota Baharu Local Customs

  • No Shagadelic!!

    In the State of Kelantan, you don't call any young girls baby. You don't shag now nor shag later.What you see in Austin Powers the movie, you must forget entirely and you don't practice them here.You have the right to remain sexy, sugar. But you can't just dress like Foxxy and walking on the street without getting into trouble. Pity!!

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  • Islamic State

    The state is populated mostly by Malays and Bumiputeras, with only tiny factions of Chinese and Indian residents. Kelantan in fact is the main driving force for traditional Islam in modern Malaysia. However, I think Kelantan’s governing leaders are to idealistic about building a strong Muslim ideal in the state.

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  • Rebana Ubi

    Rebana Ubi (giant gong) performance is a local custom in Kelantan and Kota Baharu. The performance is normally held to welcome visitors.

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Kota Baharu Warnings and Dangers

  • Restaurant Turn "Pub" at night

    Since that Kota Bharu is in Kelantan state, the only real real Islamic state in Malaysia, drinking openly is actually prohibited. You cannot find any lottery ticket counter here as well.If you come crashing into a Chinese restaurant in KB at night, don't be too surprise it feels rather dingy because it is true! Seeing that Chinese restaurant is the...

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  • Motorcycles Zipping in and out

    If you are driving around here, do be careful with the motorcyclist. There are many youngsters that have no license but rode like road terror around here. Most don't wear any helmet as it is perceived to be a norm since they are just riding around the "neighbourhood"

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  • Boring....

    You won't find too much traditional music or dance, as women are forbidden from entertaining in public. The state has strict laws controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages, which cannot be purchased in stores, hotels, or most restaurants. Chinese restaurants, however, are permitted to sell beer to their patrons. Consumption of alcohol will be...

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Kota Baharu Off The Beaten Path

  • Guillemard Bridge

    The Guillemard Bridge (at 600m long) that spans the Kelantan River is said to be the longest train bridge in the country... The strong, black solid steel bridge connects Kursial in Tanah Merah and Paloh Rawa in the Machang district... It took The Metro Carriage Wagon & Finance Co. Ltd, Wednesbury Works, England, four years to build and was...

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  • Visit a Kelantanese Waterfall

    Although in Kelantan, the people are more conservative, it is often a nice day out to visit on its waterfalls... secluded in its nature, you are able to swim and relax without a hundred tourists swanning around.TIP: although strange for a westerner, please wear a tshirt and shorts for swimming, as baring more is considered imoral and rude to the...

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  • Kuala Krai zoo

    Kuala Krai is a large village about 60 kms in the interiors south of Kota Bharu.Nothing special here, but it is a good starting point to see the rainforest.I spent a few hours here waiting for the train and I visited a small zoo with some local wildlife. Usually I do not like zoos, but I must say that the small animals were very well kept and with...

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Kota Baharu Favorites

  • Friday is THE OFF DAY -- No food, no...

    If you are like us, hanging around KB on a Friday afternoon, you will find yourself hungry after founding for food around the whole town. THIS IS TRUE! 90% of the shops in KB is closed on Friday, perhaps for prayer or so. Even the Chinese restaurant close too. The only way to get something decent to eat, for us at least, was this Kebun Sultan...

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  • Nice Kelantan Scenery

    State of Kelantan & Kedah are quite similar in many ways like the padi fields, bordering & gateway to Thailand. If you want to relate the political influence, they are under the same governing party as well.You may ask what about the cow. Well, nothing really special about this cow. This picture was taken on my first self-organised,...

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  • Cover up!

    Kelantan is one of the most conservative of states in malaysia and so in order to show some respect to the people, coving up to at least elbows and knees would be highly appreciated. If not, men will leer at you, and service might not be as good as it would be should you show them respect as well. They will however not be impolite to you.

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