Kelantan is located on the Northeastern corner of Peninsular Malaysia and shares a common border with Thailand in the north. The state is a veritable treasure trove of delights – rustic fishing villages, palm-fringed beaches, lush rice fields and traditional pastimes such as kite-flying and top-spinning. Kelantan is a unique travel destination because of its splendid beaches, rich cultural heritage, ornate handicrafts and wood carvings. The people here have managed to preserve their age-old customs and traditions. Therefore Kelantan is aptly dubbed the ‘Cradle of Malay Culture.'
Places of Interest
Kota Bharu Market and Bazaar
A paradise for browsing and shopping, this market offers a myriad of local handicraft including batik, leather goods, clothing and household items. Siti Khadijah Market is named after Prophet Muhammad's entrepreneurial wife; a fitting name for a market mostly run by women.
Bamboo Fort Bazaar
This three-story shopping complex offers a wide range of souvenirs, silverware, clothing and handicrafts.
Night Food Market
Getting there: Located in the center of Kota Bahru, which is easily accessible by taxis and buses.
Batik painting in Kelantan is an indigenous activity. Sarongs were previously printed using the stamp block method. Over the years however, different techniques have been employed and visiting a batik factory is the only way to gain real insight into the entire process of batik printing. Batik factories can be found in Kampung Puteh, Kubur Kuda and Kampung Badang.
Renowned for its intricacy of design and superior workmanship, Kelantan silver is highly treasured around the country. Items range from the functional to the purely ornamental, and include fruit bowls, tea sets and ashtrays. Particularly delicate are their filigree broaches and bracelets. Silvercraft factories are located at Kampung Sireh along Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kampung Marak or Kampung Badang on the road to Pantai Cahaya Bulan.
Pantai Cahaya Bulan
Formerly known as the Beach of Passionate Love, Pantai Cahaya Bulan is the most famous beach in Kelantan. Tall casuarinas and swaying coconut palms fringe the beach, which faces the South China Sea. The beach is well-developed, and includes a resort hotel, chalets, restaurants, a camping ground, public restrooms and changing rooms.
For more details on places of interest, please visit www.tic.kelantan.gov.my.