Food & Beverage

January 5, 2008

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage Kelantan
There is a great variety of delicious food in Kelantan Specialities include nasi kerabu (rice with herbal salad) and ayam percik (marinated chicken barbecued on a bamboo skewer) while tom yam and barbecued fish are also hot items. Besides a good selection of Malay, Chinese and Indian food, there are many types of cakes ranging from the sweet to the savoury which promise a mouth watering experience.

Ayam Percik
A favourite with locals and visitors alike, is barbecued chicken marinated with spicy coconut gravy.

Nasi Keratin
Another rice-based dish, is served with coconut milk. flaked fish, desiccated coconut and a variety of herbs and sauces.

Nasi Dagang
is a type of rice with a brownish tinge steamed with coconut milk and served with fish gravy.

Restaurants and food stalls abound in Kota Bharu and hawkers selling snacks can be found almost anywhere. At the junction of Jalan Padang Garong and Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, you will find Kota Bharu’s Chinatown. Traditional Chinese noodle dishes are readily available here. Those who are looking for an outdoor Malaysian dining experience in the evening, should try the food stalls open from 6.00 pm to midnight at Padang Bas, in the town centre.
Food & Beverage Kelantan


Kampung Experience

January 5, 2008

Kampung Experience

Kampung Experience

Savour the hospitality of a typical Kelantanese family by opting to stay with a family of your choice. This unique homestay programme enables you to get an insight into the culture and lifestyle of these simple folks. You can choose to be “adopted” by any of these: potter, fisherman, kite maker, batik manufacturer, silversmith, top-spinning craftsman. Get in touch with the Tourist Information Centre or your hotel receptionist who will be able to make the necessary arrangements.


War Museum

January 5, 2008

War Museum

The War Museum occupies the oldest brick building in Kelantan, dating back to 1912. This historic building now houses Japanese memorabilia and documents relating to World War Two.

Opening hours: 10.30 am – 5.45 pm daily except Fridays.


Masjid Muhammadi/Muhammadi Mosque

January 5, 2008

State Museum

Masjid Muhammadi/ Muhammadi Mosque

This mosque took ten years to build, i.e., from 1916-1926 during the reign of Sultan lsmail. Visitors are required to seek the permission of the caretaker before entering. They should be properly attired and should remove their shoes.


Royal Museum / Istana Batu

January 5, 2008

Royal Museum / Istana Batu

Royal Museum / Istana Batu

Istana Batu was designed and built in, 1939 during the reign of Sultan lsmail 1. It was used as a venue for royal weddings as well as to house royal guests. Today, it has been converted into the Royal Museum where regalia and palace items belonging to former Sultans are on display. These include silverware, bedroom items and furniture from the royal household. There is also a photographic exhibition on the life of the late Sultan of Kelantan.

Opening hours: 10.30 am – 5.45 pm daily except Fridays.

Admission: RM2.00 Children: RM1.00


Siti Khadijah Market(New Central Market)

January 5, 2008

New Central Market

New Central Market

Kelantan’s Central Market is a riot of colour. It is one of the most vibrant sites in the country where traders display brilliantly coloured fresh garden produce.

Kelantan’s Central Market is mainly dominated and ‘ruled’ by the womenfolk. It may surprise you that a majority of stalls are run by women. From the early hours of the morning till sundown, these market queens sit across-legged upon their raised wooden platforms, guarding their merchandise.

New Central Market

Perhaps this is a throwback to the fact that Kelantan was once ruled by a princess, Cik Siti Wan Kembang, a female sovereign. Kelantanese women remain fiercely entrepreneurial and have been known to be hard bargainers.

The sights, sounds, and colours are uniquely Kelantanese–women traders display garden produce, food stands grill delectable barbecued chicken and craftsmen offer traditional wares like Kelantanese silver rose bowls.

New Central Market

All around the square, or rather octagon, the energy is electric, effervescent colors swirl, as the fruits and vegetables blush in brilliant hues of bright yellow, deep burgundy, rich mauve, strating scarlet, clam olive and stunning lime green.

Baskets dance in the crowd, weaving through the throng of sarong clad women with spinach kissed snadals, filling with fresh turnips, cabbages, tomatoes and chilies.

The queens dip their merchandise in refreshing bowls of water whilst others wave about their contraption of plastic bag attached to lidi stick, keeping away bugs Piquant scents waft on the moist air, a mixture of tangy spices, sweet meat floss, chewy ‘dodol’, a traditional glutinous rice flour cake made with palm sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves, as well as the luscious fried fish paste snack ‘keropok lekor’.

New Central Market

A paradise for browsing and shopping, this market offers a myriad of local handicraft including batik, leather goods, clothing and household items.

The market is probably the most photographed site in the country and it is especially lively in the mornings.


Merdeka Square

January 5, 2008

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

The site of many historical events, Merdeka Square rose to prominence in 1844 after the completion of the lstana Besar. It is also known as Padang Bank.


Kite Making

January 5, 2008

Kite Making

Kite Making

Kelantan is the home of giant kites that soar through the air with nary a care in the world. Kite-flying usually takes place after the harvest when farmers have time on their hands to fashion and fly these wau. There are many different types wau kuching (cat kite), wau merak (peacock kite), wau bulan (moon kite) to name a few.

Kite-making requires tremendous skill and patience. The art is usually handed down from father to son. Along the road to Pantai Cahaya Bulan, there are many such establishments producing these gaily-decorated kites. These establishments can be reached by boarding Bus No. 10 in front of the New Central Market.


Istamic Museum / Syura Hall

January 5, 2008

The history of Islam in Kelantan is well documented in the artefacts and inscriptions exhibited here. The setting-up of the Islamic Museum is timely as Kelantan is one of the centres of Islamic Learning.

Opening hours: 10.30 am – 5.45 pm daily except Fridays.

Admission: RM2.00 Children: RM1.00


Fishing Village

January 5, 2008

Fishing Village

Fishing Village

No visit to Kelantan would be complete without a trip to a fishing village dubbed “the soul of Malaysia’s East Coast”. Two of the most well-known villages are the Sabak Beach (approx. 14 km from Kota Bharu) and Kuala Besar (15 km from Kota Bharu).
If you wish to fully capture the moment, you should arrive no later than 2:30 pm when the boats laden with the day’s catch are first spotted on the horizon. As they come ashore. their intricately carved prows are a riot of colours. Then the bargaining begins between wholesalers and the fishermen – a noisy but interesting ritual.

You will also be able to witness other related activities such as fish-curing and the mending of nets. Buses No. 8 and 9 depart every half hour from the old market terminal to Sabak Beach.

Bus No. 28 leaves from the New Central Market to Kuala Besar every half hour.