USD

Kota Bharu

Everything you Need to Know about Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu, Kelantan’s capital and Malaysia’s very own ‘Newcastle’, is an Islamic city with a large Malay population. Hence, Kota Bharu has a rich Malay culture evident in the food, language, lifestyle and sights. It’s also the reason why alcohol is prohibited although there are some Chinese who will sell you beers behind closed doors.

Still, life here remains pleasant and peaceful. Old trishaws still ply the streets to pick up tourists, but most of the time, are busy transporting housewives to and from the Central Market.

Read More

The Central Market is a popular market that practically everyone in Kota Bharu goes to for shopping. Come early morning, traders are busy setting up stalls; some smoke hand-rolled cigarettes while sitting cross-legged on a sheet of fruits and vegetables, others cradle babies in their hands. As the clock ticks, the central market itself becomes alive with the din of haggling.

For food, Kota Bharu has a special dish called ‘Ulam’. It is a local salad served with a special anchovy sauce and flavoured with thinly sliced 'kedondong' (a tropical fruit) and spicy hot chilli.

Batik, a form of silk, is a popular sale in shops as are traditional Malay handicrafts and apparels such as the ‘songket’ a type of Islamic prayer hat. For a good taste of history, visit the Royal Museum, also called the ‘Stone Palace’ for being one of the first establishments made of concrete in Kelantan.

A visit to Kota Bahru is a trip through the richness of Malay culture and tradition so don’t miss it!

Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Tours You May Like

Related Pages

  • Pantai Tengah Nightlife

    Pantai Tengah Nightlife A-Z

    Pantai Tengah is a quiet place compared to Pantai Cenang, but you can still find a smattering of all-night cafes, pubs Read More»

  • 6 Romantic Spa Hotels in Penang

    5 Romantic Spa Hotels in Penang

    In the mood for a romantic spa experience after a day of exploring Penang’s temples and heritage streets? Then look no Read More»

  • Subang Jaya Hotels

    All Subang Jaya Hotels

    Catering to travellers of various budget levels and style preference, Subang hotels consist of frills-free yet cosy Read More»

  • Top 10 Hotels in Gurney Drive

    Top 10 Hotels in Gurney Drive

    From the luxurious The Northam All Suite Penang to the all-time favourite G Hotel, our Top 10 Hotels in Gurney Drive Read More»

  • 5 Best Things to Do in Chow Kit

    A sleepy section of the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Chow Kit has some pretty interesting attractions, including Southeast Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotel Discounts in Chow Kit

    Our list of the 10 best hotel discounts in Chow Kit offers a great mix of accommodation options with incredible rates, Read More»

We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.

Hotels.com
Loading...