Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan and lies in the state of Kelantan bordering Thailand. You will simply love this conservative and pretty laidback town. This is your chance to see some great museums, look at a traditional architecture and eat some delicious food. It is here where you will find the traditional side to Malaysia. You can book a hotel in Kota Bharu, and there are plenty of options available for all kind of travelers with different budgets. If you are looking for a hotel with all the latest amenities and excellent services, then head for Hotel Perdana Kota Bharu. Located near the market hub, it is easy to reach the local attractions from here.
There is plenty to do and see in Kota Bharu. The charming city boasts of palaces, museums, markets and many historic buildings. However, it is not possible to cover all, especially if you are here for a few days. So, read on to learn about those five things that are a must to do or see while here.
- Streetart Gallery
Visit the Streetart Gallery for a colorful display of street art. There are graphics of smiling locals, idyllic jungle scenes as well as the different scenes of Palestine suffering. Make sure you visit the Streetart Gallery where you will come across beautiful artwork. Stop by and click a few pictures of the Palestine war depictions, detailing on the carpets on the roads, and some great examples of a 3D representation.
- Night Market
Explore the night market which is immensely popular with the locals and the tourist for its Malay food. Some of the top favorites include ayam percik which is a marinated chicken on bamboo skewers. You will also love nasi kerabu, a nasi kerabu or murtabak, which is a pan-fried flatbread filled with meat or bananas. You can hang out here with your friends or simply look around. People are drinking iced tea and juices on those long tables.
- Istana Jahar
Istana Jahar is one of the most exciting museums of Kota Bharu’. It is recognizable from afar because of those gilded roofs and brown and yellow shades. Built in 1887, the museum offers an insight into the life at the northern Kelantan state. The pentagon-shaped building is really intriguing. Take a look at the artifacts, photographs and traditional handicrafts that reflect the rich and sophisticated heritage of Kelantan.
- Grand Palace
Also known as Istana Balai Besar, the Grand Palace was built in 1844. Skilled local carpenters built the palace along Malay architectural lines. One can venture inside to see the throne and royal regalia. Today, the palace is used for important events and to host special occasions. The building has a kind of elegant architecture that is indeed unique and well worth seeing.
- Kampung Cina
Kampung Cina is one of the initial Chinese settlements. Here you will find colorful outdoor markets and picturesque Chinese temple. This is the earliest Chinese settlement in Kota Bahru and the Chinese are known to have a long historical link with Kelantan. Today, Chinese live in cultural harmonies with other communities in Kelantan.
Apart from the spots mentioned above, there is still a lot more to do and see in Kota Bharu. You can walk around the downtown area or go to the beautiful beaches such as Irama Beach or PCB Beach. Shop for hand-Printed batik clothes, silverware and crystals, and gemstone. Kota Bharu is famous for its delicious Kelantanese food which is influenced by Thai and Indian style. Enjoy the unique cuisine and lots of goodies coffee shops. Drink coconut water from the fruit and then eat the flesh.