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Cradle of Malay Culture

The state of Kelantan is located in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia and is nicknamed the ‘Cradle of Malay Culture’. Kota Bharu being the riverside state capital is home to its royal palaces of past and present. Discover a treasure trove of quaint gems when you experience and witness the simple life at this quiet countryside that blends old-fashioned villages, small towns and riverside communities. Revel in time-honored Malay heritage and culture while getting to enjoy and experience the sights of mountains, caves and jungles at the pristine Kuala Koh National Park and imposing Mount Stong. You can also be sure of a unique and memorable experience here in Kelantan.


Kelantan’s attractions are diverse and interesting. Kota Bharu, the capital city, has a number of attractions that can be visited on foot as some of these places are situated close to one another. Just outside, rustic villages and countryside greens awaits to be discovered and experienced.

Here are some popular places of interest in this state; Gunung (Mount) Stong at Kuala Krai, Kuala Koh National Park, Handicraft Village & Craft Museum, Cottage Industries, War, Royal and State Museums at Kota Bharu, the Jahar Museum of Royal Customs and Traditions, Siti Khadijah Market, Buddhist Temples at Tumpat, Gua Ikan and Gua Gelap Caves at Dabong, Kampung Laut Mosque (one of the oldest in the country) and the Shui Yue Gong Temple at Gua Musang (this temple attracts devotees from all over Asia).

Food & Dining

A delightful assortment of local fare is waiting to be sampled and discovered with adventurous foodies. Rice, the staple food, is creatively cooked in many ways with the use of different herbs and spices. Local dishes are spicy and pungent with some dishes adopting Thai influences. The state is also known for its variety of sumptuous desserts. Fast food outlets are available at major towns and Western food can be found at major restaurants and hotels.


A good network of roads links major towns in the country to Kelantan. Kota Bharu is situated about 474km from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city. Visitors can drive there using the East West Highway with the journey taking about five hours to get there.

Getting around Kelantan is fairly easy via buses, taxis, trishaws and airport taxis.

Explore Other States

The state of Pahang stands as the biggest state in Peninsula Malaysia and nearly two-thirds of its land is richly covered with magnificent rainforests that is filled with natural verdant and wildlife treasures. Taman Negara, Malaysia’s National Park is a 130-million-years-old rainforest with teeming wildlife. A trip to this magical beauty is a must for nature lovers. Make sure to also visit the many animal sanctuaries, parks, lakes and waterfalls to experience and appreciate nature in it’s full beauty.

Kuantan, the capital city in Pahang, has a number of interesting tourist spots.. Come enjoy the many interesting sights when you take the relaxing river cruise ride or learn about interesting local culture and arts when you visit the Seni Art Museum. Balok and Cherating are beaches that bustle with many lively attractions. More natural treasures await at Kuala Krau, Raub and Temerloh.


Known as the ‘Gem of the East Coast’, Terengganu is a magical destination steeped in Malay culture, history and heritage. The state is blessed with pristine coastlines and sweeping vistas of aquamarine waters with white powdery beaches and pristine islands just off the coast in the South China Sea. Kuala Terengganu is the charming capital of this state and is also a main gateway to many of the state’s tourist destinations.

Explore the majestic cascading waterfalls and sprawling lakes and rivers while discovering some of the most impressive and beautiful natural sceneries. Venture along the many coastal villages and sample local delight treasures while shopping traditional Malaysian handicrafts that make great memorable gifts and souvenirs. Come experience the charms of Terengganu!