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Kota Bharu (also Kota Bahru, Kota Baru) is the capital of the state of Kelantan on the eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia. There is little of interest in the town itself, and most travellers simply pass through on their way to the Perhentian Islands from Singapore or Thailand.
Kota Bharu is a very socially conservative city in a state ruled by the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS). Be respectful of the cultural and religious sensibilities of its primarily Muslim inhabitants. There is no need for non-Muslim women to wear a tudung (kerchief over the hair), but both men and women should consider wearing clothing which covers their legs and torso completely, and if you are a woman, also consider covering your arms. Tourists dressed in shorts and skimpy shirts seem out of place on the East Coast of Malaysia. Also, be prepared for breaks to be taken in many places, including the Pasar Malam (Night Market) during Islamic prayer times.
Kota Bharu's small but new and efficient Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (ICAO code KBR) currently receives flights from Kuala Lumpur only, on both Malaysian and Air Asia. Advance bookings on both airlines can be very cheap, with fares even on Malaysian starting at RM70. The airport is 15 minutes from the city by taxi.
Kota Bharu's main railway station Wakaf Bahru is some 5 kilometers away from the city center. Nightly sleeper trains running on the "Jungle Track" connect to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (around RM70 for an air-con 2nd-class sleeper); alternatively, you can take a local train to Gemas to enjoy the view and change there. Or you can hop on a bus to the Thai border at Sungei Kolok and continue by rail from there. To get to the city, take bus 27 (RM1) or a taxi (RM10).
Buses connect Kota Bharu to all major cities in peninsula Malaysia. Most long distance buses leave from the southern Langgar terminal, while local and regional services converge on the Central terminal; connect between the two in 10 minutes on bus 39 (RM0.50). A basic Transnasional bus to Kuala Lumpur will set you back RM22, with luxury VIP buses running around RM35-40.
Kota Bharu itself offers many museums near Independence Square (Padang Merdeka). The most amazing building however is the central market. It is an octagonal building in the centre of town and houses a very colourful and active market every day. Nearby is a plain square which turns into the local food market in the evenings.
Great temples to visits in the nearby Kota Bharu Town: Wat Pothivihan (the lagest reclining Buddha in south East Asia.), Wat Mai Suwan Khiri (dragon Boat & standing Buddha),Wat Machimarran Varran (sitting Buddha),Wat Serova Buddhist Temples (Lady god Kuan Yin)....Please check http://www.worldisround.com/articles/187082/index.html Interested to visit the place and need further information, please email email@example.com
Kota Bharu is full of delicious Kelantanese food, a unique cuisine influenced by Thai and Indian styles, among others. Lots of goodies are to be found in the pasars and in coffee shops throughout the city.
Among the local specialties are Ayam Percik, chicken which is roasted over a wood fire and combined with coconut/peanut sauce and delicious local herbs and greens; Nasi Ulam, rice with fragrant, fresh-picked leaves and shoots, traditionally dipped into budu (fish sauce), sambal belacan (shrimp paste with hot pepper, et al.) or/and tempoyak (fermented durian sauce); Murtabak, savory or sweet crêpes; and a wide variety of Kuih (little cakes). If you visit around Hari Raya time, don't miss the chance to try Tapai, which is sweet fermented cassava or rice. If you like tea, wash everything down with Te O (tea with sugar) or Te Susu (tea with sweetened condesed milk).
Accommodation (hostels) are found in the area near the Central Market.
"...Lee Guesthouse" No:263,Jalan KK1/9,Off Jalan Pasir Puteh,16350 Kota Bharu,Kelantan.Telephone No:09-7479663 ,0179806638,email address:Leeguesthouse@gmail.com Rack rates from:RM50.00
From the airport, train station and city you can take a taxi to Kuala Besut or Tok Bali for ferry connections to the Perhentian Islands (45-60 min; theoretically only RM 25 but good luck paying much less than RM 50). If you want to stick to public transport, you can take bus 3 to Pasir Puteh (RM2.50) and connect to bus 96 to Kuala Besut (RM1.40).