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Kota Baharu Travel Guide: 83 reviews and 151 photos


Of all the places i have visited in Malaysia, Kota Bharu is one of the places which is so rich in Malayan culture and arts, is something which people should never miss. For many people this town is a stepping stone for the beautiful beaches of the perhentian islands, but for me, i found myself learning a lot more about the malaysians by simly trying to learn about their cultures, participating in their celebrations of their king and embracing everything around me.

Although it is set in one of the more conservative muslim states in Malaysia this should not put people off it. The town itself id full of many people who want to take you into their hearts should you let them... and respect them. By speaking a little amount of malay, they will also try and encourage you to eat with them, and spend time with them....

The kelantanese are very proud of their heritage and shows are often put on for their royal family, and if you visit the cultural centre, you can get a good glimpse it....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fascinating culture, lovely people
  • Cons:almost a dry state, conservative
  • In a nutshell:More than just a stop before the perhentians
  • Last visit to Kota Baharu: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    great food at the night market but i am told that it is a different location now!

    • Designerartgirl's Profile Photo
      Nov 4, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      Just ask a local for directions and he will always point you to the pasar malam :) (night market). Something not to be missed.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Nice page

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2006 at 4:14 AM

    Very interesting place on kota baharu, hope to be able to visit this city one day :)

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2005 at 2:50 AM

    Hi Steph...great cultural tips! Happy travels, Blu

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2005 at 12:17 PM

    Hi Step, you have great tips here. I yet to re-visit to see spinning top & flying a wau myself. Was there, but too rush after my dive trip.

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2005 at 3:04 PM

    Some really great tips Steph,... just got these at Home-info, thanks greetzzz RoyJava


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