The Colorful Islamic State, Kota Bharu, Kelantan


Kota Bharu is the capital city of Kelantan. The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Malay. This city located at north-east of Malaysia and very close to the Thai border.


A trip to “==Perhentian Island”:==": did not just stop right there. We went back to Kota Bharu where we will stay one more night before taking flight, back to KL.

Kelantan is a very unique state where it is an islamic state in Malaysia where all the food and dialect are very much different compare to the KL ones and this is what makes Kelantan unique. :)


The other morning when we woke up, the first thing we wanted to do was to ‘FEED our stomach with FOOD!’ We went to this very delicious ‘nasi dagang’ at a stall nearby our apartment. Nasi Dagang literally means “Trading Rice”. It is a well-known breakfast food in the states on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, such as Terengganu and Kelantan. And…Opps, I was too hungry to snap a picture of the nasi dagang…hhehehe :P

Our stomach is full and now we are well recharge, we all headed to the must-visit ‘pasar’, it means market in Malay – The Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah.

Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah is a central wet market. The market consists of many stalls selling vegetables, meat, fish, cloths, ‘sarong’, ‘batik’, ‘keropok’, local delicates, junk food and so much more. We found some long-lost childhood games and sweets there too! Gosh, we all had a super fun time ‘shopping’ inside the market.


Not to forget, we did stop by at The Sultan Ismail Petra Arch. it was erected to commemorate the declaration of Kota Bharu as a cultural town showcasing Malay culture. Hmm, another trademark building in Kota Bharu.


After the fun shopping time in the central market, and posing in front of the trademark building in the town, we all talk a walk in the town, have fun lomo-ing around under the sunny sunshine. The colorful walls, some very old advertisement board, unique old shop lots, we had so much fun lomo-ing around :)

Time flies and the trip had came to the end. It’s sad to bid goodbye to this place and the trip. It was indeed a lovely summer fun trip with buddies! :)



written by eva_eva on 2010-10-15 #places #food #travel #market #malaysia #outing #islamic #colorful #location #actionsampler #fisheye #lca #malay #travel-destination #loom-buddies #quota-bharu

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  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    very nice report and great shots! Ciao!

  2. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    i spent few days before heading to perhentian island. i really enjoyed the night market there. btw, i really love the colour of your cross process. good job... ciao ; )

  3. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    It's indeed a nice small peaceful town where everyone spoke in cute malay dialect!

    Anyway, i notice that there are some pics and left missing with only the [Asset XXXX] appear instead! help!

  4. moonormoon
    moonormoon ·

    mu hometown.home sweet home

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