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Things to do in Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu is Kelantan’s state capital in Malaysia. Many travellers think of it as a gateway city to the famous Perhentian Islands. But don’t mistake Kota Bharu as simply your stopping point to more popular destinations, because you’ll miss out on the city and its exciting neighbour towns.
Start exploring Kota Bharu at Independence Square, and take your pictures of the iconic Sultan Ismail Petra Arches. Bring your camera to the nearby grand Istana Balai Besar, and see the stunning design of the palace gates.
You can also get your fill of culture and the rich history of Kota Bahru at Kelantan State Museum, the Handicrafts Museum, Museum of Islam, and the Kelantan Traditional Royal Ceremonies Museum.
In the nearby towns, you can enjoy a tour of the temples. See the huge reclining Buddha of Wat Phothivihan. There’s an impressive sitting Buddha at Wat Machimarran Varran. Check out the dragon boat and the standing Buddha at Wat Mai Suwan Khiri. Don’t forget to see Wat Chonprachumthat and the Wat Serova Buddhist Temples too.
Feel the breeze through your hair with a river cruise along Sungai Galas down to Dabong. Explore the caves at Gua Ikan and Dabong, and be impressed with Mount Stong State Park’s Stong waterfall.
Soak up the sun next at the incredible beaches in and around Kota Bharu. Relax at Moonlight Beach and Pantai Irama. Pick among the beautiful beaches at Bachok such as Pantai Kandis, Pantai Perkasa, Pantai Sungai Dua.
Of course, when you fly to Kota Bharu you have to stop by the gorgeous Perhentian Islands, which is a bundle of stunning coral-fringed islands. Walk the trails around Kecil Island that offer spectacular viewing areas such as the Lighthouse Towers. You can even climb up and jump off into the sea for a thrilling experience. There are also the exciting trails between Arwana and Watercolours Paradise for a wildlife experience.
Splash into a whole new world as you go scuba diving at Redang Island. You can also snorkel and say hello to the undersea creatures at Teluk Pauh, Shark Point, and Tanjung Basi. Then wander around the islands and brave the seas by kayak.
What you should know
The best time to visit Kota Bharu for fewer rainy days is from February to May. The months of January, February, and October to December is when you can experience mild temperatures in Kota Bharu.
Bring along a good Malay phrasebook if you don’t speak the language to help you on your trip.
Get ready for your trip now because Singaporeans can fly to Malaysia and visit Kota Bharu visa-free. Just visit the website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Kota Bharu
To reach Kota Bharu, you will be flying in to Sultan Ismail Petra Airport. You can get to the city and travel around Kota Bharu by taxi and bus.
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