Attractions

Beach in Kota Bharu

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Kota Bharu’s main beach was once known as Pantai Cinta Berahi, or the Beach of Passionate Love. In keeping with Islamic sensibilities, it’s now known as Pantai Cahaya Bulan or Moonlight Beach. Most people call it 'P…
Cultural Centre in Kota Bharu

Gelanggang Seni

Local cultural events, including gasing uri (top-spinning), silat (a Malay martial art), kite-making, drumming and shadow-puppet shows are held regularly at Gelanggang Seni. The events are kid-friendly and all are f…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Bank Kerapu

Built in 1912 for the Mercantile Bank of India, the Bank Kerapu building was the first stone structure built in Kelantan. During WWII it was the HQ of the Kempai Tai, Japan’s feared secret police. Today it is also k…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Istana Jahar

Kota Bharu’s best museum focuses on Kelantanese ritual and crafts. It's housed in a beautiful chocolate brown building that dates back to 1887 and which is easily one of the most attractive traditional buildings in …
Buddhist Temple in Tumpat

Wat Maisuwankiri

Wat Maisuwankiri, near the village of Kampung Bukit Tanah, boasts a ‘floating temple’, a richly decorated dragon boat surrounded by a murky moat.
Museum in Kota Bharu

Muzium Islam

Muzium Islam occupies an old villa once known as Serambi Mekah (Verandah to Mecca) – a reference to its days as Kelantan’s first school of Islamic instruction. Nowadays it displays a small collection of photographs …
State Park in Kelantan

Gunung Stong State Park

Named for the 1422m-high Gunung Stong mountain, this 219.5 sq km park, only 15km from Dabong, features beautiful stepped waterfalls and offers amazing hiking, swimming and trekking. It is believed to be home to elep…
Cave in Kelantan

Gua Ikan

Close to Dabong this cave features a limestone grotto carved out by a flowing river that can rise rapidly and dangerously after rain. Usually, however, it is a pleasant, if slightly overused picnic spot.
Museum in Kota Bharu

Muzium Negeri Kelanta

This museum, next to the tourist information centre, is the official state museum. The exhibits on Kelantan’s history and culture are interesting, but the accompanying signage can be poor.
Arts Centre in Kota Bharu

Kampung Kraftangan

This handicraft market, a touristy affair opposite Istana Batu, has a one-room museum with displays of woodcarving, batik-making and other crafts.