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6 Ultimate Guide To The Best Things To Do In Kelantan | November 4, 2023

Welcome fellow explorers to another journey to Kelantan, one of the best travel destinations in Malaysia! Today, we’re setting foot in the treasure trove of rich culture, delicious cuisine, exciting adventures, and serene nature, nestled on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. This underrated paradise is a refreshing change from the bustling urban jungles, promising an experience that’s unique, enriching, and unforgettable. Join me as I unveil the best things to do in Kelantan, a place that captures the heart and soul of traditional Malaysia.

Kelantan, a city rich in cultural heritage and traditions
Kelantan, a city rich in cultural heritage and traditions

Food Delights: A Treat for the Taste Buds

In Kelantan, food is not just a meal; it’s a wholehearted celebration of tradition and flavor. Start your culinary adventure with Nasi Kerabu, the famous blue rice meal served with grilled fish or chicken, a smorgasbord of local herbs, and a heartwarming dollop of homemade sambal. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some Ayam Percik, a succulent grilled chicken dish with an aromatic coconut-based sauce.

The iconic Keropok Lekor is a must-try; this traditional fish sausage is a beloved snack for both locals and tourists. For the sweet toothed, the colourful Tepung Pelita and Akak Kuih should definitely be on your list. Remember, the heart of Kelantan’s culinary scene lies in its local markets, so be ready to feast your senses at the Pasar Siti Khadijah.

Keropok lekor
Keropok lekor

Kelantan Cultural and Historical Travel: The Past, Present and Future

Kelantan is the cultural heartbeat of Malaysia. Visit the Kota Bharu Islamic Museum to delve into the Islamic heritage or take a stroll through the Royal Museum of Kelantan for a glimpse into the life of royalty. One unexpected delight that strikes a chord with visitors is Kelantan’s burgeoning street art scene. In the heart of its cities, colorful murals painted by talented local artists tell stories of the region’s history and culture, turning ordinary streets into open-air galleries.

Street arts in Kelantan
Street arts in Kelantan

The Handicraft Village and Craft Museum is a haven for craft enthusiasts, showcasing the art of batik painting, silverware, and traditional kite making. Don’t miss the Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet show, an age-old storytelling tradition which is a visual and musical spectacle. Lastly, the Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) is a testament to Kelantan’s architectural grandeur and a historical journey you must not miss.

Nature Exploration: A Breath of Fresh Air

For nature lovers, Kelantan is a sweet escape. The verdant Gunung Stong State Park hosts the highest waterfall in Southeast Asia and promises breathtaking views. The Sering Beach and Takir Lake offer serene spots for picnics, while the Min Fireflies Garden is home to a variety of beautiful flora.

Thrilling Adventures: Exciting Experiences Guaranteed to Ignite Your Passion

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Kelantan won’t disappoint. Venture into the jungle for an exhilarating river rafting experience along the Kelantan River, or try your hand at trekking and camping in the rainforest of Gunung Stong State Park. You can also try fishing at the estuary of Pantai Sabak, or visit during the monsoon season to witness the thrilling Kelantan International Kite Festival.

 Lodging: Temporary yet Comfortable Accommodations

Accommodations in Kelantan range from luxury hotels to homestays, allowing you to experience the region’s hospitality in its various forms. Consider staying in a traditional wooden ‘kampung’ house for a unique experience. Grand Riverview Hotel, Perdana Kota Bharu Hotel, The Grand Renai Hotel in Kota Bharu, and Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort offer premium stays, while PCB Beach Resort located near Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach) and The W Hotel Cemerlang in Kota Bharu, Kelantan provide affordable accommodations.

Beaches: Relax by the Ocean

The crown jewel of Kelantan’s natural beauty is its pristine coastline. Pantai Cahaya Bulan, also known as the Moonlight Beach, is perfect for a relaxing family day out. For island lovers, a short boat ride will take you to the Perhentian Islands, a marine paradise known for its crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and the opportunity to dive or snorkel with turtles and reef sharks.

The landmark of Kelantan

Kelantan is truly a gem waiting to be explored, offering experiences that range from feasting on mouth-watering cuisines to engaging with local culture, basking in nature’s grandeur, thrilling adventures, comfortable stays, and relaxing by the tranquil beaches. So pack your bags and set off to this vibrant locale – a symphony of experiences await you in the enchanting land of Kelantan!

About the Author


As a local living in Malaysia, my passion lies in traversing this wonderful country, uncovering one destination after another. Traveling is more than a hobby for me; it's a journey into new cultures, traditions, and undiscovered corners. Another key part of my travels includes enjoying the culinary delights, ranging from simple street food to delicious dishes in upscale restaurants. My ultimate goal is to share these experiences with you by providing a comprehensive guide, complete resources and exclusive discounts for traveling in Malaysia. Stay tuned for more insights and stories as I continue to explore and share the wonders of Malaysia.

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