Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Kota Bharu is located in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia. Being the state capital of Kelantan, and close proximity to Thailand, it attracts people and business. Almost 80 percent of the population of Kelantan reside in Kota Bharu and its surrounding. Being a major town in the east coast, Kota Bharu is considered a favourite among the tourists due to variety of products offered and are relatively cheap too. I am going to show you the must visit places in Kota Bharu i.e. old palaces (history), night market of Wakaf Che Yeh and Pasar Siti Khatijah (business).

One of the famous icons in Kota Bharu.

An old palace converted to museum.

The gate that had attracted my attention. A white car is seen entering the gate.

Wakaf Che Yeh night market, 5 km from the town centre sells many products from fruits and food to textile and shirts and consumer goods. It operates nightly on the road reserves in between the shops. Its patrons enjoy the bargaining and comes from many places. During the school holidays or weekend, this place receives many people.

A lane that sells bags and clothes.

The textiles of many choices are sold here.

The used shoes imported from other countries are sold here.

Next is the Pasar Siti Khatijah. It is located right in the town centre. It several wings. The ground floor has wet market and local kueh. Its upper floors sell clothes, dried food, household goods and other consumer goods. What is different from other markets, here the women are the prime sellers.

Local "kueh" that proved very sweet. It is made of flour, eggs and sugar.

Ladies are the prime mover here.

Pulut Lepa,  a grilled glutenous rice wrapped with banana leaves.

Boiled corn seeds sprinkled with grated coconut and a bit of salt and sugar can be wonderful snacks.

The business premises next to the Kelantan River. A few budget hotels are here.

Boat house.

All these places are within reach. Pasar Siti Khatijah is just near the bus station. Wakaf Che Yeh which is lively at night, is just 5km away. If you like to visit these places, you need to spend a day and a night in KB. Happy travel.

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