Kelantan the Arabic honorific of the state is Darul Naim, (The Blissful Abode) is positioned in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia. Kota Bharu is where the capital is and royalty based.
Kelantan is bordered by Narathiwat Province of Thailand to the north, Terengganu to the south-east, Perak to the west, and Pahang to the south.
Kelantan is also a farming state with lush paddy fields, casuarina-lined beaches and rustic fishing villages. Not only that, Kelantan also houses some of the most ancient archaeological discoveries in Malaysia such as the prehistoric aboriginal settlements.
Kelantan is also known as the base of Malay culture due to its diversified cultural activities practised by Kelantanese. Dikir Barat, Wayang Kulit Kelantan, Wayang Kulit Melayu, Mak Yong, Menora, Main Puteri, Wau Bulan (kite-flying), Gasing (top-spinning), Silat, bird-singing competition and handicrafts are some of those popular cultural activities that arised from Kelantan.
From here also come the handicraft products such as songket, batik, silverware and mengkuang.
Destinations in Kelantan
- Stong Hill – One of Kelantan’s highland destinations. And through Jelawang Falls, one can get to see the beautiful sunrise and eco-tourism.
- Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach) – One of Kelantan’s popular beaches
- Lata Rek – Famous water rapid and waterfall.
- Central Market (Pasar Siti Khadijah) – The biggest market in Kelantan.
- Handicraft Village and Craft Museum – Also known as ‘Balai Getam Guri’, the museum is located in the heart of Kota Bharu’s cultural zone.
Travel by bus
The main express bus terminal in Kelantan is Kota Bharu Express Bus Terminal. There are also other bus terminals such asRantau Panjang Express Bus Terminal, Kuala Krai Express Bus Terminal, Gua Musang Express Bus Terminal, Tumpat Express Bus Terminal and Pasir Mas Express Bus Terminal.
To/from other parts of Malaysia: Kota Bharu with Penang via the East-West Highway, and the other East Coast towns of Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan are connected through the long distance express buses.
There is also a local bus that runs twice daily between Gua Musang in Kelantan and Kuala Lipis in Pahang where there are networks to Jerantut for Taman Negara National Park. Buses leave Gua Musang at 1030 and 1530 and from Kuala Lipis at 0800 and 1300. Local buses also run from Pasir Puteh in the eastern part of the state to Jertih and Kuala Besut (for boats to the Perhentian Islands), which lie just inside Terengganu.
To/from Thailand: There are no direct bus services to Thailand. So the only option is just to take a local bus to Rantau Panjang, and cross the border to Sungai Kolok where there are bus connections to destinations in Thailand.
Plusliner, Nice, Transnasional are a few of the major coach operaters that provides bus services to Kelantan.
Travel by bus
Syarikat Kenderaan Melayu Kelantan (SKMK), a subsidiary of the Transnasional Group handles all the bus transport in this state as the local buses link Kota Bharu with all main towns in Kelantan.