Kelantan - Places of Interest
Negeri Kelantan, Malaysia
Kelantan - Places of Interest Reviews
Nov 22, 2007
1. Cultural Center
Locally known as Gelanggang Seni, the cultural center is a veritable showcase of the state's rich cultural heritage. Watch an enthralling range of traditional performance such as shadow puppetry, Malay martial arts, top-spiining, giant kite flying and musical performances.
2. Handicraft Village and Craft Museum
Set within a beautiful village setting, the complex houses a craft museum, craft shops, tourism offices and a restaurant. Browse through various traditional tools and handicraft in its museum. Cultural shows and craft demonstrations are held from time to time.
3. Siti Khadijah Market
This bustling market is one of Kelantan's landmark attractions. Visitors can find everything from vegetables, local snacks to fresh tropical fruits. The colourful assemblage of goods and lively atmosphere makes it irresistible to shutterbugs. A unique feature here is that the majority of traders are women.
4. Pantai Cahaya Bulan / Beach of Moonlight
This quiet seaside town is famed for its swaying casuarinas and rustic villages. The route to the beach is dotted with vibrant and colourful cottage industries that produce batik, songket and giant kites.
Other beaches that overlook the South China Sea includes Pantai Irama, Pantai Melawi, Pantai Seri Tujuh, Pantai Tok Bali and Pantai Bisikan Bayu.
5. Bazar Buluh Kubu
This is a not-to-be-missed spot for avid shoppers and collectors. Find everything imaginable from batik, handmade shoes, miniature musical instruments, kites, bags, silverware to accessories.
The town of Rantau Panjang and Pengkalan Kubor on the border of Thailand are also for shopping with rows of stalls well-stocked with clothes, decorative items, handicraft and souvenir
6. Sites and Museums :
Museum of Royal Traditions and Customs / Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace)
War Museum / Bank Kerapu
Royal Museum / Istana Batu (Stone Palace)
Istana Balai Besar
7. Wat Photivihan Buddist Temple
This temple houses a 40m long statue of reclining Buddha, believed to be the secong longest in the world and longest in Southeast Asia.
Other ornate Buddist temples are Wat Machimmaram, boasting one of Southeast Asia's largest statue of sitting Buddha and Wat Mai Suvankhiri, featuring a huge dragonboat
Gunung Stong (height 1,433m), highlight is the spectacular Jelawang Waterfalls, acclaimed to be the highest in Southeast Asia.
Kuala Koh National Park (Gateway to Taman Negara National Park), the northern entrance to Taman Negara, Malaysia's premier national park which straddles across Kelantan and two other neighbouring states.
River rafting at Nenggiri
Caving, popular caves are Gua Ikan, Keris, Batu Susun, Pagar, Sidang and Cha.
Source : Tourism Malaysia
Part of the Malaysia - Rasa Sayang travel blog
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