Kelantan is a rural state in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia. The name ‘Kelantan’ means ‘Land of Lightning’ evident by the many thunderstorms that rock the state each year. Kelantan is as known the ‘cradle of malay culture’ because of overwhelming population of Malays and the rest made up with Chinese, Indians and Thai. For year and year Kelantabnese has preserved their custom, tradition and cultures. Some of their iconic activities are flying giant ‘Wau’ kites and playing a game of spinning top(gasing).
Kota Bharu, the riverside capital, is home to royal palaces like the wooden Istana Jahar. Sultan Ismail Petra Arch is an ornate timber structure with Islamic inscriptions. The central market, Pasar Siti Khadijah, is crowned by a glass dome. Balai Getam Guri village is known for its handicrafts, including silverware, batik and embroidery.
While the economy of Kelantan is based on agriculture such as rice, rubber and tobacco, the state is much more famous for their Malay handicrafts which include ‘Batik’, a silky garment woven with intricate patterns, ‘kain songket’, a cloth made from gold and silver thread, mats, silverware, paintings and wood carvings.
Here, we will show you the must-see destinations and must-do activities that will thrill you for sure. With so many places to go, a trip to Kelantan may seem overwhelming. But to help, we’ve rounded up the best attractions that’ll guide you in and around this amazing city.