Top 10 Things to do in Kota Bharu, Malaysia

January 15, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Kota Bharu (Jawi: كوت بهارو; Chinese: 哥打峇鲁; occasionally referred to as Kota Baharu) is a city in Malaysia that serves as the state capital and royal seat of Kelantan. It is also the name of the territory (jajahan) or district in which Kota Bharu City is situated. The name means 'new city' or 'new castle/fort' in Malay. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia, and lies near the mouth of the Kelantan River at 6°8′N 102°15′E / 6.133°N 102.250°E / 6.133; 102.250. The northeastern Malaysian city is close to the Thailand border.
Restaurants in Kota Bharu

1. Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah

Jalan Buluh Kubu, Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Excellent
19%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
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Poor
7%
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3.5 based on 198 reviews

Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah

Reviewed By Xine139 - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

We came here just to look for a particular brand of fish keropok but instead we found an alternative brand (equally good) and had our lunch at the food court on level 1. We later found a variety of local kuih muihs on our way out. Great place for tourists in my opinion although dark in certain areas. There were stray cats, and litter especially on the ground floor. Would be a fantastic tourist attraction if cleanliness is maintained as the locals have so much to offer.

2. Istana Jahar

Town Square | Jalan Sultan, Kota Bharu 15000, Malaysia 609 7444666
Excellent
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4 based on 60 reviews

Istana Jahar

Reviewed By GAN L

The museum features Kelantan's cultural heritage through photographs and a great variety of artefacts. We were further amazed by the intricate wood carvings lining the building. After our visit, we were impressed by the rich Kelantanese legacy.

3. Min Fireflies Garden

Min house camp, Kota Bharu, Malaysia +60 13-922 5440
Excellent
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5 based on 12 reviews

Min Fireflies Garden

Reviewed By rhonhagedorn - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is a must do! There are some trees that are FILLED with fireflies, it's like a Christmas tree in the middle of the lake! An amazing experience not to be missed.

4. Wat Mai Suwankiri

Kg. Bukit Tanah, Tumpat 16200, Malaysia +60 9-725 7673
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Wat Mai Suwankiri

Reviewed By lunarJade - Ipoh, Malaysia

IMHO, Wat Mai Suwankiri (a.k.a. the Dragon Boat Wat) is the most stunning wat in Tumpat district. You can clearly see the strong Thai influence.
The main pull factor is of course the iconic dragon boat surrounded by water which has four dragons (naga) guarding it. Don't miss the crocodiles next to it. At the entrance to the main hall, there is a big healthy fig tree laden with fruits. There is a standing Buddha statue on its roof. In the main building, there is a wax statue of Tharn Di (Monk Di) who had since passed on. Tharn Di's figure is so life-like, even up close!! I really thought I saw him blinked! This wat has the most beautiful and elaborate interior in gold and red. Murals on the walls depict Buddha's life story. Walking around its grounds ... you will come across the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin), Four-faced Buddha (Brahma) and another building where as you walk up the stairs, a glass compartment the preserved body of Tharn Di in a see-through casket will come into view.
Plan your trip to see this amazing wat with visits to the other wats in Tumpat district. You won't regret it!

Lot 1287 Min house camp | Kampung pulau, kubang kerian, Kota Bharu 16150, Malaysia +60 13-922 5440
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5 based on 6 reviews

Min Stingless Bee Farm and Gallery

We are among the earliest group in Malaysia to start about trigona bee. We run a farm and built a gallery for local and tourist to know more about stingless bee. How to breed, harvest the honey, their species and sample of bees, honey, hive from several part in the world.

Reviewed By ErfanFekri - Tehran, Iran

It is my second time to come here because I enjoyed a lot. Wan Noriah and her family make you fell at home and of course it's lots of things to do like fire flies, local foods, handicrafts, archery school, kayaking, riding motorboat along the...Morehey Erfan, thanks for willing to drop us a reviews. we try our best to serve our guest to feel comfortable likes home. thanks, take care. see you in Iran in one day.

6. Bank Kerapu

Jln Sultan Town Centre, Kota Bharu, Malaysia +60 9-748 2266
Excellent
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3.5 based on 24 reviews

Bank Kerapu

Reviewed By Ryunami - Malaysia

The former bank building houses the Kelantan's World War 1 and II memorial items. The building completed in 1912 was called 'kerapu' due to the nature of the building itself which surfaces are uneven and "mengerutu" (in Malay) because it was made by cemented little stones.
On the ground floor you get to see the items left behind by the Japanese invaders and some information about the World War related to Kelantan's government in those periods.
While on the first floor, there are items related to the people of Kelantan and their fight for freedom during the English occupation.
Perfect for those who enjoy and hard fan of historical texts. Like me ;)
The entrance fees: RM2.00.

7. Kelantan Sleeping Buddha

Kampung Jambu, Tumpat, Malaysia +60 9-719 3019
Excellent
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4 based on 16 reviews

Kelantan Sleeping Buddha

Reviewed By GAN L

Was awed by the Sleeping Buddha. Gazing at the face of the Buddha made me felt calm, serene and peaceful even though I was perspiring profusely after walking in the hot sun. This statue reminds me of the one in Kushinagar which I visited during my pilgrimage to India in 2010. However, there is a difference in the style of presentation.

8. AEON MALL Kota Bharu

Pusat Beli-Belah, Lembah Sireh, Kota Bharu 15050, Malaysia +60 1-300-80-2366
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

AEON MALL Kota Bharu

Reviewed By yangrizal - Marang, Malaysia

This shopping mall is quite large and spacious too. Need long time to walk all the shoplots inside. A lot of parking space too. Not far from Kelantan RTC (Rural Transformation Centre) and Kota Bharu TESCO.

9. Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Kota Bharu, Malaysia +60 12-741 7929
Excellent
11%
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19%
Satisfactory
51%
Poor
14%
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5%
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3 based on 111 reviews

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Reviewed By GAN L

Known too as the Beach of Passionate Love is one of the finest in Malaysia. Lovely place for the young and old, notably to lovers madly in love. Walking on the beach in the early morning or in late evening, feeling cool with the breeze blowing , listening to the waves, feeling serene and calm among tall casuarina trees, makes a refreshing, invigorating activity.

10. Handicraft Village and Craft Museum, Kelantan

Jalan Plb, Kota Bharu 15350, Malaysia +60 9-747 7554
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3 based on 61 reviews

Handicraft Village and Craft Museum, Kelantan

Reviewed By 193chuc

There are a restaurant call nasi ulam cikgu, they serve good Kelantanese traditional food such as ulam (some rare vegetables, herb and leaf) to eat with white rice and fish sauce. Their fried chicken and fish also taste good. There also a local artist provide art class, at the art class can try the simple batik drawing there.

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