Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)

address: Jalan Buluh Kubu, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah), very colourful dry and wet market in the city center
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center

The three photos below of Malay woman at working at the central market are courtesy of Matt Hahnewald from his fascinating photo blog "Facing the World".

malay market woman
woman at a market stall 
photo: Matt Hahnewald  "Facing the World"


market woman
woman at a market stall 
photo: Matt Hahnewald  "Facing the World"


market woman
woman at a market stall 
photo: Matt Hahnewald  "Facing the World"

fruits and vegetable stalls
Market Women
the sales business in clearly in the hands of women here


keropok and vegetables
Keropok and Vegetables
the market is a feast for the eyes and senses


from above
stall from above
the multi-storey market offers interesting views

 



Hotels in in Kota Bharu
HOSTELS
in Kota Bharu
Zeck’s Traveller’s Inn
Homestay-like hostel in a residential area close to the city center. It is almost like staying with a malay family. Zeck and his family are lovely hosts and run the place for over 20 years already.
Things to do & see
Historical Quarters
part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office ... more
Wats around Kota Bharu
There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north ... more
Things to do & see
Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
highest mountain in the Cameron Highlands, accessible with 4-wheel drive on the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia ... more

Beserah Fishing Village, Kuantan
Fishing Village located about 8km north of Kuantan facing the South China Sea. It is famous for handicrafts made of shells and coconuts and seafood and its peaceful charm of the old times. ... more