Faces of
Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Historical Quarters

address: around Padang Besar, city centre Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Historical Quarters, part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office
part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office

the following places are are all within a few walking minutes:

The Grand Palace
Istana Balai Besar was built in 1844 from cengal timber.

Handicraft Museum

Muhammadi Mosque
The mosque was built in 1867 from premium wood and was transformed to the present concrete building in 1922 with extentions made in 1959, 1968, 1976 and 1987. It can accommodate 240 devotees.

Islamic Museum
The first floor of the building is used as an Islamic library while the ground floor is used as an exhibition hall and an Islamic museum.

War Museum
entry: RM2 (locals RM1), opened Sat-Thur 8.30am - 4.45pm
Tel: 609-7482266
about the events of the 2nd World War. It was near Kota Bahru when the japanese troops first landed on the soil of Malaya to start the occupation in 1941

Royal Customs & Ceremonies Museum
Tel: 609-7482266
entry: RM3 (locals RM1.50), Sat-Thur 8.30 - 4.45pm



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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
Wats around Kota Bharu
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Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center ... more
Things to do & see
Pasar Tani Mega, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur
Large weekend neighborhood market selling everything you need for the Malaysian kitchen fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and snacks ... more

Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh
The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated. ... more