Faces of
Malaysia
Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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.

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Wats around Kota Bharu

address: in Tumpat, between Kota Bharu and the Thai border, Kelantan, Malaysia
Wats around Kota Bharu, There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north
Wat Photovihan
There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north

Kelantan (as well as Kedah and Terengganu)  was under Siamese control until the late 19th century. Therefore it was it wasn’t effected by structural and immigration policies of the british in the 19th century. Thus, the northern states retained their traditional Malay culture. However, the long Siamese control and the approximity to Thailand also results in thai buddhist culture leaving a mark in northern Kelatan.
Here are some of serveral temples in the area:

Wat Photovihan (Reclining buddha)
The temple is located in Kampung Jambu in Tumpat, and is near the border with Thailand (see the map on the right)

What Phothivivihan is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kelantan. It contains the biggest statue of the Reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia. The statue - which measures 40 metres long, 11 metres high and nine metres wide - was completed in 1979. The funds came from public donations and the Buddhist Association of Malaysia and Thailand.

Wat Matchimmaram (big sitting buddha)
Lot No 2367, Kampung Jong Bakar, Jalan Penkalang Kubur, Tumpat, 16200 Kelantan Darulnaim, Malaysia

Phikulyai Buddhist Temple
just across the road from Wat Matchimmaram



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
There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north ... more
Historical Quarters
part of the city center with lots of museums, the Grand Palace, the Muhammadi Mosque and the tourist office ... more
Things to do & see
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
The oldest museum (dating back to 1849) in Singapore exhibiting the history of Singapore, it was revamped and modernized between 2003 and 2006 ... more

Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park. ... more