Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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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

 

map and location of Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)



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
Juara Bay, Tioman
bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island. ... more

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc. ... more