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.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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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

map and location of Historical Quarters



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
Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center ... 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
Jungle Trekking, Fraser's Hill
There are 8 marked hiking trails available at Fraser's Hill ... more

National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur
The National Planetarium is a space science exhibition with a telescope and observation tower in the Lake Gardens. ... more