Faces of
Malaysia
Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Pulau Lang Tengah

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 3 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

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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

map and location of Wats around Kota Bharu

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
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
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
The KL City gallery, located in a historical building from 1899 at Merdeka Square, is a free information centre of the history, present and future of Kuala Lumpur including the ARCH work and gift shop. You can also rent bicycles from here. ... 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