Kota Bharu 4 Days 3 Nights Experience Part 2
Its November 18, and the sky is a bit gloomy over the horizon. But the tour continues as there are still many interesting places to be visited.
This is Part 2 of my Kota Bharu 4 Days 3 Night Fam Trip experience, a trip exclusively organized by Kelantan Tourism Board with the cooperation of MATTA Kelantan and AirAsia Berhad.
Local crafts, culture and the Duty Free Zone
We checked out from Hotel Perdana and go at one popular breakfast and coffee spot in town, Kopitiam Kita.
No. 4357-A, Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, Taman Desa Jaya,
15000, Kota Bharu,
Phone: 019-981 0888
Opens 7:30am to 1:00pm
This is the place where you can find a wide variety of local breakfast menu, ‘”nasi berlauk” as they said it. This place is so popular that even celebrities and well known personalities come down here for breakfast.
Kopitiam Kita is popular with this delicious Roti Titab, a thick slice of bread, prepared ‘French toast’ style and added with soft boiled egg and kaya (coconut jam) on top. You must have one if you stop by the kopitiam for breakfast.
I also took Nasi Berlauk Air Dingin, looks like a simple rice with fish, but the taste is very good.
The guy in orang shirt is Mr. Wong, the owner of Kopitiam Kita. Mr. Wong is very friendly and always seen greeting with customers in the kopitiam, a photo with him is something that I cannot miss.
If you stay a bit longer, you can actually order satay too.
After yet another great breakfast we go into the world of Wau craftmanship at Kampung Badang. What is Wau? Well Wau or Wau Bulan is an intricately designed Malaysian moon-kite each with unique floral designs, that is traditionally flown by men in the Malaysian state of Kelantan.
Believe me that this old Wau workshop is the place of the greatest Wau crafter in Kelantan, Pak Shafie, creating his masterpiece.
He has been crafting Wau for decades and some of his crafted Wau are displayed in his workshop.
Crafting a single Wau is not easy, from the bamboo frame and the intricate designs, some Wau took months to complete said Pak Shafie.
Decades of Wau craftmanship made Pak Shafie hands immune to bamboo strip and splinters, as you may know that bamboo strip can actually cut your skin if you are not careful.
Take your time to soak in the beauty of each Wau you see here, see how Pak Shafie does the layers and layers of design on the Wau with precision. This is something that won’t get to see anywhere else.
Next up, we visit the keropok maker at Keropok Cap Kapal.
Keropok Kapal Laut
Lot 343, Kampung Kedai Buloh,
Jalan Kuala Besar,
15350 Kota Bharu,
Apart from seeing how the keropok ikan and keropok lekor are processed, we enjoyed the chunky keropok lekor and keropok ikan made for us here.
Its a real miss if you don’t buy some to take home you know.
From there, we move on to Cik Minah Songket.
Cik Minah Songket
S/I-350, Kg. Penambang,
15350, Kota Bharu,
Operating hours: 8:00am to 7:00pm daily
Phone : 09-7481616 / 09-7441616
Cik Minah Songket is a renowned songket and weaving company in Kelantan taht has been around since the 1950s. The outlet sells songket in various designs, batik and other local handicrafts. Their outlet was also featured in Jaime Dempsey’s Ride and Seek which was aired in Astro’s History Channel.
You can see how the intricate songket design was made at the ground floor.
The age old songket weaving technique has been passed down for many generations, hand-woven silk fabric with shimmering metallic thread in between still gives a awe to those who have seen it close for the first time. A fine silk songket with unique design can easily reach up to Rm600 in price.
After getting in awe of Kelantan craftmanship, we headed to Cikgu Nasi Ulam Restaurant.
This is the restaurant where you can enjoy Kelantan’s kampung dishes, ulam is equivalent to western’s salad. The ulam salad is served with budu, traditionally made by mixing anchovy and salt, and also a little tempoyak durian (fermented durian).
Its a long road to our next stop, which is Rantau Panjang Free Duty Zone. From Kota Bharu, it will take you about an hour to reach Rantau Panjang.
You know you’re already near if you see this sign. Rantau Panjang is a town which is located near the Malaysia-Thailand border. For bargain hunters and shopaholics, this is a place worth going to.
I found this interesting sight and wondered what it was…
They were actually buying some Bab Ice Cream (Aiskrim Baba), some people call it Thailand Ice Cream. We decided to buy one to try out the taste of it.
Jello, nuts, corn, diced bread, and more tidbits stuffed into a tiny cup and topped with scoops of ice cream and sprinkle some chocolate rice. Interesting ice cream serving here, the taste is quite nice too, you should try one if you reach Rantau Panjang.
Before heading back to town, we stop by at Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque, or more widely known as Masjid Beijing. This mosque, situated in Rantau Panjang, combines both Chinese and Islamic in its architecture.
We checked in to another hotel to stay for the night, Renaissance Hotel.
We had our hi-tea here, and witness a great cultural performance from JKKN Kelantan.
After a good rest and refresh, we head out to Captain-T Restaurant for dinner.
PT 247, Jalan Jambatan Sultan Yahya Petra, Seksyen 17,
15050, Kota Bharu
Opening Hours: 4:00pm to 12:00pm
Phone: +6016 203 5763/+6016 412 5763
You see that right, that is the restaurant which modelled like a ship, just at the banks of Kelantan River. We get ourselves a seafood steamboat for dinner. The place is air conditioned and the staff are quick to respond to customer needs.
After our dinner, we head on to Cultural Centre to see Dikir Barat show. You can view more information about the cultural centre here, www.tic.kelantan.gov.my
We had our chance to join in the Dikir Barat group to experience the fun of performing it. Its a new experience for me and the rest of the group.
Pasar Siti Kadijah and the road home
November 19, its the last day for us here in Kota Bharu, but we have one more stop before going to the airport, Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah (Siti Khadijah Market). It was raining that morning, but that doesn’t stop me from going out and have a look inside the market.
This is a market where you can find fresh good like seafood, poultry, vegetables and wide variety of fruits being sold. I love the centre dome design where the sunlight gives good lighting inside the market. I stood at the top floor and check out the scenery, so lively with people selling and buying.
After the short visit, we then head to the airport. Feels like its just yesterday arriving here in Kota Bharu, I got to experience many things and learned a bit of ‘kecek Kelate’ along the way. One day I should come back to visit more interesting places here in Kelantan.
Again , I would like to say thank you to AirAsia, AirAsia Bloggers Community for the opportunity, Kelantan Tourism and all other who are involved since Day 1 to ensure our visit memorable and enjoyable.
Until we meet again someday. 🙂