When in Kelantan

I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur and my hometown, where my grandma and my uncles and aunts and cousins are, is in Kelantan. When I was younger, I visit Kelantan annually or twice a year. When my mother started to build the family’s beach resort in Kandis, Kelantan, we visited as often as once a month. After the first 20 rooms were completed, they started operating by the year 2007. Shortly after the opening, I headed to the UK to get my Electrical & Electronic Engineering Degree. I studied in Swansea University. It was such a wonderful and memorable experience. I graduated by the year 2011, I was 21 years old, I graduated with an Honours Degree. Right after i finished my final paper, my mom gave me call and asked me to come back to Kelantan and work as her resort’s General Manager. Long story short, I had to change my life completely and become a fulltime ‘mek kelate’ (Kelantanese girl).

So within the years of staying, living and working here. I had to look for some good things to do here. Honestly, there is quality of life here compared to living in the city. The pace is slower, air is somewhat better (well when you’re out of the city that is), and people actually mind their own business.

Things people do when they come over to Kelantan:

Shopping:

  • Search for handmade cheap batik.
    • There are 2 places to look for them
      • Pasar Siti Khadijah
      • Jalan Wakaf Che Yeh (Che Minah Songket)
  • Search for herbs and “serunding”
    • Only one place I know that sells these, Pasar Siti Khadijah
    • You can get things like “Kuzi”, Serunding (Beef, chicken or fish Floss) there.
  • Buy silver at Pasar Siti Khadijah
  • Buy Gold at Pasar Siti Khadijah area. (There are many gold shops through out Kelantan but there are many shops around the outside of Pasar Siti Khadijah)
  • Check out Wakaf Che Yeh night market. There are alot of things sold here although most of them are repetitive throughout the market it’s nice to get the vibe of the market.

Food:

  • Eat Kelantanese cuisine.
    • Nasi Kerabu
    • Nasi Dagang
    • Nasi berlauk
    • Laksa / laksam kelantan
    • Nasi Tumpang
    • Interesting desserts
      • Akok
      • Tepung boko
      • Ketupat sotong
      • so much more..
  • Good coffee?
    • At The Bold Lab (Also great food, don’t forget to try the Salted egg chicken sammich or if you’re feeling adventurous, the burger ulam with budu)
  • Good pizza?
    • Pizzeria Traudi plus awesome western cooking such as pastas and steak.
  • Good kebab?
    • Just Doner
  • Good breakfast vibe and food?
    • Kopitiam Kita : Roti titab is the popular choice but they also have a great selection of best rice from each disctrict.
    • The only place i can find nasi kapit sambal ikan. My childhool favourite.
  • Something famous?
    • Warung Pak Mat Pulau Pisang: famous teh tarik madu and fish head soup.

Activities & Sightseeings

  • Twin Dragon Temple
  • Largest reclining Budha, Tumpat
  • Jubli Perak Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque (Masjid Beijing)
  • Hike Bukit Keluang, Terengganu
  • Head to Lata Tembakah Waterfall, Terengganu
  • Head to La Hot Springs, Terengganu
  • Day Trip to Perhentian Island, Terengganu (snorkeling and kayaking)
  • Day Trip to Sungai Kolok, Thailand (for massage, shopping, and good food)
  • Horseriding by the beach at Villa Danialla Beach Resort
  • Fly a kite by the beach in Bachok.

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Lata Tembakah Waterfall

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Bukit Keluang

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Horseriding by the beach at Villa Danialla Beach Resort

(RM30 for 30 minutes)

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Delicious spaghetti bolognese at Pizzeria Traudi.

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Amazing affogato at The Bold Lab

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