Kelantan Darul Naim

Siti Khadijah Market, Kota Bharu, Kelantan Siti Khadijah Market, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Kelantan is positioned in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia. It is bordered by Narathiwat Province of Thailand to the north, Terengganu to the south-east, Perak to the west, and Pahang to the south. To the north-east of Kelantan is the South China Sea. Kelantan is an agrarian state with lush paddy fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarina-lined beaches. Kelantan is home to some of the most ancient archaeological discoveries in Malaysia, including several prehistoric aboriginal settlements.

Culture & Heritage

Kelantan is known as the cradle of Malay culture based on the diverse cultural activities practised by Kelantanese. Among the popular cultural practices are Dikir Barat, Wayang Kulit Kelantan, Wayang Kulit Melayu, Mak Yong, Menora, Main Puteri, Wau Bulan (kite-flying), Gasing (top-spinning), Silat, bird-singing competition and handicrafts.


Handicraft Village and Craft Museum, also known as "Balai Getam Guri" has many fine examples of Kelantanese craftsmanship. Visit Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of Whispering Breeze), is just a scenic 50km drive south of Kota Bharu, Kelantan's capital. Around the village of Semerak, gentle breezes rustle the casuarina trees lining the beach producing a hushed sound that, locals say, sounds like a soothing whisper.

Food & Drink

Kelantanese cuisine has several specialties rarely seen elsewhere in Malaysia, and most Kelantanese people are very serious about their food. The dominant themes are the heavy use of kerabu, a catch-all term covering various herbs and vegetables and often served as an accompaniment to dishes, and the multiple uses found for coconut, which can be found in almost every dish. Popular desserts and snacks include akok (steamed egg-based mini cakes), bahulu (cakes), "serimuka" (a steamed dessert made from two layers of glutinous rice and pandan-flavored egg custard) and keropok ikan (fish cracker). Simply walk around the food section in Siti Khadijah Market and you will feast your eyes on various colorful sweet treats.


Kelantan is famous for its Malay arts and handicrafts (mainly batik). The state's most instantly recognizable symbol is the wau bulan ("moon kite"), which has been adopted by Malaysian Airlines as its logo. Siti Khadijah Market has something for everyone, from fresh produce to traditional crafts and cakes. It is also a slice of life in Kelantan, abuzz with colour, scents and sounds of the local community. There are lots of things to buy such as Songket (Silk cloth woven with gold or silver threads), Keropok (fish crackers are available in raw or ready to eat packaging), Woodcarving and many more.

Kelantan Facts:

  • Population - 1,459,994
  • Main airport - Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (domestic flight)
  • Capital city - Kota Bharu
  • Famous local - Zang Toi
  • Main towns/cities - Rantau Panjang, Kubang Kerian
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