Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan and located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Historically, Kota Bharu was founded during the late 19th century and it was a home to Kelantan's Royal Palace then was established by Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan in 1844. It was known as Kuala Kelantan. During the 19th century, Kelantan was a prosperous and populous state which holds a population of around 30,000 to 50,000 people including Chinese. The vast majority of Kota Bharu's population is ethnically Kelantanese Malay which have distinct language and culture compared to other parts of Malaysia. Besides Malay and Chinese, there are also minority Tamil, Siamese and Orang Asli that resides in the city. The total population of Kota Bharu as at 2010 is 491,237. Other than that, among the productions from the state are gold, tin ore, black pepper, areca nut, rice, rattan, bamboo, agarwood and songket.
From Kuala Lumpur, you can drive through Kuala Lumpur or Gua Musang highway to Kota Bharu city centre which will take around 6 hours and 30 minutes. There is an alternative road which is to take the North South highway and this road consume a longer time for another 30 minutes.
Besides that, you can fly to Kota Bharu Airport for around 50 minutes and take taxi or rent a car to Kota Bharu city centre for another 20 minutes using Pengkalan Chepa road.
This beach got its name from the gently hushing sound of the sea breeze and known to be the most beautiful beach in Kelantan. The beauty of the beach comes from its clear blue water and also to the facilities available for visitors. Apart from basic facilities like motels, public toilets and restaurants, there are also water sports, boat for hire and barbeque facilities to make your visit more interesting. This beach has become popular among local and international tourists for its beauty and its strategic place for hang out with family and friends.
Siti Khadijah Market or Pasar besar Siti Khadijah is the biggest local wet market in Kelantan. Its name is taken after Prophet Muhammad's wife, whom is known for her entrepreneurial skill which shows this market is mostly run by women. Many fresh produce available here such as seafood, vegetables and wide variety of fruits and you can also find ready-to eat food like 'ayam percik', nasi ulam and a variety of noodle soups, all unique in flavors and taste of Kelantan. There are also desserts like 'kuih muih' ,tempeh and hot milk tea, which is the staple drink for Kelantanese.
Situated along Jalan Mahmood, the hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium and the Cultural Centre, this hotel offers a selection of top-class facilities such as 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, convenience store and daily housekeeping. There are around 272 rooms with television LCD/plasma screen, free internet access, non- smoking rooms, and ironing facilities as well as electric kettle and minibar. The en suite bathroom also comes with a bathtub, bidet, hot shower and free toiletries. Besides that, Perdana Hotel Kota Bharu has a business centre and offers meeting/banqueting facilities upon request. The in-house Cerena Coffee House serves Halal-certified local and international dishes and a tasty selection of Chinese and Thai cuisine is offered for lunch and dinner at the Jade Restaurant.
Offering a business quality hotel, Sutera Inn Prima Kota Bharu features modern and elegantly designed room with complete amenities. There is morning meal and guests can make sightseeing and travel arrangements at the tour desk, while laundry, car rental and shuttle services are available at additional charges. There is Tenun Coffee House which serves an array of Malaysian and International cuisine and it opens daily from 7.00am until 12.00 midnight.
The hotel features modern guestrooms that are equipped with television with cable channels and a private bathroom with bath and shower facilities as well as in-room dining available round-the-clock.. The hotel is also fitted with the largest ballroom in the city that acts as conventions, exhibitions, and business meetings. Centrally located in Kota Bharu, it houses 3 dining options, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool. D brasserie restaurant serves a wide selection of Western and local specialities, while Chao Yuan Restaurant offers Chinese dishes from the Szechuan and Canton provinces as well as cocktails are available at The View.
Dynasty Inn is located in Kota Bharu Town and within a 15-minute walk from shopping and dining spots. Sultan Ismail Petra Airport is only 8 kilometres away and it provides airport transfer services. Every room is designed uniquely and comes with air-conditioner, flat-screen cable TV, a seating area, a work desk and a phone. There are also services such as hairdryer and ironing facilities, car rental facilities and massages services. Meals also can be enjoyed at the hotel restaurant or in the privacy of guest’s rooms.
The hotel is nearby to main tourist attractions such as the Batik/Songket Center, Siti Khadijah Central Market, and entertaining night markets. Only 15-minute drive from Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Mutiara Penthouse Hotel features rooms with free Wi-Fi and a cable TV equipped with a minibar and tea/coffee maker. Guests of Mutiara Penthouse hotel also can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, a 24-hour front desk, and Wi-Fi in public areas. Other than that, the hotel offers an outdoor pool and 24-hour front desk as well as luggage storage and laundry facilities are also available in the hotel.