Tanah Merah District is a red land or laterite land and a colony district in the state of Kelantan in northeast Malaysia. It is bordered by Pasir Mas District in the north, Machang District to the East, Kuala Krai District to the South East, Jeli District to the South West and Thailand in the West of Malaysia. According to the Malay History, Tanah Merah was the capital of the old Malay kingdom of the Kingdom of Chih Tu. The records of the Chinese Government of the Sui Dynasty in the 7th century showed there was a Government-centric settlement and government known as Chih Tu (Bumi Merah) in an area which today is known as Kelantan.
The total population in 2010 was about 117,338, the majority being Malays, with a small Chinese and Indian population. Immigrants, mostly from neighbouring Thailand, also make up a part of the population.Most of the population be distributed among various villages (or "kampung" in Malay) and suburb areas, while only a small proportion is located in the town. Tanah Merah used to be a small town, but has seen major changes in the last decade when the younger generation started to migrate to cities along the Malaysian west coast for jobs with higher pay.
From Kuala Lumpur international Airport, it will take around 55 minutes to Kota Bharu Airport, Kelantan. After that, you can take a taxi or rent a car to Tanah Merah which take another 1 hour 20 minutes using Jalan Pasir Mas/ Tanah merah route.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, it usually takes around 6 hours and 10 minutes to Tanah Merah, Kelantan by using Kuala Lumpur highway and Gua Musang route. Highway 4 is the main highway serving the constituency whereas Highway 129 is a shortcut to Pasir Mas.
KTM Intercity has a station in Tanah Merah town for people who travelled from other places.
This handicraft centre served the people around Tanah Merah on the importance of handicraft heritage. This place facilitated from different regions, religious societies and underprivileged community people. Besides that, this centre also gives a workshop on handicraft and batik lessons. On top of that, it also specialized dealing with a wide range of metal crafts, statues and souvenirs.
The Guillemard Bridge is located over the Kusial River is also known as Kusial Bridge. It was constructed in 1920 by The Metro Carriage Wagon & Finance Company Limited, Wednesbury Works, England and was completed in 1924 officiated by Sultan Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV. During the Second World War (1941-1945), the bridge were severely damaged and thus re-built in 1948. It was officiated for the second time by Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV, the Sultan of Kelantan on the 7th September 1948. It connects Paloh Rawa in Machang to Kursial in Tanah Merah crossing the murky Kelantan River and the bridge is still in use acting as a vital link for the East Coast Train Line (KTMB) from Gemas to Tumpat. In December 1941, at the start of the World War II in Malaya, the British forces retreating south to Kuala Krai, destroyed the last span of the bridge to prevent the Japanese army advancing. It remained impassable to traffic until it was reconstructed and reopened to traffic on Sept 7, 1948. Today, this railway bridge is used only for trains, and makes up part of the 'jungle railway' line that runs from Tumpat in the north, to Gemas in the south (in Negeri Sembilan).The Guillemard Bridge was also claimed as the Longest Railway Bridge in Malaysia.
Humaira Hotel is a 3-star hotel situated at Tanah Merah. The hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations as it is located at the town. It offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. The hotel features 93 guest rooms include air conditioning, heating, wake-up service, desk, television.