Blogs from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu May 12th 2018

Dnes som potiahol az do 9.00. Po rovnakych ranajkach ako vcera smer lodka na druhy breh rieky. Pridem si teda k hotelu ridel odkial chodia lodky. Recepcny vravel, ze mam ist rano, no co je to rano, vsak. Dosol som tam asi nieco po 10.30. Cakal som zhruba dve hodiny, no nic nedoslo. Tak som sa na to vyprdol a aspon po takomto relaxe nazad do mesta. Na zemi som videl noviny a tam policajti v uliciach v jakarte. Valka ma teda obisla. Zastavujem sa na jedlo, na pitie si objednavam ladovy caj (es tee). Na moje prekvapko mi donisli teply hnedy caj s mlikom. Chut fajn, si spominam, ze mi v minulosti chutil ale kurva venku cez sto stupnov a ja pijem teply caj. Jedlo chutovo ok, len uplne mala podkovicka ryby. Z jedla smer ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu May 11th 2018

Poradne konecne vyspaty vo fajn posteli. Na ranajky hrianky, dal som si 4ks s fajn jahodovym dzemom. Len bol problem spustit hriankovac. Zastrcky tu maju totiz vypinac a na to som zabudol, tak volam staff. On len prepol vypinac a uz to ficalo. Ou zrejme dobra sprava ohladne korei. Udajne tam ma ist v auguste na dovolenku pan generalny riaditel s manzelkou. Dufam, ze v mojom termine. By to bolo super aspon by mi donisli neaky matros (horalky, parenicu a stare tricka) a ja by som nieco poslal domov (magnetky a biely prasok). Z ubytka prieskum mestecka. Prva vec na zozname, stadion. Oj na hlavnej som objavil indicku restiku Shan Sri Dewi Restaurant Sdn. Bhd. Uz sa tesim na roti. Vodici oproti indonezii su tu uplne spomaleny. Kazdy ma pustal cez cestu, ziadne trubenie alebo nebezpecne ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu August 28th 2016

Geo: 6.12, 102.24Breakfast was amazing - a lot of everything, but Jean mostly enjoyed roti canai. Why not?Our tour guide was here at 10:30 on the dot, and off we went, stopping first at a master kite maker - intricate layering of tiny bits of colored paper; batik by stamping method; a puppet maker (the shadow plays, which came to Malaysia via Thailand from cambodia from Java); a very ornate Buddhist temple built by the King of Thailand (Siam then) in the 1880s; and a traditional fishing village.We were tired, but went off to find some artisans and shops after we returned at 2.Having the GPS on my phone worked very well for walking too!We even visited a Tesco's, which is always fun to compare cultures and foods.Then off to find the site where the Japanese ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu August 27th 2016

Geo: 6.12, 102.24This covers our first adventures in Kota Bharu, often referred to as the most Malay area of Malaysia.We sadly bid adieu to our lovely island of Pulau Lang Tengah, found the car as we left in in the parking lot on the jetty, and headed north. Most of the drive was NOT in view of the ocean, as we had naively assumed, but we did stop and take photos of PLT along a lovely stretch of beach and park - and then we heard tinkling bells.... Yes, an ice cream man!! coming down our little road on a motorcycle. The 3 little helpings of different ice creams were served in a bun! Not bad. We arrived in Kota Bharu and found our hotel to be very fancy: doormen everywhere wearing traditional Malay formal cloths ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu July 7th 2015

It was October of 2013. I visited my brother in Singapore. After several days I decided that from Singapore, I would be going to some place in Malaysia other than Kuala Lumpur, the search engine showed Kota Bahru instead of my input of Kuala Bera and it turns out that it was Lake Bera that I have read in a brochure years back where there is an elephant sanctuary. I just confirmed it when I compared the state maps of Kelantan, Pahang and Terangganu. So I booked my hostel finding the cheapest and easiest to find from Tuesday to Friday planning that from Kota Bahru I can go and enjoy the Perhentian Islands beach or go to Vientiane, Laos thinking that the Laos boarder is just a distance away from the Malaysia-Thailand boarder. During my tour ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu July 14th 2014

The taxi ride from Kuala Basut in a 'vintage' Mercedes was pretty much like all the taxis we've taken on our travels in the past: Dean sits in the front passenger seat trying to converse with the driver and Eleanor and I sit in the back rolling our eyes and guffawing at Dean's inability to understand what the driver is saying and the driver's inability to comprehend Dean's colloquialisms. Upon starting the engine, I had my doubts that it could make it out of the street, let alone to Kota Bharu. But we chugged along at a leisurely pace; not too much tooting and passing (which is unusual for a taxi ride in Asia). The 'Nastie Hair and Beauty Parlour' caught my eye but it was a massive Buddha statue that we actually took a detour ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu June 30th 2014

We're back! Flew out of Melbourne in the early hours of a freezing Winter's night to the tropical (read sweaty) heat of these eastern isles a few days ago. The Air Asia flight was fairly smooth but I wish we had prebooked two comfort kits because the plane 's aircon was set to a temperature more suited to its destination. The passengers around me were buckled in but little did they know that the 'turbulence' was actually me shaking from frostbite. Arriving at the new KLIA 2 terminal we walked a few kilometres to Immigration and the baggage carousel and it was only then that my attire of three quarter length pants and t-shirt was appropriate for the climate. We wandered around for a couple of hours (nothing really to see), had a bite to eat ... read more
Getting closer to the big island
On the way!

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu April 7th 2014

HE SAID... We woke early at 6am, as we were leaving Perhentian Besar Island at 8am for Kota Bharu. We headed over to the open breakfast area at 7am and had coffee, juice, cornflakes and chicken–less nasi lemak(i.e. rice with just the fiery sambal sauce, nuts, fried anchovies and hard boiled eggs). It was an incredibly calm morning, and we just sat at a table on the edge of the beach, sipped our coffee and gazed out over the tranquil bay of Teluk Dalam one last time. The tide was out and the sun was rising. We boarded our small open boat at 8.30am (after waiting for the tide to rise) and then sped across the South China Sea towards Kuala Besut on mainland Malaysia. We arrived at 9am after a bumpy but enjoyable ride, and ... read more
central market
central market
central market

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu September 4th 2013

Tuesday 3rd Our emergency hotel was not the best we've had. Clean-ish and hot water but the decor is best forgotten. But it included breakfast and all for £9 a night. We spent most of the morning getting to know the kids park better, hard as we already new every swing and roundabout. After picking up some supplies we wandered up to the train station about an hour early, there was no way we were going to miss it ! The train trundled in and on first inspection we thought it had been vandalised on its way from Singapore. The seats had seen there best days and the air con vents were hanging down. After we stored our bags we found a 90 year old local in our seats, he didn't understand the numbers but soon ... read more
Waiting for the train
Those coconut drummers
Not so spinning tops !

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu May 16th 2013

This was not a good sign of things to come! We spent over an hour driving in circles, trying to find the east coast highway leading out of Butterworth, wishing we had hired a sat-nav. However once on the right road it was a great feeling to be able to travel at our own pace, stopping or diverting whenever we felt like it. The drive from Penang to Kota Bharu on the east coast was long and windy but ran over the mountains and through endless miles of high level rainforest and patches of mist. Having taken many a wrong road we eventually arrived at Homestay Pasir Belanda at dusk. Pasir Belanda is managed by a dutch couple in the grounds of a property built by an English merchant officer in 1912, in a small kampung ... read more
'wet' market in Kota Bahru
Lake Kenyir
sunset over Lake Kenyir

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