A City of Contrasts and Diversity

elantan's landscape is a charming blend of quaint villages, small towns and riverine settlements located on the north-east side of the peninsular which is a way point between Thailand and Pulau Perhentian. The state is also known as the 'Cradle of Malay Culture' as traditions such as kite flying, wayang kulit, songket weaving and batik design are kept alive. Experience Kelantan's distinctive blend of Chinese, Indian, Thai and Malay cultures when you visit the bucolic villages and beautiful offshore island. Kelantan is a city where you can find the vitality of its culture and its remote, unsullied beauty.

"Kelantan or the 'Land of Lightning' is an agrarian state with lush paddy fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarina-lined beaches. Home to some of the most ancient archaeological discoveries in Malaysia, don't miss out on some of the amazing sights at Kelantan."


Batik weaving in Kelantan

Kelantan is famous for its textile art; batik and songket. Popular motifs for batik are leaves and flowers with occasional butterfly and geometrical designs. The method of creating intricate batik patterns which rely on brush painting is called 'canting'. The Malaysian government is now endorsing Malaysian batik as a national dress to every level of the general population, by having local designers to create new batik designs that reflects Malaysian culture. On the other hand, songket is a fabric that belongs to the brocade family of textiles. The cloth is hand-woven in silk or cotton with intricate gold and silver threads. What makes songket special is the metallic threads that stands out against the background cloth, creating a mesmerizing shimmering effect.
Shadow Puppet, Kelantan
Kelantan is known as the cradle of Malay culture based on the diverse cultural activities practiced by the locals. Carefully preserving the customs, cultural practices that are famous among the locals include dikir barat (musical form), wayang kulit (shadow play), mak yong (traditional dance), wau bulan (kite-flying), gasing (top-spinning) and silat (martial arts). Renowned for their warmth and hospitality, you will be captivated by the fascinating cultural activities happening on their splendor beaches that will leave you wanting to visit Kelantan again.

No visit is complete without a trip to one of its many fishing villages that form the soul of Malaysia's East Coast, Kelantan. One of the best known of these fishing villages is at Sabak Beach, only 14 km from the capital city, Kota Bharu. Capture the moment when local fishermen return from the sea in the late afternoon in their colourful boats laden with the day's catch or a noisy yet interesting time of haggling ensues between the fisherman and their customers on the beach. Other activities that you can witness at the village include drying of seafood to make salted fish, shrimp paste and budu (fermented fish sauce) and mending of fish nets.
Sabak beach, Kelantan