The Sultan Ismail Petra Airport is a regional airport in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. Named after the 13th Sultan of Kelantan, Ismail Petra, the airport offers mostly domestic flights, with Singapore being its only international destination.
There are two ways you can get from the airport to the city centre: taxi and the City-Liner bus. The taxi will connect you directly to your destination while the City-Liner bus will get you to the local bus station in the city centre. Similarly, these are the two modes of transport you can choose to utilize to get around within the city. Otherwise, you can arrange for a pick-up service with your hotel.
As Kota Bahru is a relatively small and sleepy city, there aren’t towering landmarks or glittering shop facades to look forward to. However, it is home to numerous historic buildings, mosques and various museums. Royal establishments that are open to the public include the Istana Jahar, built in 1855 as a royal residence for Long Kundur, the grandson of Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan. Today, the palace houses the Museum of Royal Traditions and Customs of Kelantan. Not only does the museum display royal artefacts and traditional handicraft, but it also provides a fascinating insight into the customs and ceremonies of the Kelantan royal household.
If you’re interested in Kelantan handicraft, head to the Handicraft Village and Craft Museum, locally known as Balai Getam Guri. There is an array of Kelantanese crafts displayed in the museum, including traditional embroidery, batik, and silverware. Plus, visitors are given the opportunity to witness and learn how to make these traditional handicrafts thanks to regular demonstrations of traditional embroidery, songket weaving and batik drawing by the village’s artists.
After that, you can drop by Siti Khadijah Central Market, a local wet market famous for its variety of fresh produce and eateries. Fruits, seafood, poultry, local desserts, dried goods, herbs and spices¾ the atmospheric central market is undoubtedly a feast for the senses. Don’t forget to try nasi dagang, a well-loved local dish, when you’re at the market!
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