Touted as the Malay heartlands in Malaysia, there are many things that can be done here. If you are asking “What can I do in Kota Bharu?”, we are giving you five!

Kota Bharu is the capital city of Kelantan, a state on the east coast of Malaysia. Kelantan is famous for its unique dialect, incomprehensible to most Malaysians as well as traditional lifestyle and great food. Previously, we have written about Top Things to Eat in Kota Bharu. We have also disclosed our 4 Reasons Why We Hate Kota Bharu. However, at times, there will be some of us who still want to know, “What can I do in Kota Bharu?“. So, this is our 5 list of things to do when you are visiting Kota Bharu.

1. Visit Pantai Cahaya Bulan (PCB)

What can I do in Kota Bharu: Visit PCB!
Young people hanging out at PCB

PCB is the most famous recreational beach in Kota Bharu. Its former name was Pantai Cinta Berahi (Beach of Passionate Love) before it is changed to Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Beach of Moonlight). Here, you can grab some food from the lines of food stalls available. You can also fly a kite there or else, you can just sit down and watch as the sun goes down.

2. Eat “celup tepung” and other food

Eat some celup tepung!
Sausages and meat balls deep fried in tempura-like batter

While you are at PCB, you can also treat your hunger by visiting the various food stalls available near the beach. The most famous food at PCB area is the “celup tepung” where seafoods, fishballs and sausages are deep-fried in tempura-like batter. You can also savour on some crab noodles or some spicy tom yam. Be warned though, since this place is famous with tourists, the prices are a bit on the higher side.

3. “What can I do in Kota Bharu?”: Buy some batik kaftans

Buy kaftans!
Beautiful kaftans in a boutique at Kota Bharu

As the heartland for Malay culture and traditions, Kota Bharu is also thriving with arts and heritage. When visiting the city, you can definitely support the locals by buying some batik kaftans! Prices range between RM 10 for each kaftan to the hundreds. The difference lies on whether the kaftans were stamped printed or hand-drawn. The quality of the fabrics also determined the prices. But here, they surely have some nice and eye-catching kaftans.

4. Eat at Siam!

What can I do in Kota Bharu? - eat!
The so-called crying tiger meat

Our visit to the city was during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) where interstates travels are allowed but not international travel. So, if you miss Thailand like us, you can head over to Siam to satisfy your cravings for Thai food. The food here is amazing and it tasted just like in Thailand. You can try several dishes like “daging harimau menangis (crying tiger meat)” where the beef is barbequed and served with a hot dipping sauce. For the adventurous, you can also try the stuffed home-made sausage!

What can I do in Kota Bharu? Stuffed sausage
The stuffed sausage

5. Lastly, visit Pasar Siti Khadijah

Visit Pasar Siti Khadijah before you head back home!
Local snacks and delicacies in Pasar Siti Khadijah

The final one on our list is to visit Pasar Siti Khadijah. This is a must-visit place for the shopaholics out there. One interesting fact about Pasar Siti Khadijah is almost all of the sellers there are women! Apart from that, this huge market sells many things from fabrics, batik shirts, kaftans, local snacks as well as local delicacies. Your visit to Kota Bharu is incomplete without visiting Pasar Siti Khadijah!

So, there you go. 5 things that you can do when you are visiting Kota Bharu. If you are planning to visit Kota Bharu, we hope this list helps! If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting this beautiful city, you can find one and make a booking here.


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We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.


  1. Hi, do you know where to find good Nasi Kerabu in Kota Bharu? Saya orang cina x pernah pergi Kelantan, but one of my fav is nasi kerabu (sorry nasi lemak) and I would love to go Kelantan and find the authentic one T.T (maybe after MCO).

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