For most visitors,
the charms of Kelantan are found in the vitality of its culture and
its remote, unsullied beauty. The traditional sports of
giant kite-flying, top-spinning, silat, wayang kulit, bird-singing
competitions and the making of exquisite handicrafts such
as songket, batik, silverware and mengkuang products still
remain fixtures here, offering a glimpse of tradtional
Malay culture in truly spectacular setting.
coastline is almost completely undeveloped, and offers
a number of idyllic beaches.
Vast stretches of tropical forest cover the state, and
its southeastern corner forms part of the Taman
Negara National Park.
at market in Kota Bharu.
Kelantan is the northernmost state on the East Peninsular
Malaysia. It has an area of 14,931 square kilometres.
Rustic settings of picturesque vampings (villages) amidst
padi-fields give insights into a way of life that has
endured the passing of time. Kelantan's history dates
to between 8000-3000 B.C. Chinese historical documents
chronicle the existence of a government which had links
with China, when Kelantan was referred to as 'Ho-lo-tan'.