Continuing on our last blog post, let’s move on to the 3rd and 4th day of our trip in the East Coast. In case you’ve forgotten about the WHYs of traveling to the East Coast, link attached for your reference. After traveling to Pahang and Terengganu, our next and final destination of this journey would be Kelantan.
Although it seems like a long journey from Terengganu to Kelantan, it is definitely worth the drive. Imagine the seaside and beaches are just a few miles away from you while driving. That’s something you can’t get in a busy city like Kuala Lumpur. In fact, it is one of the star highlights of the entire journey.
Day 3 Terengganu – Kelantan
Teluk Mak Nik, Terengganu – Pasar Kubang Pasu, Kelantan ( 322 km, 4 h )
Calling all food lovers! This is one of the best spots to get some great local delights like Nasi Dagang, Nasi Tumpang, and Laksam Kelantan. For your information, Nasi Dagang is considered the local Kelantanese all-time favorite dish on this side of the Peninsular coast. It is a coconut milk rice served with fish curry, an iconic dish proven coveted by the locals, who speak adulations of its fragrance and savory flavors.
Pasar Kubang Pasu, Kelantan – Street Art Kota Bharu, Kelantan ( 3 km, 8 mins )
Time to hunt for some art in Kota Bharu! Get inspired and the feel of the local culture by checking thru these colorful and impressive murals adorned on the walls in the street! These meticulously detailed works of art transform and lighten up the overall atmosphere of the location.
Street Art Kota Bharu, Kelantan – Galeri Wau Pak Sapie, Kelantan ( 7.5 km, 14 mins )
Kelantan is also popular with its rich Malay cultural heritage. For example, the intricately designed moon-kite, Wau is well-known as one of Kelantan’s unique creations… Wau-making is currently a dying art, as fewer people are now trained in the tradition of creating Wau. Every year in August, there is an International Kite Festival, that attracts tourists from all over the world to travel east in order to witness the event.
Day 4 Kelantan – Kuala Lumpur
If you spend a night in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, the next day will only be a 6-hour drive to back to Kuala Lumpur. It is not necessarily a boring drive, as you can always make a pit stop and chill by the beach or take a walk on the sand dunes, that you will definitely pass by along the way.
The East Coast in Peninsular Malaysia is definitely an underrated holiday destination and should get more appreciation for how fantastic it is! It is filled with culture, unique cuisine, eco-adventures, and much more that makes it well worth the long hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.