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Kota Bharu

Trip Planner Asia  /  Malaysia  /  Kelantan  /  Kota Bharu
(2/5 based on 440+ reviews for 8 attractions)
Things to do: museums, shopping, beaches

The Islamic City

Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings. Most visitors use the town as a stopover on the way to the Perhentian Islands, but friendly locals, tasty cuisine, and easy access to authentic villages make a sound case for a longer stay. However long you stay, you should have no problem filling your Kota Bharu itinerary with interesting museums in town and temples, waterfalls, and caves in the surrounding area. Add Kota Bharu and other destinations in Malaysia to your travel plans using our Malaysia vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Kota Bharu

Most accommodation in Kota Bharu remains clustered near downtown on the right bank of the Sungai Kelantan River. Options range from small budget-friendly guesthouses to towering modern hotels, with everything staying relatively affordable. Spending a little extra generally results in a significant upgrade in quality, with simple rooms quickly turning into well-appointed digs replete with amenities such as Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and access to a swimming pool. Still, those stretching their travel budgets should find plenty of basic, clean rooms around town.
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