5 days in Kelantan, Kuala Terengganu & Pekan Itinerary

5 days in Kelantan, Kuala Terengganu & Pekan Itinerary

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5 days in Kelantan, Kuala Terengganu & Pekan Itinerary

Start: Kulim
Drive:  4​h
1
Kota Bharu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kuala Terengganu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Pekan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Kulim

1
night
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu ©
Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, examine the collection at Istana Jahar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Cahaya Bulan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at War Museum, examine the collection at Handicraft Village and Craft Museum, Kelantan, then don't miss a visit to Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha, then make a trip to Wat Machimmaram Sitting Buddha, and finally don't miss a visit to Wat Mai Suwankiri.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kota Bharu online travel planner .

Kulim to Kota Bharu is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kulim to Kota Bharu due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Kota Bharu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Terengganu.

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Istana Jahar ©
Istana Jahar
Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah ©
Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah
Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha ©
Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha

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Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu ©
Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Batu Buruk beach, examine the collection at Muzium Negeri Terengganu, then wander the streets of Kampung China (Chinatown), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crystal Mosque.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Terengganu travel planner.

You can drive from Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu in 3 hours. In December in Kuala Terengganu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pekan.

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Batu Buruk beach ©
Batu Buruk beach
Crystal Mosque ©
Crystal Mosque
Muzium Negeri Terengganu ©
Muzium Negeri Terengganu

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Pekan

Pekan ©
The Pekan District, located on the banks of the Pahang River 50 km south of Kuantan and 280 km from Kuala Lumpur, is the Royal Town of the Malaysian state of Pahang Darul Makmur. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Abu Bakar Palace, get engrossed in the history at Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Pahang, and then examine the collection at Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pahang.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pekan tour planning tool .

You can drive from Kuala Terengganu to Pekan in 3.5 hours. In December in Pekan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Mon).

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Museums
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Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pahang ©
Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pahang
Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Pahang ©
Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Pahang
Abu Bakar Palace ©
Abu Bakar Palace

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