A unique experience you should not miss while travelling through the Blissful Abode
Located in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia, Kelantan is the epitome of futureproof tourism as it is a time capsule that still keeps its centuries-old heritage well-preserved. The Kelantanese (local Kelantan people) sustains their local culture and nature hence, welcoming visitors from all over the globe to see its unique traditions. Now is the time for you to meet the local people and explore the authentic cultural heritage by discovering homestays, villages, and communities.
Pulau Suri Floating Market
Many may still be unaware of the existence of floating market in Malaysia as it is mostly synonym with Thailand. But since 2016, when Pulau Suri officially opened, Malaysia once again live up to its reputation of being truly Asia, by welcoming visitors to the country's first floating market
Visitors could reach Pulau Suri floating market in Tumpat district by canoes and boats from Kuala Besar and Kok Majid jetties. At Pulau Suri, you will find yourself in an exuberant ambience to start shopping for Kelantan’s famous delicacies and handicrafts. The boat traders there offer customers a wide array of traditional food and beverages like the Kerabu Nipah, Lokan Bakar, Ketupat Sotong, traditional kuih, coconut jelly and Nasi Kerabu.
While feasting on delectable meals with family and friends, you will also be entertained with traditional music or cultural performances performed by the locals such as dikir barat and kertok. Then, if you fancy, head on to the handicraft vendors that sell kaftan, shawls, scarves, batik, keychains and paintings as souvenirs for your loved ones.
Min House Camp
Min house camp in Kampung Pulau is a nature retreat situated along the Pengkalan Datu river; a perfect spot for those who need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Every guest is promised a good time discovering different species of flora and fauna while getting busy with all sorts of adventurous sports activities like archery, kayaking, river bathing, fishing and clam digging. This back-to-nature retreat is a great way for you to unwind and respite your overactive minds.
Walking around Min House Camp, you can find a bee and guppy farm as well as a mini petting zoo where chickens, ducks and geese are resting. These animal sanctuaries are suitable for children who would love to spend some quality time feeding the animals. The main highlight of Min House Camp is getting on a night boat ride or kayak to watch glowing fireflies by the riverside.
You can also learn how the community of Kampung Pulau lives by having a village tour or a night walk guided by one of the homestay’s staff. Visit fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and you could also even see a monkey plucking coconuts for you to drink. After exploring the beauty of Kampung Pulau, loosen up by having a body massage or even enjoy delicious Kelantanese cuisine at Anjung Selera.
Other than that, you can also learn to cook scrumptious Kelantanese traditional dishes, make handicrafts, play traditional games and watch cultural performances such as the wayang kulit (shadow puppets).
Singgora is a vital element in the Kelantan-Malay heritage of roof construction. It is one of the state’s well-preserved architectures that carry the traditional heritage in its design. Singgora roof tiles do not only function to protect the building but also act as a symbol of racial origins.
The roof’s cultural symbol and aesthetic values are what drove Mohamed Salleh, a civil engineer, to start a Singgora homestay business. His burning passion for architecture and impeccable craftsmanship in building Kelantan’s traditional houses have successfully captured the attention of the locals, heritage lovers, photographers and tourists from outside of the state to come here.
Located in Kampung Air Deras, Pasir Hor, you can feel what it is like to live in a tranquil village environment within the Kota Bharu city limit. Upon reaching the homestay’s wooden gate, you will definitely be awed by the intricate architectural beauty of the façade, which was built from combinations of kayu cengal, kayu jati, and kayu kemuning ageing over a century years old.
For those who plan to experience the nostalgic feeling of kampung (village) life, this is the right place for you to spend time with nature as this homestay’s landscape are surrounded by rivers, forest trees, bamboos, honeybees, chicken and ducks.
Back in the olden days, Malays used Perahu Kolek as their main transport to cross calm waters and shallow rivers in Kelantan. Perahu Kolek is a vibrantly painted boat made from wood carvings of kayu cengal by the locals.
The intricately designed boat is painted in many colours and carved with patterns that symbolise a certain cultural power, belief or tradition. The heads of the boat are carved with various motifs like stork, okok (a short form for the word bongkok which means hump according to Kelantan dialect) and caping which are derived from the influence of Ramayana and Mahabrata wayang kulit stories.
You can experience riding perahu kolek at Kampung Pulau Gajah Pantai Sabak in Pengkalan Chepa. The interior of the boat is decorated with carpets and pillows to make the guests feel warm and welcomed. Through the four-kilometre boat ride, you can stop at Pengkalan Datu floating market to indulge in the aesthetic tastes of Kelantan’s traditional cuisines and then stop at Ar-Rahman Mosque which is famous for its old architecture before returning to the jetty. The whole two-way trip is worth RM400 per boat that can accommodate up to 10 people at a time.