Our hotels in Kota Bharu, Malaysia are at the very heart of a diverse region, where cultures mix and compliment each other in a bustling capital city, just miles from the Thai border. The local cuisine’s main dishes of nasi dagang––coconut milk and steamed rice, topped with coconut shavings and curry––and pisang goring––a deep-fried banana, battered and coated in sugar and cinnamon––reveal the historic influences of both Thai and Chinese culinary traditions.
The stunning Pantai Cahaya Bulan, or “Moonlight Beach,” is a popular attraction on our hotel guest’ Kota Bharu travel itineraries. But why stop at the shoreline? Take a boat tour of the nearby Perhentian Islands or explore the Awazisan Maru, a World War II-era Japanese shipwreck.
Our Kota Bharu accommodations are ideally located for anyone looking to explore the inland city by foot, as well. The Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah Central Market features hundreds of vendors selling many eclectic local goods and wares. Check out the Sultan Ismail Petra Arch, an imposing structure celebrating Kota Bharu as a center of Malay culture, or head just outside the city to the village of Nilam Puri to tour the Kampung Laut Mosque, the oldest mosque in Malaysia.