Saturday, April 4, 2009

Kota Bahru, Kelantan

AirAsia's Airbus A320 withTourism Malaysia's ZOOM campaign livery at the LCCT

I haven't been to Kota Bahru for more than 20 years so it was quite an interesting re-visit when I hit the northern state of Kelantan for a day trip meeting. I don't really subscribe to the fact that it's a backward state full of hard core Muslim zealots. I've met many people from there and I am amazed how cool they are. And how can you not like that accent? (Even if you've no idea whether if they're talking about politics or just telling you that your fly in open)

View of the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kota Bahru

My room at the Sutera Inn hotel. RM169 per night. OK la not bad.

Pantai Cinta Berahi or Pantai Cahaya Bulan. We had some time to kill before our late meeting so I pulled rank and said we had to sample the local beach fare for tea. Only one protest which was quickly squashed when I said that tea on a beach before a meeting would be duly sponsored by yours truly.

PAS changed the name of Pantai Cinta Berahi beach to Pantai Cahaya Bulan when they came into power. I guess a beach of 'passionate love' is a bad influence on the youth of the state. But most of the locals (well 2 that i spoke to) still referred to it by it's original name. Passionate Love rocks on yo!!!

The beach is quaint enough with lots of stalls selling all sorts of sea food deep fried with batter, from deep fried fish, to squid to crab. Of course nothing better than keropok lekor and fresh coconut water by a windy beach under shady coconut trees to make one's day.

There's really not that much shade except at the end of the beach which had some trees and under the makan stalls. It was way too hot to chill in the day time out in the open.

The life guard house.

A rather ticked off mak cik unhappy at a photo taking intruder taking pics of her kacang stall. This was at a state fair at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium before the mid week football game

Old skool fair ground attractions.

I took in the football game of Kelantan v Negri Sembilan. Fantastic crowd! full house!

I just thought this was cool.

I actually spent half a day so this is an unqualified opinion as anything there but Kota Bahru doesn't seem to have changed that much over the years. The pace is still laid back and the people seemed friendly enough. The food is Thai influenced and it's tough to get that bottle of beer or Coke but who cares eh? Keropok lekor and coconut water (by a windy beach) and open blue skies... lovely!


winniechan said...

nice photos... can't help but the ingrish islamic kindy got ejaan salah laaaaaaa


Nex said...

WOnder why I never went to the beach during my numerous work trips to Kota Bahru. Some of these trips lasted for weeks. Strange...

Chindiana said...

yeah, thought it was kinda cute... (damn, getting soft with age....)

Chindiana said...

Wow Nex, we posted same time bro. The Force is strong between KK and KL today! You gotta be a beach bum at heart to want to get to a beach dude! You're just a workaholic!

C. Andres Alderete said...

Very cool.

Chindiana said...

Andres!!! thanks dude!