Monday, July 22, 2019

Around Kelantan In 8 Days

I am back after 8 days in Kelantan. That was my second trip and I visited no more tourist attractions as I had covered them all in my previous visit. So while my wife was away to conduct her daily training at various places, I decided to fulfill my whole days with healthy exercises instead. 




We stayed at the Holiday Villa Hotel along the busy main street next to the 24 hours McDonald's. When you see all the Jawi words, you are in Kelantan Darul Naim. The folks here are very warm and friendly.



I rented a mountain bike for just RM10 for a whole day's riding together with a safety helmet! The boss is very friendly and helpful too. Remember to head to SR Outdoor Gear Centre to rent your bikes! The address is: PT-137, Tingkat Bawah Rumah Kedai MAIK, Jalan Tok Hakim, 15000 Kota Bahru, Kelantan. Tel: 019 9424033 (Encik Alan)



I cycled across the whole town of Kelantan and visited this Goddess Mazhu's Tin Hin Kong Temple again to pay my respects. This deity is very famous in Taiwan for catching ghosts when you need her help.



 The sun was scorching and burnt me like satay. I was thirsty and had finished my bottle of water.




Luckily I found a road side stall along the kampung roads selling iced water drinks. The diluted fruit juices was just RM2.00 per cup!!! I drank watermelon juice and filled my empty bottle with mango juice. It was so refreshing and gave me the energy to continue cycling.



I even passed the backlanes to see the whole stretch of colourful murals on the walls. This seems like a global trend now to liven up the streets in any place. I think in some cities, they have gone over the limits until the streets looked messy instead. The famous wall murals in Penang has gotten crazy until you could see a long beeline of tourists waiting to take photos.



I could not believe that I cycled over 10 kilometers until I reached the famous Pantai Cahaya Bulan!! The storm and rain hit me with fallen coconut tree branches that missed my head. I had to call the bike shop's owner that I was stranded and could not return his bike before the shop's closing at 6pm. The owner was so kind to offer to rescue me in his car from the beach area!! I am very thankful to him.



I had this famous Roti Titab which was sold at the coffee shop right across the bike shop along Jalan Tok Hakim. You must try this. The thick bread was being pan roasted over the fire and smeared with soft eggs & kaya spread. It was heavenly nice and warm.



I also went to ride a horse! There is a big stable farm nearby the hotel I stayed where they kept 16 types of horses for public riding. I walked almost 2 km away with the guide of my GPS to locate the stable behind the cemetery. The horse stable's owner briefed me well before putting me on the big pony called Maya.



That's Maya and I. She had a good bath after taking me for a ride over one hour under the hot sun. I was nervous at first as I was afraid of getting thrown off.  I was supposed to return for 2 more rides but something changed my plans. Perhaps my next trip to Kelantan will see me riding this Maya again. They charged me RM60 per hour for the riding fees.



I braved myself to sign up for Muay Thai boxing sessions! I paid for a personal trainer who was once a Kelantan Champion Boxer to teach me. It was supposed to be a one session boxing but I went for more sessions until I had to put my horse riding aside. It was so tough to learn and endure the Muay Thai training. I was bruised with blue blacks all over from the punches he gave me. He was very good and I will consider to join classes in KL for healthy activities. Every friend was very shocked beyond words to hear about my new hobby!




The food is mostly delicious in Kelantan if we know where & what to eat. Here I ordered 2 mini bowls of Assam Laksa and Mee Rebus. I was speechless and stunned to see such big portions for the "mini bowls" until I could not decide which to eat. Wow! Both tasted very good and yummy!




Out hotel was next to 24 Hours McDonald's, Watson, Old Town White Coffee and right across the night market of Wakaf Che Yeh. This night market is quite huge with many stalls selling food, local snacks, clothes and macam macam lagi. I went there almost nightly.




Everything was cheap at the night market! You could get these fresh and crispy Thai grapes for just RM10 per plate full.



The tee shirts were cheap and comfortable too. All the fake brands for just RM10 each. Lai lai lai lai mai mai mai Kelantan!



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36 comments:

  1. What an adventure you had in Kelantan! I am embarrassed lah that I have never been although it is Terengganu's neighbor. Wah you have taken up Muay Thai! It's very good overall body workout. Great way to keep fit. You are very brave to ride the pony! Horse riding is also good but an expensive hobby.

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    1. You are very adventurers too and would visit any restaurant in your vicinity. You made me wonder why you snubbed Kelantan? Do you recall that I paid the Grab car a bomb on my last trip to drive me all the way to Terengganu? I could not ignore Aunty's hometown and wanted to complete my 13 states of footprints.

      I had seen so many friends and Hospice patients died too young. I just had to try everything in my bucket list. Somehow Muay Thai had been my interest since young in Thailand.

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  2. That's a good way to explore Kelantan! The food and drinks so cheap there. I have a friend who told me that his family never cooked at home at all cause outside food is so cheap and tasty. The kitchen area at home is like a waste of space!

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    1. I really agree with you about their mouthwatering food and cheap prices. No wonder I saw too many families were eating late dinners everyday. Most of them serve the "Teh Peng" like Thailand's cha yen.

      I believe that I will have the chance to follow my wife again on her next trip to explore this charming state.

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  3. I see that the storm and rain (and falling coconut tree branches) scared the shit (and gas) out of you! :D The colourful and famous murals in Penang pale in comparison to the one you found by the beach. Just RM10 for bike rental for a whole day and the owner have to pick you up in his car...there goes his profit...hahaha! ;D I wonder what's hamlet sardin...ham with sardines? ;) I see you brought along your trusted photographer (previously trusted Grab driver)...hihihi! ;P

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    1. Wow! You remembered about the Grab-driver-friend! I forgot to mention that he could not meet up as he had moved back to his hometown in Terengganu. So I was on my own and bought a mini cheapo tripod to take my own photos. I posted my selfie with backlane murals. The others were taken by passing by strangers or my wife!
      You have such sharp eyes to notice the Hamlet Sardin! I didn't check what it was as I have been constantly reminded to eat their Roti Titab which had bigger lettering on the sign. It is operated by a Malay lady so she might have used chicken ham. I will definitely try this Hamlet Sardine on my next trip in 2020 as the colleges have tentatively booked my wife for the 3rd time.

      I agree that the murals in Penang is very mild. I had seen grossly crazy walls in Seoul, Chengdu and Melaka!

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  4. Pantai Cahaya Bulan is a place you should visit with your wife.

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    1. Did you have a romantic walk with Derek there? It is quite short actually with a dead end yet it caused controversy with the government to change the name twice.

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  5. wah, all good activities - cycling, pony riding, muay thai, eating! time well spent there.

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    1. I would be bored to death if I am not independent with those activities. That town is very small and conservative in some ways. They have closed the cinemas and all the gyms & pools have separate gender areas.

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  6. Thanks Anay for sharing your activities!

    There are sure a lot of fun ways to enjoy a visit in Kelantan!

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    1. You are most welcome. I believe you will enjoy better than me.

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  7. That looks you had fun bike riding along the town of Kelantan and interesting to see you trying different activities instead checking places around! Maya is name of our dog and your maya seems a mid-horse and hope she enjoy riding you :) Delicious market fruits

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    1. Kelantan is an interesting state that borders with Thailand. The food and people there have similarities with the Thais. Now I recall that your dog is Maya too. That horse was comfortable with me and always placed its head near me. Some horses would turn their backs instead.

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  8. Renting and going around on bike is good exercise and sure a better alternative to travel. Can see more things too.

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    1. Renting bikes to explore the places are best ways for any tourists. I see a lot of this going on in Europe and inspired me to try someday. I recall that I have only tried once to rent the bikes and cycled around the City Wall in Xi'an-China to enjoy the panoramic view.

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  9. Thanks for sharing... must cuti-cuti Malaysia!

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    1. Yes you must do it. I believe you would enjoy looking at the markets and local snacks in Kota Bahru.

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  10. Thanks for sharing... must cuti-cuti Malaysia!

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  11. Wow.. sangat bergaya la with the cycling attire!! Never been to Kelantan, I think... or maybe once during the time I was working when I went there for kursus, if not mistaken... hahaha.. lau liow.. cannot remember..

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    1. LOLOL. You have visited too many countries and exotic places. I don't expect you to remember them all. Maybe you have some old photos.

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  12. was there JAwi word for the temple too?

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    1. There was no Jawi on the temple but BM words on the temple's arch entrance. Have you ever visited Kelantan?
      You might freak out! Muahahahaha

      Hey I give up checking on your blog updates. Bila?

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  13. u can be a tourism ambassador for Kelantan! 8 days non-stop 'tahan lasak' activities and shoppings in Kelantan seems fun!

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    1. That would be nice if all the states and countries hired me to be their ambassador. I will have so much to brag about them and get paid. Kelantan is not like how the politicians had painted during Jibby's.

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  14. What a detailed sharing of your Kelantan trip, I enjoy reading it, oh mine I want to eat that roti titab smeared with soft eggs, ya Muay Thai is tough, I once tried to learn Taekwando and I was panting like hell. I like your hotel's location which is near to the night market. When I was young, I wanted to learn horse riding because I thought being able to ride on a horse looks so cool but expensive hobby lah. I must say Malaysia's Mee Rebus tastes really different from SG ones, Malaysia's Mee Rebus gravy tastes more authentic and flavourful, yums!

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    1. I thought that I should finish off this trip in one post instead of 3. I still have backlog posts of England and South Korea before I head off somewhere again.

      You must try Roti Titab in Kelantan as no other places sell this in Malaysia. As for Mee Rebus, it is also called Mee Jawa in places around the North Malaysian states. They are very rich and so flavourful that I would finish the soup dry. I must try the Mee Rebus in Singapore someday. There are lots of delicious food in Singapore like the chicken and duck rice besides the Dim Sum which I have tried. As for the Nyonya Kueh at Bengawan Solo, it is really over rated and lousy.

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  15. I never been to Kelantan and pretty amazed by that big Chinese temple!
    Seem like you had a lot of fun joined so many activities.

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    1. You should visit Kelantan someday. I have blogged about all the Buddhist Temples in Kelantan during my previous trip. That conservative state has the most Buddhist Temples in Malaysia!!!

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  16. Hi! Nice trip to Kelantan. Cycling,riding and boxing, you look very strong and tough. You will be a nice horse rider in a next trip there. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Wow. Your trip to Kelantan is indeed something unique and different one. Cycling, pony riding, Muay Thai - that's really cool.

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  18. I've been to Kelantan in 2013 and out of so many food I ate, roti titab is my favourite one. I can't stop craving for it.

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  19. Really amazing trip :) Have a lovely week :)

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  20. Looks like you really made full use of your time in Kelantan!

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  21. I read your journal and finds it very interesting. Can't believe this is Kelantan you are talking about. Macam Thailand coz of the Muay Thai.

    I LOL at your stranded pic at the beach with the bicycle. That exact point where you were seated. Hahahahaha.

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