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!