Kelantan, which means the “Land of Lightning”, shares a common border with Thailand to the north, Terengganu to the southeast, Perak to the west, the South China Sea to the east and Pahang to the south. Kelantan, aptly dubbed the ‘Cradle of Malay Culture’, is a veritable treasure trove of delights- rustic fishing villages, verdant paddy (rice) fields, and languid, palm-fringed beaches and traditional pastimes such as kite-flying, silat and top-spinning. Kelantan is home to some of the most ancient archeological discoveries in Malaysia, including several prehistoric indigenous settlements.
Located in the northeast corner of the peninsula, the charms of Kelantan are found in the vitality of its culture and its remote, unsullied beauty. Kelantan offers plenty of opportunities for tourists such as river cruises, river rafting, bird watching and jungle trekking. Kota Bharu, the bustling state capital emanates an old world charm and offers tourists the opportunity to witness a microcosm of the unique Kelantanese way of life. The Kelantan coastline is largely undeveloped and idyllic beaches stretch for miles: visitors will often find that they share a beach with local fishermen rather than other tourists.