Kelantan is a state in Malaysia where it is given the title of “The Cradle of Malay Culture”. For general information about the state, Kelantan is actually located at the north eastern corner of the Peninsular Malaysia. In addition to that, the total land area of the Kelantan state is roughly 14920 square kilometer where almost 95% from the 1.4 million total populations are made up from Malays with the rest of the 5 % being non Malay races.
Aside from having Kota Bahru serving as the state capital and the royal town, the Kelantan state also has 8 additional main administrative districts where these districts include Bachok, Gua Musang, Jeli, Kuala Krai, Machang, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tanah Merah and Tumpat. Ever since the early days, Kelantan at that period of time was already a very powerful kingdom sharing economic ties with the Chinese Empire. However, despite the reason for being a powerful state since the early days, Kelantan nowadays is still considered as the second poorest states in the whole of Malaysia. Some of the reason behind this is because the main economy of the Kelantan state depends mostly on agrarian and not much dependency on the industrial areas. Nowadays, the tourism industries in the Kelantan state is becoming more and more important as the Kelantan state itself is an interesting destination due to the reason where Kelantan is rich in a cultural sense and beautiful in its sceneries.
Until today, Kelantan is still a very conservative state partly due to the reason where Kelantan is ruled by PAS or better known as the Islamic Party of Malaysia and in addition to that, due to the overwhelming numbers of Malays in the Kelantan state, the most influential religion here in Kelantan is none other than Islam (as we all know, Islam is a religion that is slightly more conservative). However, in spite of the reason for being conservative, the local town’s peoples of the Kelantan state still welcome visitors with an open arm. Moreover, these local people are more than willing to share their wonderful cultures such as the art of silat (a form of martial arts), gasing and as well as the giant kite known as wau. Aside from these interesting cultures, there are also a wide variety of local delicacies here in Kelantan where some of these tasty local delicacies include Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Tumpang, Ayam Percik, Kau-Jam, Nasi Ulam and last but not least, the famous Kelantanese Laksa.
Some of the people out there may have a misconception about Kelantan partly because Kelantan is ruled by an Islamic party and surely, it is bound to be more conservative. However, by looking through all these differences and misconceptions, Kelantan is still a very wonderful state with friendly local town’s folks.