Discover Kelantan Institution


As Malaysia’s most northeastern state, Kelantan sits on the border facing Thailand. An agriculture-focused state, most of the states consists of picturesque paddy fields, coastal fishing kampungs (villages) and white sandy beaches. The state also boasts archaeological sites dating back to prehistoric times and is home to many natural wonders.

Quick Facts

Number of Higher Education Institutions


Main City

Kota Bharu




Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR)

Living in Kelantan

Arriving in Kelantan

Sharing a common border Thailand, the northeastern state of Kelantan is largely rural whose culture is quite distinct from other Malaysian states. The capital city Kota Bharu is a Malay cultural gem.


Sultan Ismail Petra Airport – Domestic flights

Airport Transportation


Buses are available from the airport to the city centre and major tourist spots. Do check with the information counter on how to purchase tickets.


Rentals are available at the airport and Malaysian road signs are easy to read. Driving is on the left side of the road and do note that there are toll fees for major highways.


All vehicles are able to enter and drop-off passengers. Do note that fares will include highway toll fees. Flag downs and ride-hailing apps are popular as well.

Getting Around Kelantan

Kelantan has its many quirks and with enough time, visitors will find Kelantan endearing enough.


Long distance sleeper buses are available from Kota Bharu Central Bus Terminal and Kelantan is linked to other states by the East-West Highway.


Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Malaysia over extended periods. As a near-developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is quite convenient too.


Kelantan has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.


The nearest KTM Intercity station is 6.5 KM away at Wakaf Bahru and passengers can get there via public bus or taxi. Trains go to Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur.


Exploring by foot is encouraged within city and the plenty of sights are within walking distance of each other. Roads are well-lit after dark, making evening strolling pleasant. Signs are instructive and well-placed and pavements are wide to accommodate human traffic.

6 Things You Need To Do in Kelantan

Visit Siti Khadijah Market

Named in honour of Prophet Muhammad’s entrepreneurial wife, the Siti Khadijah Market pays homage to the many entrepreneurial women who drive the local economy since time immemorial despite Kelantan not being a matriarchal society. You can drop by the market for fresh produce, traditional handicrafts and local dishes.

Sample Some Kelantanese Fare

Tuck into local flavours and mouth-watering street food at a few places. A more unique attraction a short drive away is the Floating Street Food Market in Pulau Suri. As you eat, look out for the anchored boats selling traditional snacks and handicrafts. There are also other evening markets in the local area, so check with one of your friendly locals who would be eager to help.

Visit Buddhist Temples and Islamic Museum

Steep yourself in the local culture by visiting local mosques and temples. Wat Maisuwankiri boasts many fine artworks and a ‘Dragon Boat Temple’. Wat Phothivihan’s 40-metre reclining Buddha statue is also the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

Muzium Islam currently hosts exhibits about the root of Islam in Kelantan along with various artifacts and inscription documents. The two-story building was built to resemble a mosque.

Ride the Jungle Railway

Discover the old ways of travelling by train. Known officially as the East Coast Line, the Jungle Railway starts at Tumpat linking Kelantan to the rest of Malaysia. The entire line connects Singapore to Bangkok by rail and passes by Taman Negara National Park providing spectacular views. You can stop off at any station to explore relatively rural parts of Malaysia.

Gunung Stong State Park

Gunung Stong State Park provides many with a challenging yet rewarding trek. Wonders await such as the seven-tiered Jelawang Waterfall and wildlife like the Asian elephant, great argus pheasant and tapir for those lucky enough to spot them.

Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach)

Known for picturesque sea views and delicious seafood, Pantai Cahaya Bulan still draws many visitors and cyclist who visit many handicraft shops along the way.

Find out more here.


Sign up for our Newsletter

Stay up to date upcoming events from Education Malaysia Global Services Community.

Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.