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Apr 4, 2011 - Kota Bharu

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Khota Baru is Malaysia’s northernmost city, sitting alongside the Sungai River, 10km inland from the sea. It’s a devoutly Muslim city, proud of its Malay heritage. Its citizens are relaxed and very friendly, and although most foreign visitors arrive overland from neighbouring Thailand on their way to the Perhentian Islands, there are some interesting buildings and museums to see if one has the time. Khota Bharu makes a great base for exploring the province of Kelantan. Overnight tours into the jungle are popular, as well...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Tikit Barat - The Flamenco Music Of Malaysia?

I just remembered one of the coolest cultural events we experienced thus far -- last Friday night on the Perhentian Islands (Malaysia), some locals at our restaurant put on an impromptu Tikit Barat performance, complete with drumming/singing/chanting circle, burning bonfire/pyre inferno, and child dancers (including Asha in her improvised headscarf - she wanted to wear one like all the local women!). It's a local music genre in northeast Malaysia, with mainly percussion (hand drums, clapping), and voice (male and female). Singing akin to...

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Apr 15, 2007 - Kota Baharu

A quick night stop over in Kota Baharu after another lonnnnng day crossing borders from Thailand...after 10 hours of driving, and lugging our packs through the border from southern Thailand, we arrived in Malaysia. We could immediately see that Malaysia is a lot more developed than Thailand...the quantity of western fast food chains was shocking - within one block was McDonalds, KFC, A&W, Pizza Hut, and Seven Eleven...however, prices are about 1/3rd of that back home, so we knew we were still in Asia! Arriving into Kota Baharu, we were so...

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Matt and Jen in Asia

Sep 10, 2006 - Kota Bharu

B - We stayed 2 nights in Kota Bharu, a small muslim city in the far northeast of Malaysia, and it was more of a town than a city, with a real rural feel. We didn't do it a great deal of justice with some v sweaty half-hearted sightseeing. But we did make it to the fantastic night market, which had tons of food stalls so we finally found some authentic local malay food, including Nasi Kerabu - blue rice with fried fish and various other strange adornments which we could only guess at. We finished off with cake with a Malaysian flag stuck in...

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May 3, 2006 - Kota Bharu

Another day in Kota Bharu. We woke up to torrential downpour outside that lasted all night and well into the morning. The last bouts of the monsoon season. The day was pleasantly cool for the next 15 minutes or so. We cycled out of town to see the South China Sea beach, as well as some local crafts in the making. The beach was totally abandoned except for a small group of people away in the distance. It is a predominantly a Muslim community. The traditional way of creating batik patterns has evolved a bit. They no longer use natural dyes to...

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Somewhere in Asia

May 1, 2006 - Kota Bharu

After a few hours of searching for a place to stay (we arrived during a federal holiday), we made Zeck's Guesthouse our home for the night. Marianne, Zeck's wife was very friendly and outgoing, and made us feel quite at home. The very next morning Myles stumbled upon a bird singing competition already in progress, where he met its founder, mr. Khor. Mr. khor invited both of us for breakfast, which quickly turned into a whole day affair. After an extensive eplanation of the judging scheme (showmanship, repertoire, melody and resonance)we...

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Somewhere in Asia

Jan 4, 2006 - Oh Mylaysia!!

As some of you may know, there has been some civil unrest in the south of Thailand as of late. In order to avoid this, today we scooted through all that nonsense and crossed over into Malaysia. Just wanted to say hello and let everyone know that we made it safe and sound. There certainly were obvious signs of tension the further south we travelled, most obviously seen in the form of Thai military police that patrolled the train and train stations. They were all very courteous to us which was pleasant, especially since each of them were...

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May 24, 2005 - Arrival in Malaysia. Another world!

Straight away Malaysia felt very different to Thailand, essentially due to it being a strongly Muslim country. I have never really been to a Muslim country before and I found it a bit strange at first. I was treated very differently from what I'm used to - for example when we got in a taxi to take us to Kota Bharu, the town where we were staying the night, I asked the driver a couple of questions but was ignored. After a moment I realised that it wasn't just that he couldn't understand me but he was making no response at all to me. I asked...

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May 18, 2005 - Another Day, Another Mission

So got the 8 am boat off the island with Wolter, got to Kuala Besut for about ten as the slow boat is just that, very slow. We were meant to get a share taxi with these two girls I had been chatting to on the island but they bitching over the 30 ringgit cost which between us would of meant we were paying a pound to do 60 ks, tight or what. So me and Wolter jumped in the taxi and got to Kota Bharu. Got some food back at main land prices, which was sweet and stocked up on provisions down the seven eleven for the mission ahead into Thailand....

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Mar 25, 2005 - Malaysia, travelling - Ipoh and Kota Bahru

Saturday 25th Mar On Sat. night decided to move on to get to the Perhentian islands, off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. We caught a bus to Ipoh, which is a city a couple of hours west of Cameron Highlands. We went to the place that Lonely Planet recommended as the best budget accommodation, and booked in. The room was (VERY) basic, but clean and okay. At about 9pm, just as we were getting settled, there came an almighty pong. We had a room next to a communal toilet, but the smell wasn't coming from there. We opened the door and...

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