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Many people who live and work in Kuala Lumpur call the northern state of Kelantan home, and therefore there’s always a demand for bus trips back to the capital city of Kelantan, Kota Bharu. Travelling to Kota Bharu by bus doesn’t necessarily mean you need to depart from any of the crowded terminals in Kuala Lumpur. Instead, you can opt to depart from Gombak, which is a short ride away by KTM commuter. The only bus service provider that leaves from Gombak would be Darul Naim Express. If you’re travelling in the daytime, you’ll only need about 7 and a half hours to arrive but travelling at night takes as long as 8 and a half hours as the driver needs to be more careful and go at a slower pace in the dark. Since the journey takes quite some time, you should be prepared to spend the night in the bus if you’re travelling overnight.
Kota Bharu is truly a unique city that is a typical representation of Malaysian East Cast culture. If you’re a visitor, the first thing you’ll notice is that most Kelantanese speak their own dialect. In Kota Bharu itself, you can visit the huge Siti Khadijah market that sells all sorts of local fresh produce. There’s also a separate wing where you can find a wide array of local delights like laksam, nasi dagang, nasi kerabu, somtan, sup perut, mee celup and so much more. For a taste of local history, you can visit Istana Jahar and the Museum Precint, which is a collection of museums clustered around Padang Merdeka in Kota Bharu. There are also some Thai temples worth visiting here, including Wat Pothivihan with its reclining Buddha statue. Visitors can also take a short 15 to 20 minute trip by car or taxi to nearby Pengkalan Chepa Beach or Pantai Irama for a swim and to indulge in water activities. Kota Bharu is a shopping haven for fans of Batik, silverware and local arts and craft, which you can find walking around downtown Kota Bharu. Finally, don’t forget to look for authentic Kelantanese kuih or desserts like Kuih Akok, Buah Tanjung, Badak Berendam, Puteri Mandi and others you can’t find on the west coast of the Malaysia peninsula. Buy www.catchthatbus.comGombak to Kota Bharu Bus Ticket at CatchThatBus now.