We made a short round trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu for the Qing-Ming Festival 清明 (Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day).
With respect of the ancestors, it may not be nice to take pictures of this colourful and smoky festival.
So, I rather showed you the original skeleton of the famous Perak Man. This is the oldest complete set of skeleton discovered in South East Asia. He lived more than 10,000 years ago. Note: Peking Man dated back to 300,000 years.
This skeleton has been relocated back to Lenggong Archaeological Museum in 2014 for Malaysia Tourism Year. Lenggong Valley has been crowned as the World Heritage Site.
This is our annual weekend trip to Kota Bharu.
We tried our best to squeeze out an hour for a detour to Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach), about 30 minutes from town center.
The objective is to visit a hidden gem near PCB, the Pasir Belanda Resort. It is a local village (‘kampung’) style small resort inside the local village. This resort is very popular among the European tourists.
We have been to Pantai Cahaya Bulan (PCB) numerous times but always didn’t get to see the making of the giant kites. On this trip to Kota Bharu (Kelantan), we made a special arrangement to find the legendary kitemaker, the maker of Wau Bulan.
One of the most scenic routes in Peninsular Malaysia is the coastal road, from Kota Bharu’s Pantai Irama all the way to Cherating near Kuantan. Hundreds of kilometer of seaside and village views. It was longer travel distance as compared to the highway, but very relaxing drive (plenty of food for the stomach and for the eyes).
Some of the beaches have very romantic names, like Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Bay), Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of Whistling Breeze), Pantai Irama (Beach of Melody) etc. Let’s start the journey from Kota Bharu to Kuantan. Due to the poor weather and limited time, the pictures were taken in with quick stop over.
Pantai Cahaya Bulan or PCB used to be a nice looking beach, due to the sea erosion evading the beach front, government has to put big rocks to slow down the erosion. PCB remains a popular spot for locals from Kota Bharu town because it is the nearest beach. The water is muddy color (sands) and not suitable for swimming. The beach is good place to play kites.
If you are familiar with or fond of East Coast (Peninsular Malaysia) cuisines, you can easily name the tasty dishes in picture below.
It has been few years since my last visit to Kota Bharu, Kelatan. It seemed like there were some new constructions, changing of traffic route, and more old buildings converted as bird nest farm.