Visitors to Kota Bharu must visit its famous beach, Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach). It used to be called Pantai Cinta Berahi (Beach of Passionate Love), a name reputedly given by a lovelorn British soldier in a moment of fantasy while he was at the beach during World War Two. Today, some locals still use the old name, although many now prefer to just refer to it as 'PCB'.
With a long, wide and sandy beach, it is a popular spot for local family outings especially during weekends. The beach is well-developed for visitors' convenience, with a resort hotel, chalets, restaurants, food stalls, a camping ground, public restrooms and changing rooms.
The journey to the beach from Kota Bharu will take you through quaint, traditional Malay villages. This area is famous for the small industry of traditional handicrafts. Look out for simple advertisements along the roadside as you pass through, indicating batik printing, songket-weaving, brassware and kite making shops. You can buy these handicraft items directly from these producers at a good price.
I have been here before, but it was like 20 year ago or more when I was still a kid. My grandma was still alive, and the place was not like now. Less stall and even less chalet.
Somehow, I prefer the way it was before rather than now. Maybe I'm a bit conservative, lately.
If we are talking about PCB, people will talk about its beautiful beach and also the food here. The crispy food including seafood which are cooked with some flour (deep fried). They are yummy of course! I can't write much about the beach since I could not take any picture of the beach at night.
You can see many stalls and small restaurants opened at night.
The yummy crispy dish!
I will come again here if I come to Kelantan because my visit this time was short and many places to visit too. Sorry for can't share with you the view in the day time. I promise I will if I visit PCB again :)