Since I don't have a lot of photos, I decided I'll just do a re-cap for this short trip.
Woken up to breakfast at a food court on Jalan Kebun Sultan. 5.30 a.m. one bus of tourists were crowded in this food court bathroom to brush teeth.
This fascinating thing above a cross of pohpiah and lohbak. A pohpiah with lohbak fillings (instead of vegetables). A lohbak with pohpiah skin (instead of soya). Whatver... Quite regretted I bought this thing because I don't like fried food cold. Just... yuckkk
P/S: Not because the marriage didn't work out. It's because the meat was disgusting.
Still I had a good laugh before I went back to the bus to eat bread:
Despite 95% Malay of Kelantan's population, the town of Tumpat, noteworthy for its number of relatively well-off Siamese villages is not only where the minority ethnic Thai inhabitants of Kelantan mostly centered, so does the state's two hundred or so Buddhist temples.
During this trip, we visited the 4 temples.
Time 8.30 a.m.
One of the 25 temples in Tumpat, Wat Phothivihan has the longest and biggest Reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia. It measures 40 metres long and 11 metres high. Also the most popular.The devotees of this temple are mainly ethnic Thais, and the temple itself is a typical Thai Buddhist temple.
We also visited another temple in Tumpat called Wat Pikhulthong where the giant Buddhalila stands. This 60 metres high statue took 10 years to finish. Unlike majority of Tumpat temples, strong Indian influence can be seen from architectures and statues of gods and monks of this temple.
9.30 a.m. now.
Third temple in Tumpat we visited is Wat Maisuwankiri, also known as The Dragon Boat Temple because of the two dragons at the boat statue.
Unlike the two previous temples we visited, this temple is all gold and shiny and big and luxury. Donation from Thai King...
The last temple we visited is Wat Machimmaram with a Samadhi Buddha tall at over 30 metres, 22 metres wide on a lotus base of 47.5 metres - the largest sitting Buddha in Southeast Asia. This Chinese influenced temple was built in 1991 but only completed in 2001.
This temple is our tour guide's favorite. Oh, his name Bernard He talked a lot but all the aunties and aucles on the bus ignored him lol
Ok, no more temple.
We were at Siti Khadijah Market and I finally can eat. I mean to try out the local cuisine of Kelatan. I ate two servings at lunch because of the hybrid I had thrown away when my mum didn't notice. *Starved*
I ordered a 2-in-1, Nasi Dagang (the brown) with udang galah and Nasi Kerabu (the blue) with solok lada (chillies stuffed with minced fish and grated coconut). I have also tried the Laksa Kelatan. I chose to eat laksam (the thicker noodle) because I remember I have never seen it in my hometown but I used to had it when I was studying in Johor.
Lastly, drained everything down with the cap ayam (chicken trade mark) orange-flavoured soft drink and we were ready for some shopping.
Named after Prophet Muhammad's entrepreneurial wife, this rainbow-colored bazaar is mostly run by women.
After checked into hotel and I went to gym and showered, we hit Pantai Cahaya Bulan in the late afternoon.
5 p.m. at the beach
Dinner was at food court again. Boring.
Sunday morning was just breakfast at hotel rooftop (laksa was good and love that they have my favorite soft boiled eggs) and more shopping at Rantau Panjang along Sungai Golok. Did you know that this place is duty free? And there is even a nice cafe here with beautiful macarons!
We left Rantau Panjang for home around 1 p.m. I was so excited with shopping and eating until I forgot to have a look at the famous river that separates Malaysia and Thailand!!! I couldn't find Nasi Tumpang during this trip so I think I will definitely be back in the future and also to see Sungai Golok.
Another must-do thing if you happened to be around Tasik Temenggor along the East-West Link... eat fresh water "seafood"! Grik is landlocked so the fish are from the nearby lake. I think I ate 3 frogs that day and forgot about the photo again.
4 p.m. super full "tea"
I hope this gives you some inspiration for places to visit for a weekend away!