Who says you’re only limited to amazing shopping in KL? If you’re an extreme shopaholic and need to check off more interesting, local finds, then you need to head on down to Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Sure, the Kelantan shopping scene is still home to many such shopping malls, but it’s not always the best places to be because malls still face healthy competition from traditional markets, which are still firm favorites of a majority of Kelantan consumers. Want to be ahead of the game? Check out our list of places below!
Pasar Siti Khadijah
To fully appreciate the true Kelantan shopping experience, your first stop needs to be the Pasar Siti Khadijah Central Market. Hours go by in a blink of an eye because you’ll be completely overwhelmed by the amount of shopping you’ll need to do here. From wet goods to dry, this one-stop center has it all – Islamic wear, wedding decor, traditional handicrafts and more. Haggling galore, this wet and dry market is apparently a haven for photographers snapping away at the upper levels, trying to capture a moment of the lively atmosphere of the market.
The town of Rantau Panjang is the main Kelantan border crossing between Malaysia and Thailand. It is also a popular duty-free shopping zone selling electronic goods, toys, cigarettes, clothes, cosmetics, perfume, chocolate, watches and general goods. Make this your first stop, or your last, either way it’ll be worth it.
Pengkalan Kubor is another duty-free zone that attracts bargain hunters. In other words, it’s a shopping heaven! That’s what the locals call it at least. You’ll be able to find lots of clothing (especially imitation jerseys), ladies outfits, pots and pans, luggage bags, handbags, and chocolates for cheap.
Bazar Buluh Kubu
Located near Siti Khadijah market, Bazaar Buluh Kubu is your go-to place to purchase local handicrafts made with love such as batik, traditional Malay clothing and jewelry. Ladies especially tend to flock here for the baju kurung, selendang, and telekungs which have prices ranging from cheap to premium.
Bazar Tok Guru
Last but not least, in Kelantan you’ll notice that the Muslim community is more dominant. If you see this building, dont assume that it’s just another mosque or Islamic center. In Bazar Tok Guru, you’ll be able to get some special shopping done. Open every day except Friday, Bazar Tok Guru offers textiles, traditional prayer items, men’s and women’s attire, accessories for your home and office and even some dry goods.
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