2016 – North-Eastern Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip - day 2

Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association
1,611km North-Eastern Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip
KL > Marang > Kota Bharu > Taiping > Cameron > KL
A 5 day road trip from 30.09.2016 – 04.10.2016



Day 2 (01.10.2016) – A 258km long drive from Marang to Kota Bharu, Kelantan
 

The Route:
> by road 3 to Angullia Beach House Resort,
> by road 3 to Kompleks IKIM Marang, Jeti Perikanan Marang
> by road 3 and 174 to China Town Kuala Terengganu
> Visited Masjid Kristal, Pulau Wan Man
> by road 65, 3, 147 to Gn Budget Room & Homestay, Kota Bharu 


At 7.30am we had our own bread, jam and coffee for breakfast at our Fishing Village Homestay before driving to Marang town. We first stopped at Angullia Beach House Resort to view the sea front followed by the Kompleks LKIM Marang a fishing jetty. We then stopped at the China Town in Kuala Terengganu for our second breakfast cum lunch for some. At 11.30am we were at Pengkalan Toh Ku Paloh that provides TTI River Cruise and later at 11.45am we visited the Crystal Mosque. 

It was a long drive to Kota Bharu to check in to Gn Budget Room & Homestay. On the road we passed by Bandar Permaisuri at 1.23pm, Jerteh at 2.13pm, Pasir Puteh at 2.31pm and finally arrived at our home-stay at 3.40pm. From here we drove to Gelanggang Seni, Jalan Mahmood at 4.30pm to see Malay traditional activities such as Rebana Giant drum performances, silat martial arts and gasing top spinning demonstration. After the show we drove to pick up JP’s brother Mr. Karunan to visit Wat Phothikyan Phutthaktham, Kampung Balai, Bachok and later for dinner at Chengmai Thai Food Restaurant nestled deep within the residential area of Kampung Kulim in Wakaf Baru by a railway line for dinner at 7.45pm. 

Evening was Nilam Puri ghost story telling fellowship at the home-stay with some cold beer and whiskey till pass midnight. Many thanks to JP Anandan for the ghost story, Siva for the cold beer and George Ling for Dewar's whiskey. 

Sleeping: Gn Budget Room & Homestay, Kota Bharu. Mr Tan.
At 7.30am we had our own bread, jam and coffee for breakfast at our Fishing Village Homestay before driving to Marang town.

Fishing Village Homestay, Lot 2279, Jalan Lama Seberang Marang, 21600 Marang, (3 storey bungalow, since 15Jun2015) (immediately after the Sg Rinting bridge).

A group photo at our Fishing Village Homestay, Marang.

Ray Lee our treasurer was busy collecting money from members. We pay as we travel and when fund is low we would top up the treasurer's piggy bank.


Tan Chee Seng and Ah Fatt at the Drive-In car parking - House guest may park their vehicles beside their respective chalets for convenience and accessibility.


Suloo’s Haven - The main house of Angullia with a garden restaurant with sprawling scenery of bougainvilleas tropical plants. WiFi and internet hot-spots are available.

In 1850, eight young men from the Angullia family set out on a sailing ship to seek their fortunes in the Far-East. The Angullias, who were then known as “Angadias”, hailed from Rander, a small town of Surat, in the province of Gugerat on the North-Western coast of India. They are Gujerati Sunni Muslims who themselves were migrants to India in the early 1600s from Kufah, Iraq.

The uncovered running air-conditioner may be dangerous to children at the resort.

The Angullia Beach House Resort nestled and set amidst 5 acres of swaying palms and casuarina trees.

There is even a Beach Cafe overlooking the stretches of beach and the endless horizon.

The beach at Angullia is blessed with long stretches of quiet golden beach and crystal clear waters that merged well with the endless scenery of swaying palm trees.

In the sea is the island of Pulau Kapas (Cotton Island) which is about 20 minutes away by boat from Marang.

This iconic sculpture of Marang - the sea shell, squid and prawn.



Kompleks LKIM Marang is under the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) an authorized body by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Base Industry.


Kompleks LKIM Marang is a fishing jetty for a developed, independent and progressive fishermen community.

Fishing boats at Kompleks LKIM Marang a fishing jetty.


Fishes to be delivered at Kompleks LKIM Marang fishing jetty.




Crabs to be delivered at Kompleks LKIM Marang fishing jetty.

Wow! Look at this 70kg shark.

Wow! Look at this 80kg shark.
More sharks at the jetty.

The fishing boat that just came in to unload their catch.



Workers sorting and unloading their catch into baskets.

It took three of us to lift up this 80kg shark.


This is Kuala Terengganu new township.

The Terengganu China Town is actually a row of prewar old building at Jalan Kg Cina.

The colourful long arch at Chinatown Terengganu has created an unique and beautiful photographing spot for photo taking.

This Chinatown buildings are believed to be the residence for the Chinese from China mainland who arrived in Peninsular Malaysia in the 19th century.

Mr Tan Chee Seng, is this your China Town house?

Most of the Chinatown houses are 2 stories with brick or concrete structure and wooden flooring in the second storey.

Some still keep its wood carving on the windows and huge heavy wooden front doors.



I was surprised to see a shop selling pork in China Town, Terengganu.

There is also a Chinese Temple standing at the corner. The local believe that ‘Goddess’ of this temple has given them very accurate guidance and ‘protection’ during hard times.

Beautiful carvings on the temple perimeter wall.


The colourful dragon roof of the temple has created a unique and beautiful photographing spot for photo taking.

These century old building are now sundry shops, coffee shops, offices, batik and souvenir shops, restaurants etc.



We had our second breakfast cum lunch at this T.Homemade cafe that had very good variety of street food.


Our new wedding couple in China Town Terengganu - Ms Wei Wei and George Ling​.

The very narrow lane in Chinatown that being beautified and themed with art works about turtle to remind us of the endangered status of turtles that nest at the beaches of Terengganu.

Women batik shop in China Town Terengganu.





The new guys on the block in Terengganu China Town.

We are in Taman Tamadun Islam.

Tok Ku Paloh Jetty, Kuala Terengganu that provides TTI River Cruise. Located within the jetty complex is the Terengganu Arcade, with souvenir shops selling crafts representative of the state.

The Tok Ku Paloh Jetty is by the bank of the Terengganu River at Taman Tamadun Islam, Kuala Terengganu.

The purpose of the jetty is for the TTI River Cruises, where visitors can get to cruise along the Terengganu River and enjoy the splendid views of Taman Tamadun Islam as a backdrop.

The Kuala Terengganu River.


The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

A grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal. The mosque is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man.

The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. It was officially opened on 8.2.2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. It has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time.

Our handsome JP Anandan admiring the mosque.



Gelanggang Seni is the cultural centre of Kota Bahru to watch a variety of Malay traditional activities such as Rebana Giant drum performances, silat martial arts and gasing top spinning demonstration.


A traditional Malay Music instrument made from wood and buffalo or cows skin played in various customs ceremonies as well as in certain competition and sport.


This type of rebana drum is the only drum with a decorative pattern on the body and the face.


The traditional musician for the silat martial arts demonstration.






Silat is the diversity of the Malay martial arts usually be performed at wedding ceremony and accompanied with traditional musical instruments such as serunai, gong and gendang.


Gasing with approximately 11.5cm diameter with an average weight of 5.5kg.

When hurled to the ground it will twirl and a handle made by woods is used to hold it to be on a metal plate for about 2 hours if well executed.



You need strength and skill to tie the spinning rope to the top.

When completed it looks like this and is ready to hurl.

In the districts of Besut and Setiu, the spinning or flying tops (Gasing Terbang) are played to spin the longest.


The flying tops, if expertly hurled, can spin for as long as 2 hours when spun and thrown by an expert spinner who uses his strength, strategy, and skill.



Wat Phothikyan (Twin Dragon Temple) ~ Standing Buddha, Bachok in Kelantan Malaysia. For information visit the blog below: http://jetunnel.blogspot.my/2016/02/wat-phothikyan-phutthaktham-aka-twin.html
The colourful ‘twin dragons’ are 598 meters long and completely surrounds the temple, is the longest wall shaped like ‘twin dragons‘ in Southeast Asia.


The amazing 108-foot-tall statue of a standing white Buddha at Wat Phothikyan located in Kampung Balai, Bachok, Kelantan that can be seen from far away welcoming visitors. Inside the standing Buddha statue is made from white mosaics carved with Buddha images on the wall.

The double storey Vihara of 'Kuan Yin' building, with the 'Kuan Yin' statue in the center.



















Mr Karunan took us for dinner at Chengmai Thai Food Restaurant at Kampung Kulim, Wakaf Baru; beside the railway track about half an hour’s away from KB town. As it was a weekend in KB the traffic was horrendous thus the journey took slightly longer than usual.

The kerabu mango as appetizer at No.107, Kampung Kulim, Wakaf Bharu, Tumpat, 16250 Kelantan. Tel: 09-7190568

The ginger steamed fish (Pla Khengsom) in spicy lemon broth. Restaurant uses traditional attap roof, so even without air-cond, it's quite cooling dining there.

The popular fried Pandan Leaves Chicken.

Tom Yum Seafood. The Thai influences are very apparent in Kelantan especially eateries around this area of Tumpat.

The appetizing seafood in Otak-otak - various types of seafood (prawns, squid, crab) wrapped in tasty otak-otak.

Steamed squid in spicy lemon broth.


Evening was Nilam Puri ghost story telling fellowship at the home-stay with some cold beer and whiskey till pass midnight. Many thanks to JP Anandan for the many terrify and frightening ghost story, Siva for the cold beer and George Ling for Dewar's whiskey.


Many thanks to Siva for the cold beer and George Ling for Dewar's whiskey.

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