drive to drive
definition: to take road trips just for the pure joy of driving & exploring
After traversing the Penang Bridge, you take the Butterworth Kulim Expressway to get to the East West Highway. This highway climbs through the highlands that split the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia in two, and edges along the Thai border before dropping to Kota Bahru on the east coast.
The East West Highway is a solitary road that wounds through some of the most ancient jungle in the world as it bridges Lake Temenggor. Taking this road affords you mountainous vistas and even a view of the huge Temmengor Lake.
Yati Ayam Percik
Once you reach Kota Bahru, you can lunch at the famous Yati Ayam Percik. This talked-about restaurant is located along Jalan Long Yunus. Popular dishes here are the Ayam Percik, Gulai Kawah and Pulut Panggang.
White House Kopitiam
This famous old coffee shop is located next to the Sultan Ismail Petra Arch and Istana Jahar. It is famous for its local coffee, toast, half-boiled eggs. You can also enjoy their packed Nasi Berlauk and Nasi Dagang.
Siti Khadijah Market
Not far from White House Kopitiam is Siti Khadijah Market. The lowest floor houses the wet market where fresh produce like fruits and vegetables, poultry are sold. One obvious feature is the peddlers are all women.
Second floor is where you can find dried foodstuff such as the popular keropok ikan, cashew nuts, pistachios, salted fish, etc. On the third floor, clothing forms the main products there.
This former royal residence turned museum is easy to find and it is unique as it is about Kelantan’s royal family’s rituals and traditions.
It has intricate woodmanship that reflects the Malay architecture and houses artifacts, photos, costumes, weaponry, utensils used by the Kelantanese royal family.
There are many other museums located near Istana Jahar including Istana Balai Besar.
Cendol Pulut Tapai
The famous Cendol Pulut Tapai or CPT for short can be found at a roadside stall near the stadium and opposite Perdana Specialists Hospital.
Their version of cendol is different from what is found in Klang Valley or Penang. Besides the normal ingredients, there is something extra – tapai or fermented tapioca.