Positioned on the banks of the Kelantan River, Kuala Krai is a cosy town with traditional Malay restaurants, a popular shopping centre and tranquil natural scenery. It occupies an enviable position near Malaysia’s coastline and various nature reserves that feature cascading waterfalls, immersive hikes and unique flora and fauna.
Things to do
Kuala Krai’s serene atmosphere extends from its riverside location to the riverboats moored by its wooden jetties and the Dataran Cintawangsa park. Here you can kick back on soft grass for a picnic or take a leisurely stroll. If you’re seeking something with a bit more hustle, head to the Pkt Shopping Centre to browse unique Malaysian brands, before finding traditional ingredients at the Econjaya supermarket, which is surrounded by hawker stalls serving grilled delicacies.
You’ll find numerous natural attractions just a short drive out of town, such as the Air Terjun Lata Berangin waterfall or Lata Tembakah. The latter is a popular nature reserve with walking trails, a beautiful waterfall, scenic picnic spots and designated areas for swimming.
Are you looking for authentic Malaysian cuisine? Don’t miss dining at Kedai Haji Din Satay or Kedai Makan Kak Ani, both of which specialise in signature Malay noodle and rice dishes. There are also Western eateries along the main road running through Kuala Krai, as well as a bustling night market in the neighbouring town of Temangan.
You can drive or catch the train from Kuala Krai to Pasir Mas, where you’ll find an array of fascinating architectural structures, including Buddhist temples and mosques. Visit the Wat Phothivihan to see the 40-metre-long statue of a sleeping Buddha or see the 18th-century Kampung Laut Mosque, the oldest surviving mosque in Malaysia.
Kuala Krai is connected to neighbouring cities via train services and major highways. You can walk around the centre of town, while a vehicle is needed to explore the surrounding natural attractions.