Cruises from Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu (New City) is the capital of Kelantan, a state of Malaysia. It lies near the coast on the N side of the Malay Peninsular, 16km from the border with Thailand. The city lies about 10km upstream on the Kelantan River, which flows northwards into the Gulf of Thailand. It was on the nearby coast that Japanese forces entered the Malay Peninsular on 8 December 1941 and ultimately captured Singapore.
The city was first settled in 1844 and established by Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan, and the old palaces are still used by the current head of Kelantan State, Muhammad V. The palace gates and former royal buildings can be viewed in the centre of the city.