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Pantai Suri Floating Market in Kelantan

 

Pasar Terapung Pantai Suri Kelantan

I am sure many of you know that there is a Pantai Suri Floating Market in Kelantan? Yes, even I did not know until someone highlighted this attraction to me recently.

And to top things off, this is the first-ever Malaysian floating market to take after the Klonghae floating market in Hat Yai, which was conceptualised and opened in 2016.

Pantai Suri Floating Market in Kelantan

Well, I am yet to visit this interesting hidden gem in Kelantan, but judging from what I have seen in photos and videos, this place looks like an exact replicate of the Klonghae floating market Hatyai.

Why? Because the entire concept is similar and over in Hatyai, it is the Thai-Muslims that run the show while over here, it is the Kelantanese who are running it.

Kota Bharu Pantai Suri Floating Market
The specially built signboard at the floating market area.

The wooden boats are similar where they come and dock side-by-side by the river bank to sell their food and drinks.

The only setback I have seen is that the sellers are much more matured here in Pantai Suri Floating Market than a much younger group in Klonghae.

This place is also called by other names such as Pulau Suri Floating Market, Kelantan Floating Market or Pasar Terapung Pantai Suri in Malay.

Kelantan Floating Market
Food vendors at the floating market.

What Can You Buy from the Pantai Suri Floating Market?

Well, it is very localised; therefore, you can expect a lot of Kelantanese delicacies ranging from desserts to snacks to even full meals like rice and noodles.

Expect what you generally see at a local Kelantanese night market or pasar malam, just that the items are all sold from a vendor in a boat.

The gimmick is that these vendors sell their food from boats, and when you pay, they extend a stick with a container to collect the money from you.

Pantai Suri Floating Market Location Map
The location of the floating market in Kelantan.

Where is the Kelantan Floating Market?

This market's location is towards the mouth of the Kelantan River, where it goes out to the South China Sea.

From Kota Bharu City, the floating market is about 11.2km and a 20-minute drive to the jetty where you need to take a local boat to the floating market.

The boat ride also takes about 15 minutes but depending on the boats' frequency and usually on weekends, there is more boat available.

A Google Map showing where the Kelantan Floating Market is

How to go to Pantai Suri Floating Market in Kelantan?

Okay, this may be a little tricky, but it is not as easy as one thinks. First of all, there are no roads that lead here and only rivers.

So, there are many rivers and small estuaries located around this part of Kelantan, which you may need to ask locals for directions if you are not from here.

The easiest way to get here is to take the local boat services offered by the jetties around the kampungs. 

From Jeti Kuala Besar Masseroja Village - It will take about 15 minutes one-way to the floating market, and this is the easiest from Kota Bharu. The boat ticket price is RM2.00 per person.

From Jeti Kok Majid - It will take around 40 minutes one-way to the floating market, and this is from the other side of the Kelantan River opposite Kota Bharu. The boat ticket price is RM5.00 per person.

Pasar Terapung Kelantan
A customer buys drinks from a boat vendor.

Renting a Private Boat

This is something that large families or those wanting some privacy will do, as many offer a full boat rental.

The price varies among the locals, but you should just be careful that the boat you rent is a properly licenced boat operator and not some teenager who wants to make a quick buck.

And you should also ask if the boat comes with safety equipment like life jackets and so on.

Another New Floating Market in Kelantan

Apparently, there is another floating market that opened up in recent years, and it is called the Pasar Tani Terapung Pengakalan Datu by Sungai Peng Datu.

This one seems to be much closer to Kota Bharu than the Pantai Suri floating market. There is also another one called Tumpat Floating Market which I plan to visit one of these days.

Pantai Suri Floating Market (Pasar Terapung Pantai Suri)
Time: 8.30 AM to 4.00 PM
Day Open: Saturday Only
Entrance Fee: RM1.00 Adults, Free for Kids

Notes: Because of Covid19, the market may not be in operation. Best to double check before going.

Kota Bharu Floating Market
Suri Floating Market, photo by Lubur.com.my.

Conclusion

Since the Covid-19 has kind of crippled the world tourism travels, each country has been stepping up on their own local domestic campaigns.

This is also a great time to start exploring your own country, and over here in Malaysia, there is so much to discover that all you need to do is explore.

I have been saying this for years since I started promoting Malaysia, my home, to foreigners and locals, and you can easily see from my articles how many beautiful places there are.

If you are thinking about going somewhere different, I would recommend taking a self-drive trip towards the east coast and northeast of Malaysia.

It is here that you will come across some of the little hidden gems like this Pantai Suri floating market in Kelantan, among many others.

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