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RANTAU PANJANG, KELANTAN

LOCATION
Rantau Panjang is a town in Kelantan, Malaysia. It is one of the first border towns between Malaysiaand Thailand in the West Coast of Malaysia. Rantau Panjang itself is situated approximately 40km from Kota Bharu, the capital city of Kelantan. One can travel from Rantau Panjang and Kota Bharu through Pasir Mas. Once a traveller leaves Rantau Panjang and crosses the Thai border and the river named Sungai Golok, they will arrive in the Thai border town of Sungai Kolok. Rantau Panjang and Sungai Kolok are connected by the Rantau Panjang–Sungai Golok Bridge, or more popularly known as the ‘Harmony Bridge’, which reaches across Sungai Golok (Wikitravel, 2014).

TOPONYMY
Rantau Panjang is situated approximately 45km to Kota Bharu and is a popular tourist’s destination. It is also one of the main routes of entry into Malaysia from Thailand. This town is named after the longhouse arrangements which were built during the construction of the the Kelantanese railroad tracks in 1915. ‘Rantau Panjang’ can be defined from the Malay as meaning “a long journey in either time or distance” (Azam, 2013).

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ATTRACTION
Rantau Panjang’s Tax Free Zone offers a variety of items up for sale such as football jerseys and children’s toys for a much reduced price as there are no taxes involved (CutiKelantan, 2012). Visitors to Rantau Panjang would thus be able to shop leisurely without having to break their bank.


The Malaysia - Thailand Border
Chinese Muslim Mosque
Local Market

Local Business of Rantau Panjang
Local Business of Rantau Panjang
Local Business of Rantau Panjang
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