Bachok

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Bachok
District of Malaysia
Country  Malaysia
State Flag of Kelantan.svg Kelantan Darul Naim
Seat Town Bachok
Government
 • District officer D.O
Population (2009)
 • Total 138,200

Bachok is a territory (jajahan) and town in Kelantan, Malaysia. It is located 25 kilometers east of Kota Bharu. It borders Pasir Puteh to the south and Kota Bharu to the west. Bachok district's mukims (smaller subdivisions) are Tawang, Perupok, Repek, Telong, Gunung, Mahligai, and Bekelam. The focus of Bachok's economy is agriculture, primarily tobacco plantations.

Origin of name[edit]

There are several versions of the origin of the name of Bachok.

According to one version, Bachok was named after a person called Tok Bachok(atif), who was believed to be the first settler in the area. Traders from China anchored in Pengkalan Cina in Bachok long time ago to trade silk and spices.

The more popular version of the origin of Bachok's name, according to local inhabitants, originated from two Siamese words, Ban and Chak. Ban means village and Chak means nipa (a native mangrove plant). The local Siamese called and still call this place Ban Chak, originally referring to the more populated and possibly a much earlier settlement immediately to the south of Bachok town, the actual Kampung Nipah today. The Bachok town was possibly part of the larger Kampung Nipah then. The pronunciation of Ban Chak was later invariably changed to Bachok to suit the local Malay accent.

Places of interest[edit]

A beautiful beach, known as Pantai Irama or 'Melody Beach' is in Bachok.

  • Pantai Irama (Beach of Melody) is famous for its gently sloping beach that extends far into the clear blue water of the South China Sea. It has been said that Pantai Irama is Kelantan's most beautiful beach and this is evident from the regular visitations from picknickers especially around the weekends.
  • Located 1 km north of Bachok, Pantai Irama (Beach of Melody) has good visitor facilities, including motels, camping grounds, restaurants where you can dine on sumptuous local dishes, public restrooms as well as boats for hire, should you wish to explore the coast.
  • Pantai Irama is located just 1 km north of Bachok, roughly 20 km southeast of Kota Bharu.

The small towns of Beris Kubor Besar (kg Pak Pura), Perupok, Jelawat and Wakaf Zin are famous for their wet markets and competitive groceries prices.

Wat Phithikyan Phutthaktham, a Buddhist temple in Kampung Balai, is worth visiting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azhar, Syed (2009-08-05), Residents erasing Bukit Marak history, The Star, retrieved 2010-03-18 
  2. ^ Azhar, Syed (2009-08-10), Museum wants Bukit Marak saved, The Star, retrieved 2011-03-18 

Coordinates: 6°04′N 102°24′E / 6.067°N 102.400°E / 6.067; 102.400