Not much changes here. I do see a new flyover and a new bridge across the river under construction. Life goes on without much hurry, same as before. And the food is still as good. There is always the feeling of going back in time when entering this state.
The Thai town nearest to Kota Bharu is Golok. Once a bustling town full of Malaysians shoppers, is now like a ghost town due to insurgents bombing. We made a day trip by walking across the border and realised that it is too quiet.