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.
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).
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. The pronunciation of
Ban Chak was later invariably changed to Bachok to suit the local Malay
Malays are the predominant ethnic group in Bachok, like the rest of
Kelantan. Chinese and Siamese are the minority groups in Bachok. Chinese
population is quite scattered through-out the district of Bachok whilst
the Siamese mainly live in Kampung Balai, 3 km to the north of
A beautiful beach, known as Pantai Irama or 'Melody Beach' is in Bachok.
The beach 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 picnickers especially around the weekends.
The nearby villages, Beris Kubor Besar (Kampung Pak Pura), Perupok,
Jelawat and Wakaf Zin are famous for their wet markets and competitive
Wat Phithikyan Phutthaktham, a Buddhist temple in Kampung Balai, Bachok is