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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Experience Malaysia June
What's on in June?
We’re already halfway through the year and June promises to be an exciting, adventure-filled month with a mix of exhilarating activities. For those looking for a little thrill, come get that adrenaline fix at a few newly-opened theme parks, which are sure to get your blood running! For a more laid-back but culturally filled vacation, there is a scenic sunset music festival at the tip of Borneo in Sabah, and a dance festival in Kuala Lumpur.
Also, let’s not forget that Muslims will be observing the fasting month of Ramadhan. In conjunction with this, many organisations will also hold Iftar sessions (breaking fast), among them is Iftar@KL. May we take this opportunity to welcome everyone to Malaysia, and to all Muslims, may all of us stay healthy and enthusiastic to perform our obligations to reap the best rewards.
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SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL
Embark on a musical journey at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau in Sabah, the northern-most tip of Borneo. Delight in an evening of classical favourites and contemporary tunes brought to you by a talented line-up of performers as the sun sets over the Sulu and South China Seas. You won’t want to miss this amazing musical experience. The stage is set for one of the most breathtaking outdoor musical events of the year – right here at the iconic Tip of Borneo!
Date : 5 to 6 June 2015 Venue : Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah Organiser : Sabah Tourism Board/Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Contact : +6088-232 121 Website : www.sunsetmusicfest.my
MALAYSIAN DANCE FESTIVAL The 2015 Malaysian Dance Festival brings together international and local choreographers, dancers and students in an exciting showcase of creative expression. Witness amazing choreography, and colourful set-ups as this event has been known to have crowned over 16 dance groups, eight from each traditional and modern category. Contestants will be judged in terms of performance, choreography, creativity and best costume. Come and support some of the finest dance crews battling it out at the DBKL auditorium at the 2015 Malaysian Dance Festival this June.
Date : 4 to 6 June 2015 Venue : City Hall Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur Organiser : National Department for Culture and Arts Contact : +603-2614 8200/ 8283/ 8203 Website : www.jkkn.gov.my
1MALAYSIA MEGA SALE CARNIVAL The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival makes up one of the three major shopping events in the country, transforming Malaysia into a festive shopping paradise for more than two months. Retail outlets, malls, and shops selling a variety of products ranging from luxurious goods to electronics and souvenirs offer great discounts and bargains during this special time. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of shopping in Malaysia, the events, competitions and retail experiences during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival.
Date : 27 June to 31 Aug Venue : Throughout Malaysia Organiser : Shopping Secretariat Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia Contact : +603-8891 8000 Website : www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my
MALAYSIAN GAWAI DAYAK OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION
Throughout the years, the Gawai Day has become a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community. It is a day of giving thanks to the spirits that have bestowed a bountiful harvest to the community, and marks the preparation for a new farming season and life in general. The whole community takes part in the celebration which involves a lot of rituals, singing, dancing and sharing of traditional food and drinks such as tuak, a wine made of fermented rice. Enchant yourself by the various cultural performances and traditional delicacies.
Date : 5 to 6 June 2015 Venue : Sarawak Organiser : Ministry of Tourism Sarawak Contact : +6082 246 575 Website : www.mot.sarawak.gov.my
KUANTAN160 CENTURY RIDE Attention to all avid cyclists around, the Kuantan160 Century Ride is back! The race, set in the scenic east coast town of Kuantan, Pahang, will challenge cyclists to complete a gruelling ride over 160 km. The journey is enriched with the culture and architecture of Kuantan. However, expect the hot weather and elevations to give you a real challenge. Whether you want to ride with a couple of friends or get a real work-out, this event invites you to challenge yourself and take a shot at surviving the 160 km bike ride.
Date : 7 June Venue : Kuantan, Pahang Organiser: Pahang Tourism and Culture Office Contact : +609 517 1111 Website : www.kuantan160.com THE ORCHARD WELLNESS AND HEALTH RESORT MALAYSIA The Orchard Wellness and Health Resort is a destination spa which advocates maintaining wellness in a natural green environment where one can seek healthcare treatment in a restful setting. Combining modern science and holistic treatments, the resort encourages healthy living in every aspect. Experience a secluded world of nature and serenity located within 100 acres of the world’s largest collection of tropical fruits estate, while you nurture yourself back to health!
MALAYSIA’S TADAU KA’AMATAN: OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION (MRTM- TADAU) Come together and celebrate the Tadau Ka’amatan in Sabah! This month-long Harvest Festival celebrates the cultural lifestyle of the Kadazandusun community of Sabah. It is held to welcome the new Harvest Season and to offer gratitude for the good harvest. The event is usually celebrated with general merry-making, cultural performances, traditional sports, and of course, the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Festival Queen) pageant. Guests will be enthralled by cultural performances and traditional delicacies. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to experience the hospitality and celebrations of the Sabahans.
Date : 6 June Venue : Ranau, Sabah Organiser : Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Contact : +603- 8000 8000 Website : www.motac.gov.my
PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON The Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) is a sports event catered to serious runners as well as amateur ones from both local and international grounds. The main attraction is the opportunity to run across the iconic bridge that connects the island to mainland Malaysia. Uniting thousands of marathon enthusiasts annually, the run is well known for the captivating sight of the sunrise over a panoramic Penang. Very popular among sportsmen, school-going youngsters, working adults and families in search of a good time, the PBIM comprises of a full marathon, a half marathon, a quarter marathon and a 10 kilometre fun run opened to those above the age of 13.
Date : 14 June Venue : Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge, Penang Organizer : Penang State Tourism Development Committee Contact : +60 016 411 0000 Website : www.penangmarathon.gov.my
The month of Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims all over the world. Muslims refrain from eating and drinking, but come evening, they prepare to break their fast with special meals, prayers and spiritual gatherings. Experience the breaking of fast right in Kuala Lumpur’s bustling heritage environment with Malaysians of all races at Iftar@KL. What can you expect? The Jalan Raja road will be closed to traffic and special mats will be rolled out for the public to “picnic” on the road and enjoy a free meal when the time comes to break the fast at around 7:30 pm. Quranic recitations, mass prayers, bubur lambuk (a type of traditional porridge) demonstration, and special talks are scheduled from 5pm to 10pm. This peaceful mass gathering in the city is a great way to reflect on unity, spirituality and the beauty of a diverse population. All are welcome!
Date : 20 to 21 and 27 to 28 June 2015 (3 to 4 and 10 to 11 Ramadhan) Venue : Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur Organiser : National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) Contact : +603 2614 8200 Website : www.jkkn.gov.my
The Malaysia Tourism Awards The Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2014/2015. The prestigious Malaysia Tourism Awards, which recognises and honours local and international tourism industry players for outstanding and innovative products and services, is held once every two years; this will be the 19th edition of the esteemed awards. Members of the local and international travel trade fraternity and the media are invited to submit their nominations for fourteen award categories. Download nomination forms from www.tourism.gov.my and www.motac.gov.my. Call +603 8891 8000 for enquiries. Closing date is 30 June 2015.
New Adventure Theme Parks in Malaysia!
Joining well-established theme parks Sunway Lagoon and Legoland are new and unique adventure spots that offer visitors an exhilarating time.
Located in the newest shopping mall, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, District 21 (district21.com.my) offers activities for all visitors to get you climbing, jumping, riding, sliding and flying. It’s a fairly small space, but loaded with challenging rides including – if you dare – an obstacle-course 20m up in the air. After a tiring day, enjoy great shopping and dining at the rest of the mall.
Dubbed as Malaysia’s first indoor trampoline park, Jumpstreet (jumpstreetasia.com) in Petaling Jaya consists of hundreds of interconnected trampolines from the floor right up to the walls. This amazing urban indoor playground welcomes visitors aged 3 years old. Jump around in the open court, play trampoline dodge ball or hone your aerial skills in the high performance area.
ESCAPE (escape.my) is an outdoor theme park in Penang built to offer a fun and safe adventure play environment amidst nature. It is the first environmentally friendly theme park in Malaysia. Its emphasis is on connecting with others and capturing a sense of adventure. Challenge yourself to an aerial obstacle course, climb trees, jump off high platforms and squeeze through tunnels and burrows.
Skytrex Adventure (skytrex-adventure.com) in Langkawi provides a tree-to-tree ‘sky-trekking’ experience where you can fly, swing, glide and dangle on the various aerial obstacles suspended above the lush tropical Malaysian rainforest. Experience the Malaysian rainforest in a unique way.
Note: While the theme parks welcome visitors of all ages, there are minimum height and weight requirements for some activities.
All information is correct at time of publication. Visitors are advised to contact the event organiser for the latest updates.