Still stuck on where to head this School holidays? Well Malaysia could prove just the ticket. Next month sees a full calendar full of events ranging from sports to culture, heritage to entertainment. Add in great food, sensational shopping and stunning beaches, and it’s sure to appeal to almost every taste.
Here are our top picks for events and attractions happening in Malaysia next month.
Regatta Sarawak & Dragon Boat Regatta
Head to Kuching for this remarkable annual traditional longboat race. Witness teams of up to 30 paddlers battling it out in the Sarawak River on decorated longboats, in the quest for the coveted King of the River title. Competition is fierce, with teams drawn from right across Malaysia as well as Indonesia and Brunei. Secure a spot along the 1.3 km Kuching Waterfront for the best view of all the action on the water!
1 – 30 September 2015
The Malay Heritage Museum
Explore an astonishing array of traditional Malay textiles, clothing and weapons and discover some unusual and some interesting facts about the Malay Peninsula’s original occupants. Learn how the Malays used a footnoting system in their manuscripts more than 300 years ago; how they practiced mind-mapping over 200 years ago; how they infused with healing herbs to protect warriors in battle; and about the gobek api, an invention which relied on a combination of pressure, compression and friction to light fire.
Located just outside Kuala Lumpur at Universiti Putra Malaysia, the Museum is a great way to keep inquisitive minds amused for an afternoon. Tours in English can also be arranged on request. Tickets are RM2 per person and the museum opens daily from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Sunday.
Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge
Anglers are sure to be tempted by the Royal Pahang International Challenge, Malaysia’s most prestigious annual offshore marlin and sailfish competition. Held at Kuala Rompin in Pahang State – the area known as the Billfish Capital of Asia attracts large numbers of sailfish and marlin from March to September each year.
The billfish at Kuala Rompin are not overly big, but it’s impossible not to be impressed by their beauty, incredible fighting spirit, breath-taking high leaps, somersaults and tail dances. All fish are released back into the sea following capture and weighing. Both participant and spectator will enjoy this action-packed, spectacular game fishing event!
11 – 13 September 2015
Crafts International Festival 2015
Each year Malaysia’s Crafts International Festival held at the Putra World Trade Centre showcases the amazing work of talented artisans and traditional crafts people from all over the world, with highlights including craft demonstrations and cultural performances from a variety of countries. This year’s Festival will feature over 400 exhibitors and offers up a great opportunity for visitors to pick up traditional and contemporary handicrafts including ceramics, pewter, textiles, bamboo and wood.
10 – 13 September 2015
37th World Arm Wrestling Championship
Arm wrestling is definitely not child’s play! And nowhere is it taken more seriously that at the 37th World Arm Wrestling Championship taking place in Putrajaya this September. With 1,500 competitors from 67 countries set to take part in 5 different weight classes over 10 days, it’s guaranteed to entertain.
25 September – 4 October 2015
Port Dickson International Bike Fest 2015
Petrol heads rejoice. The annual Port Dickson International Bike Fest brings together motorcyclists from right across South East Asia. Highlights include exciting, high-octane motorbike demonstrations, motorcycle owners’ carnivals, motorcycle club displays and Expos featuring all the latest innovations from motorcycle manufacturers and accessories companies. If you like your bikes, this is an event not to be missed.
4 – 6 September 2015
Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2015, ATP 250 World Tour
Kuala Lumpur is fast shaping up as South East Asia’s sporting capital with the recent announcement that some of the biggest names in tennis will be competing at the 7th Malaysian Open later this year. This year’s indoor hard court tournament will take place in KL from 26 September to 4 October with total prize money of US$1,041,540 up for grabs.
26 September – 4 October 2015