2014 is the Visit Malaysia year. It is the year when this beautiful country, already full of delights, will get even more beautiful and inviting. In this year, Malaysia will witness the nation’s biggest and grandest tourism celebration ever. So if you have been fantasizing, about Malaysia, pack your bags. In fact, if you’ve been dreaming of traveling to some exotic land, you should still pack your bags because Malaysia will meet all criteria you have in mind.
And this year may be the best year to visit Malaysia, 2014 being the Visit Malaysia year! This is the perfect time to see, feel and experience all the endless wonders about Malaysia as the year will be packed to the brim with non-stop festivals and events!
As for me, I am all charged up about making the most of this Visit Malaysia year and I would like to share my plans here on my blog with all you lovely reads too 🙂
There are so many delights waiting to be discovered in Malaysia that I cannot help myself from crafting an endless dream itinerary! But here are the top 5 things I want to experience in Malaysia out of all its other wondrous offerings!
Now before I begin, let me tell you that there are a MILLION places in Malaysia which will enthrall any kind of tourist, including me. So my itinerary will include beaches and islands like Langkawi and Sipadan; city experiences from Kuala Lumpur and Gentings Highlands; and the natural adventurous beauty of Batu caves and Cameron Highlands. But I’m also looking to gain some interesting off-the-track experiences when I visit Malaysia. And this blog-post is about those experiences. I’ve also included dates, along with snapshots of dedicated websites / pages, of these events / experiences for those among you who would want to experience them too.
I’m sure you will find these useful because you can find information about the other popular Malaysian spots in many other travel magazines and websites. So, here I go.
Off-beat experience #1
21 – 22 March 2014 – Sepang International Circuit, Selangor.
Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) was introduced following the success of Future Music Festival (FME) in 2008, a two-day music festival at five major cities in Australia with 40,000 attendees. In 2014, the FMFA safari is being hosted in Malaysia’s iconic monument, and former home to the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. It brings together massive music fest lovers from across the world and promises the best artists and an ultimate experience. This year’s FMFA is expected to gather an approximate thirty international artistes from different genres of music.
Off-beat experience #2
28 – 30 March 2014 – Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
I have always dreamt of attending the F1 in Malaysia, at least once in my lifetime. All my fingers and toes are crossed that 2014 be the year when I get t do so! When I imagine myself amid that adrenaline-pumping and heartbeat-speeding action at one of the most awesome tracks in the world, I feel that it will be a dream come true experience. With its extreme hot and wet conditions, Sepang International Circuit is a challenge even for the finest drivers in the world. And for the audience, well, it will be an out-of-the-body moment being there!
Off-beat experience #3
25 – 27 April 2014 – Semporna, Sabah
As I read on the Sabah Tourism website, the Regatta Lepa is an annual event that pays homage to the lepa, a traditional single-mast sailing boat of the Sea Bajau of Semporna. A flotilla of colorful boats dot the Celebes Sea as they compete for the title of ‘Most Beautiful Lepa’. The celebration continues with various cultural performances, the Lepa Beauty Pageant, cultural performances, fireworks display as well as traditional and contemporary sports and games. This event seems like a beautiful convergence of culture, sport and much more, so I’m keen to add it to my dream list of things to do in Malaysia.
Off-beat experience #4
23 – 29 June 2014 – Perkampungan Portugis, Ujong Pasir, Melaka.
As the VMY website tells me very intriguingly, this annual state event commemorates the traditions of Portuguese fishermen of yesteryears and is celebrated to this day by the locals of Portuguese descend that reside in the Portuguese Village. Any visitor to this festival should prepare to feast with a vast variety of authentic delicacies and foods such as Devil’s Curry and bask in the traditional dances amidst an atmosphere of festivity and hospitality. Again this seems like an ideal ground for me to first-hand soak in the cultural richness of this beautiful country.
Off-beat experience #5
1 November 2014 – Port Dickson, N. Sembilan.
As the Tourism Malaysia website tells me, the thought behind this programme is to bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate Deepavali and foster unity and harmony of the Malaysia spirit. The programme includes cultural performances with traditional delicacies served to guests. Deepavali being my favorite festival out of all the Indian festivals, I’m very keen to experience it in Malaysian style and splendor!
The image of me soaking in the Malaysian hospitality and wonders is so bewitching that I feel satiated and satisfied already! Now I just can’s wait to actually get there and write a blog-post on all my wondrous experiences and memories!