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2/09/2016

10 Things You Must See in Malaysia


To fully experience this country, here are 10 Things You Must See in Malaysia and these are based on the uniqueness of what Malaysia has to offer to the visitors and travelers. I am also sure that even the locals have not seen all ten of the things listed here and for your next vacation, you should consider some of them. The must see things are located throughout Malaysia while the list below is in no order and they are;

Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia's landmark
1. Petronas Twin Towers - The structure that put Malaysia on the world map, these majestic and beautiful twin towers is the number one landmark of the country and possible the most photographed item in Malaysia too. They are located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. A beautiful KLCC Park is around the vicinity too.

Batu Caves with the golden Lord Murugan in the front
2. Batu Caves - One of the most unique caves in the world is the Batu Caves with a tiring 272 step climb up to the main cave entrance where you continue with more steps inside to the cave temple. Guarding the cave is the second tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world, standing at 42.7 meters (170 feet) tall and in bright gold.

A teenage Orangutan 
3. Orangutans - The closest relative to the humans, the Orang Utan is found at various places around Malaysia, including the local and national zoos. This dark brown-orange colored primate is a must-see in real life as they are absolutely stunning creatures. Some of them can be seen at conservation's and rehabilitation centers around Malaysia, namely at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center in Sabah and Semenggoh Orang Utan Center in Sarawak. This cute and interesting primate was also the mascot for Visit Malaysia 1990.

Proboscis monkey family, seen at Labuk Bay
4. Proboscis Monkey - One of a kind primate, the Proboscis Monkey is truly a wonder of nature where this monkey spots an extremely large nose making them very distinctive compared to other primates. They are only found on the island of Borneo, namely in Sabah and Sarawak and no where else in the world. You can book a wildlife river cruise in Sabah or Sarawak to spot the Proboscis monkey who was also the national mascot for Malaysia in 2015.

Can you see Abe Lincoln here in the Mulu Caves? 
5. Mulu Caves - Caves are normal, but going into the worlds largest cave chamber is an amazing experience by itself. Imagine 40 Boeing 747 Planes fitting into this chamber - that is how large the Sarawak Chamber is! Apart from this, you also have the opportunity to see millions of bats flying out on a daily basis from the mouth of the cave. As a bonus, you can also see a side profile of Abraham Lincoln when you look out from inside the cave. The Mulu National Park is also a UNESCO world heritage site offering a number of other caves to explore here. Most travel agents around Malaysia sell this package.

A firefly in the hand. Photo from Kampung Kuantan Fireflies
6. Fireflies - Malaysia is a well known haven for fireflies and there are over 20 locations that cater to this special kind of tourism, to see a natural phenomena of lights cause by thousands of insects. Think Christmas trees, hundreds of them covered with natural lights as you cruise along a mangrove just after sunset on a battery powered boat. Best place to see the fireflies in Malaysia are in Kuala Selangor and in Sabah Borneo. Many tour agents in the city sell these half day tours.

botanist Alastair Robinson smells a Rafflesia flower in Sabah Borneo
7. Rafflesia Flower - The world's largest flower known to exist and can be found around Malaysia. These mega massive flowers take nine months to bloom and only last for one to two weeks only. There are many species of the Rafflesia but the mother of all is called the Rafflesia Arnoldii which can be found in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo. The flower can grow to a width of one meter or three feet and can weigh around 15 pounds or 6.8 kg. You can also see some of the Rafflesia species around Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara in Peninsular Malaysia and most wildlife or nature tours would organise tours for this. I last saw the Rafflesia Flower at Gunung Gading in Sarawak in 2009.

Local Malaysian Ghost from the Ghost Museum in Penang
8. Ghost Museum - What? Ghost? Really? Yes, there is an actual Ghost Museum in Penang which showcases the many types of ghost in Malaysia and also from the region. The ghost figures or statues are also made from wax and visitors are allowed to take photos here. Would you? Anyway, you can find the Penang Ghost Museum at 57, Lebuh Melayu in Georgetown and the place is walking distance to many other interesting museums and attractions in this UNESCO world Heritage City.

A pit viper coiled around a bamboo structure in the Penang Snake Museum
9. Snake Temple - A Chinese temple dedicated to snakes, who would have thought of this interesting concept, but you can find this at the Penang Snake Temple, which has been around for a long time since the 1850's. Inside the temple, you can find venomous pit vipers coiled around small bushes and so on, but the smell of the burning incense within the temple lulls the snakes into a sense of zen, making them harmless to visitors. But don't try to get close or pick them up for a selfie, they are after all venomous and snakes.

Tourist watch pygmy elephants form a boat in Kinabatangan, Sabah
10. Smallest Elephant in the World - The Pygmy Elephant is almost half the size of a standard elephant, smallest in the world and can only be found in the state of Sabah on Borneo Island. Not only that, they are only seen around two places which is along the Kinabatangan River and Tabin Wildlife Reserve area on east coast Sabah. Specialized tours take you on boat cruises or 4WD adventures to try and spot these unique pygmy elephants who usually travel in herds. There is no guarantee that you can see them, as it is after all nature we are talking about. Trust me, I have tried four times and finally saw one male bull Pygmy Elephant on the fifth time in Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah in 2015. 

There you go, a list of  10 Things You Must See in Malaysia, based purely on the uniqueness of each of them and on a touristic value for those who plan to Visit Malaysia in 2016. If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please leave them below and enjoy your visit to Malaysia. 


2/08/2016

Chongqing Cable Car


If you are ever visiting this part of China, taking the Chongqing Cable Car is a must-do thing for anyone here. Why you may ask, but the truth be told that this is your once chance to take a cable car ride over the mighty Yangtze River. See, now you know that an it cost only 10RMB both ways and after riding this, you can cross this off your China bucket list. 

Alright, let's get to the details - Chongqing is actually one of the largest cities in China and perhaps in the world when you stand at one end and look across the Yangtze River, it kind of looks like New York with all the skyscrapers popping up from everywhere. 

Because the city is split into three parts by two rivers, the cable car system was built back in 1987 with a length of 1166 meters. Many locals prefer to use this mode of transport to avoid the traffic jams and the cable way journey lasts about 10 minutes one way therefore, if you can, get in first so you can have a great view and have your camera ready. Below are photos of the Chongqing Cable Car.

Notice the skyscrapers at the Chongqing CBD across the Yangtze River
The Chongqing Cable Car - I wonder if they will upgrade this.
Two way entry and exit system for the cableway
Cruising over the Yangtze River
The cable car passing some tourist boats that sail the Yangtze river
View from the other end where yo see the commercial side of Chongqing
To get here, the main entrance is at Changjiang Suodao where if you take a 10-15 minute walk from the Liberation Monument, you will also find it beside the Metro Station Xiaoshizi. You will most likely be staying on the non-commercial side of Chongqing too.

I would classify Chongqing as one of the up and coming tourism destinations of China with a lot spent on the tourism infrastructure here. There are many natural wonders and interesting attractions to be visited like the amazing Cloud Bridge Glass Skywalk and the Glass Cliff Walk at Yunyang

Those planning to visit this interesting city, AirAsia X flies to Chongqing from Kuala Lumpur with four direct flights a week and it is best to book in advance to get a good deal and when you arrive here, make sure you spend about an hour to explore and ride the Chongqing Cable Car. 


2/07/2016

Malaysia Forest City


Among some of the amazing mega projects here, Malaysia Forest City is planned in Iskandar Johor and this modern development will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia with a build up area of 1,386 hectares. The project will also be a lush urban gateway created on four man-made islands with an initial investment of RM175 Billion over the next 20 years. 

Forest City is designed by Sasaki Associates and will be the first and largest mixed-use green development in terms of the number of units to be built with a vertical greenery and smart city design theme. A total of eight industries including education, healthcare and tourism will be the main economic pillars of growth at Forest City Malaysia. This massive project will also see the place as a car-free zone with luxury green living that co-exist with smart technologies and amenities. 

Forest City Malaysia Phase One

Built on four man-made islands which are interconnected 
The first phase of Forest City will include modern condominiums and high-rise coastal residences which would open for global sale. The two to four-bedroom condominiums and high-rise coastal residences are exceptionally designed and are situated within leafy foliage corridors and car-free avenues with gated security. This will be followed by luxury villas which are soon to be announced. 

Country Garden Holdings is also in discussions with the Malaysian Government to set up dedicated entry points to the project with a light rail transit system and a ferry network that would link it to Singapore. There are also plans for a high-speed rail service between Singapore and Malaysia.

Next Phase

Further plans for Forest City will include landscaping large ground-level parks and waterfront systems, in addition to an interesting-sounding rooftop network of interconnected parks and gardens, in addition to mangrove swamps and a green corridor. check out some of the Forest City Artist Impressions below;

Forest City Malaysia Artist Impression
Night View of Forest City
Various artist impressions of Forest City in Iskandar Malaysia
Forest City Islands Size

There are four main islands which will be man-made and each of the islands will be interconnected by roads. Currently, reclamation works are ongoing at the site for the islands. They come in different sizes too which are;

Island One - 979 Acres
Island Two - 1896 Acres
Island Three - 405 Acres
Island four - 145 Acres

About Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV)

Country Garden Pacificview Sdn. Bhd. (CGPV) is a joint venture company between Country Garden Holdings Ltd and Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd, an associate company of Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor (KPRJ). 

CGPV is the master developer and creator for Forest City project, a mixed development comprising residential and commercial properties on four reclaimed island. 

The project completion spans over a period of 30 years. In 2015, CGPV has been doing a number of CSR work in Johor according to the Country Garden Pacificview Blog

You can also contact CGPV via email:
countrygardenmalaysia@gmail.com
askus@countrygarden.com.my

Google Map of the project taken in February 2016 - Notice the reclaimed island 
Forest City Malaysia Location

The location of this massive project is at the Tuas Second Link and just under the bridge. A local landmark would be between Kampung Tanjung Kupang all the way to Kampung Pok. You can see from the Google Map that the reclamation project is on going and and island is already there. 

Forest City Map
Planned facilities
Bigger map of Forest City
All photos here courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Malaysia Forest City was formally unveiled in January 2016 by Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd, a Hong Kong-listed property developer and the above is still in its infancy going through the planning and investment stage with reclamation work being done.

However, this mega project will be the talk of the world once everything goes as planned and I for one, hope to see this place with my own eyes, especially the tourism aspect of the Forest City Malaysia. 


2/06/2016

Places to Visit During Chinese New Year in Malaysia


For tourist visiting during the festive holidays, here are some places to visit during Chinese New Year in Malaysia. You may or may not know that most general places would be closed as the Lunar Chinese New Year holidays in Malaysia fall on the 8th and 9th of February which is a Monday and Tuesday. Most Malaysians will head back to their respective hometowns leaving the city empty, thus a fantastic time to explore the cities. 

As most of the common tourist locations would be opened, shopping malls, fast food restaurants and cafes will also be opened. The only places that will close during the holidays are the government sectors, Chinese run businesses like coffee shops and restaurants and some tourist spots. However, the best places to visit during Chinese New Year are always temples as they will come alive during this festive occasion. 

Kuala Lumpur - Thean Hou Temple

In Kuala Lumpur city, the best place to experience Chinese New Year would be at the Thean Hou Temple, which is decorated with 10,000 red lanterns and for the year of the monkey, the temple has also decorated the place with stone carvings imported from China relaying 24 stories of filial piety, collectively hailed as the Garden of 24 Filial Exemplars. 

Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur decorated with thousands of red lanterns
On 7 Feb, a Chinese New Year countdown is going to be held at Thean Hou Temple to welcome the arrival of Cai Shen which is the God of Prosperity or Wealth at 11.00 pm. Here, devotees can also pay homage and receive new year blessings until 3.00 am, which is also the Chinese New Year Eve. If you visit the temple on 9 Feb, lucky Ang Pow red packets will be given away to the public during at 11am. Overall, to experience CNY in Kuala Lumpur, this would be the best place to do so. 

To get here - There will be a free half-hourly shuttle bus service from Hotel Midah in Kg Attap and KL Sentral. Alternatively, you can take a taxi here which is about 10-15 minutes from KL city. From the National Palace (Intana Negara), it is a 20 minute walk and from Petaling Street, it is a 30 minute walk. 

Kuala Lumpur - Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple in Petaling Street
At the end of Jalan Petaling in Chinatown is the Chan Shu Yuen Temple which is also one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the country built around the late 1890s. Originally built as a clan house, the main purpose was to provide help and support for newly arrived immigrants from China. 

Chan Shu Yuen Temple is now a dual purpose temple and becomes lively during the Chinese New Year or other Chinese festivals. A note for this place as you should be discreet when visiting this place and respect the locals here.

The informal name of this place is also the Green Temple, due to the overall green paintwork. There was a rumor that during world war two, there was a secret tunnel that led to this temple, but in the 90's it was cemented up. It would have been a great tourist attraction if this rumor was authentic. 

To get here - Walk towards Jalan Stadium from Chinatown. 

Kuala Lumpur - Chinatown aka Petaling Street

The entrance to Petaling Street in KL
What used to be a very attractive place to visit has now changed over the last decade. Chinatown or Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur has become a serious tourist destination with vendors selling all sorts of souvenirs and knock offs while the traditional Chinese traders have opted to move out. 

Hotels, guest houses and backpacker lodges dominate Chinatown whilst the city council decided to cover the place with a modern style roofing, losing it's originality. 

You can still try your luck by visiting Petaling Street during the Chinese New Year holidays and may even chance upon some local lion dances which can be heard from a distance. This is best seen during the day as when night falls, the night market comes to life. At the end of Jalan Petaling, there is another Chinese Temple 

Penang - Kek Lok Si Temple

If you are heading to Penang, Kek Lok Si will be the star attraction of the island as for this year, the temple has been transformed into a fairyland of lights for the Chinese New Year. This unique temple is arguably one of the best temples to visit in Southeast Asia as it is located on a hill. The journey to the temple takes you through a maze of souvenir shops at the foot before opening up to the majestic temple. The views are breath-taking from the top. 

The beautiful Kek Lok Si Temple photographed by Sam Lim from a distance
On 7 Feb 2016, which is Chinese New Year Eve, the 124-year-old monastery will be illuminated all the way up to the Kuan Yin Statue and Pavilion and this light spectacular will last till 22 Feb. Devotees and visitors can join in to add to the number of lights used by donating RM50.00 for each Chinese lantern and also receive the blessings of monks chanting to greet the new year. For photographers, this is one of the most beautiful places in Penang. 

To get here - The best way for travelers is to take a bus from the Komtar area. Buses #201, 203, 204, 206, 306 and 502 all go to Kek Lok Si, but you should double check with the bus driver before boarding. Price is around RM2.00 one way. Alternatively, take a taxi, a little faster be prepared to pay around RM25-30 one way and maximum four persons per taxi. Walking here from George Town is not recommended as it is too far. 

Penang  - Khoo Kongsi 

Located in the UNESCO town area of George Town, the Khoo Kongsi is another place to witness Chinese New Year in Penang. This fascinating temple cum clan house is one of the mot famous in Penang and located in Canon Square along Lebuh Aceh and Cannon Street. The intricate carvings and statues are not to be missed as this is Malaysia's best kept clan house. A price applies to those wanting to enter this clan house too. 

A pair of Lions at Khoo Kongsi, photo from KhooKongsi.com
To get here - George Town is best explored by walking and one can easily walk here. If you are coming out of George Town, you can take any of the main buses or a taxi into the city center. 

Melaka - Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

If you are heading to Melaka or Malacca for the Chinese New Year, you should visit the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia and also one of the oldest temples in Southeast Asia. The Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple was founded in 1645 and it is near the Jonker Walk area. This Chinese temple is also known as Kwan Yin Teng Temple. 

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest in Malaysia. Photo by FullofTravel.com
In 2003, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple received a UNESCO award for its exceptional state of preservation and the uniqueness of its architecture, evidence of the passage of the oldest Chinese communities in Malacca and Malaysia. Visit the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple on the eve of Chinese New Year and also on the first and second day to see how the locals do their prayers here.  

To get here - Walking distance around Jonker Walk and located along Temple Street. 

Sabah - Puh Toh Tze Temple, Kota Kinabalu

Puh Toh Tze Temple in Kota Kinabalu
If you are visiting Kota Kinabalu city, go to the Puh Toh Tze temple, which is a Buddhist temple located off Tuaran Road and built in 1980. 

Here, you will find ten large statues of deities and also the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, standing tall at the main entrance of the temple. A beautiful place to witness Chinese New Year, especially on the first day. 

To get here - Puh Toh Tze Temple is located 15km from KK city. Taking a taxi will cost RM15.00 one way and you need to arrange for your return with your taxi driver. 

Take Bus No.1 or No.4 from the bus station in front of Hotel Shangri-La Kota Kinabalu for RM1.50 per person and buses run from 6:30am to 8:00pm.

Sabah - Puu Jih Shih Temple, Sandakan

Headed to Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah? Then the Puu Jih Shih temple is the one place you must visit for Chinese New Year. Located on the top of a hill, the temple is about 5km away from Sandakan town and has three large statues inside with beautiful Dragon wrapped pillars. The main arch outside is a great photo spot too. 

Puu Jih Shih Temple entrance in Sandakan
Built in 1987 and recently underwent through a minor renovations, the temple will be the most popular place in Sandakan to witness locals coming here to pray. The bonus here is that you will also get some breathtaking views of the Sandakan Bay from the temple entrance that faces the sea. 

To get here -  It is recommended you take a taxi there for a price of RM6-8 one way and make sure you ask the taxi to wait for you. Walking is possible, but it's an uphill walk an may take around 30 minutes. 

Sarawak - Hong San Si Temple, Kuching

Hong San Si Temple in Kuching
Headed to Sarawak Borneo? There is a temple built in 1848 and located at the end of Carpenter Street in Kuching. The Hong San Si Temple is also famous for its traditional and ancient structure which comes with intricate and sophisticated stone carvings. The unique ornate roof is decorated with many colorful mythical animals and godly figurines making this one of the best looking temples in Borneo. 

Sarawak - Siew San Teng Temple (Tua Pek Kong Temple) Kuching

Tua Pek Kong Temple in Kuching
The most prominent temple by the Kuching Waterfront and the start of the Kuching Main Bazaar. Anyone visiting Kuching will not miss this place. 

Also known as the Tua Pek Kong Temple, this beautiful structure stands on a small hill overlooking the Kuching Waterfront and the Sarawak River. The Kuching Hilton and also the Harbourview Hotel is a landmark which is next to the temple. 

Built in 1823, the temple attracts many tourist and during Chinese New Year, a lot of devotees will be present to do their prayers and you can witness this one the first and second day of Chinese New Year in Kuching, Sarawak. 

Sarawak - Hiang Thian Siang Ti Temple, Kuching

Along Carpenter Street, there is the Hiang Thian Siang Temple which the Teochew people built in 1863. The temple is so small it is sandwiched between shop-houses but easily recognised by the decorations out front. The carvings on the walls and paintings on the temple doors are quite unique while inside, it is narrow and not east to move around, especially when there are many people here. 

Hiang Thian Siang Temple photographed at dusk
To get to the three temples in Kuching - A shot walk from any hotels around Kuching city. Landmark is near the Kuching Waterfront and along Carpenter Street.  


IMPORTANT - A very important note to travelers, photographers, youtubers and videographers - Please, I repeat, please do not interfere or get in the way when people are praying or performing some rituals. I have noticed some unethical people who stick their cameras in front of people's faces or move directly around them with their video cameras to so call 'capture the moment'. You can do so if you get prior permission from the person or persons, otherwise it is very very rude! Respect the culture and the culture will respect you. 

The list above is personally created by me based on visiting all these temples and places around Malaysia. Shopping malls and major attractions will be open during the festive season while there are many more places but this list lets the traveler experience what locals do when you explore the many places to visit during Chinese New Year in Malaysia. Happy Chinese New Year 2016. 


2/05/2016

Zika Virus in Malaysia


Zika Virus in Malaysia - Should tourists be worried? Well, as the world now goes into serious precaution, the Malaysian Health Ministry has confirmed that to date (5 Feb 2016), there have been no cases reported and precautionary measures have been placed throughout the country. Malaysian health officials also held a special meeting on 2 Feb on how to handle the virus, after the World Health Organisation declared it an international public health emergency.

For tourist coming to Malaysia, you should also take additional precautions, especially when traveling anywhere in the country by wearing clothes that cover the whole body and constantly using insect repellent. 

In the country, the health ministry tested 293 blood samples from local patients who showed symptoms of dengue fever but tested negative for the Zika virus. This was done up to 3 Feb 2016. The Health Ministry also announced that it would be monitoring health clinics and hospitals for signs of infected patients or cases of microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains that experts believe is linked to Zika. 

Zika Virus Country Chart, image by Statista
The Zika virus has been around for over 60 years but it has gone global over the past few weeks in late January 2016 with the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning that it has "explosive pandemic potential". Zika is a mosquito-borne disease that has symptoms similar to the dengue and chikungunya viruses. Transmission is currently active in several countries across the Americas, Pacific islands and Cape Verde.

On the recent world news, Spain has just confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, marking the first such case in Europe just this 5th February 2016. Other European countries including Ireland and Denmark have reported infections but Spain is the first case involving a pregnant woman.

Zika Virus Information - Provided by the WHO
Malaysia Zika Virus News

• For some really shocking news, the Zika Virus was found in Malaysia in 1969, according to The Star newspaper from Malaysia 2 Feb 2016.

• Channel News Asia ran a story that No Reports of Zika Virus in Malaysia dated 3 Feb 2016. 

Malaysia Health Ministry Issues Travel Advisory for 26 countries 3 Feb 2016.


• In a recent report from AsiaOne News, a positive case of Zika Virus was found in Sumetra, Indonesia dated 5 Feb 2016.

• The Borneo Post also ran a story on South America Holds a Meeting on the Zika Virus Spread dated 5 Feb 2016.

Some of the mosquito repellent products available in Malaysia
Prevention for the Zika Virus in Malaysia

The best mosquito repellents to use can be those off the shelf, but I would recommend the local made ones found in local drug stores and pharmacies around Malaysia. They also come in the form of sprays, roll on's, patches, wristbands and also mosquito vape units that can be plugged into any socket. After all, precaution is better than cure so that extra money spent on these repellents can be used throughout your travels. 

Antimos mosquito repellent
When I travel, my personal favorite mosquito repellent is Antimos, which is a gel type container that keeps the mosquito away, especially when I am traveling anywhere around southeast Asia as I always have this in my backpack. 

What I do is simply open the cover and place it nearby when I stop, or when I am moving, I keep it in the outer pocket of my backpack where it is exposed around me. I also carry two of them just in case. 

The good news is that Malaysia is currently safe from the Zika Virus and to date, there have been no cases reported or detected, therefore any visitors coming into the country should take extra precautions no matter where you visit in Malaysia. 

Travelers should also know that Southeast Asia is prone to the Aedes mosquito and it can be found at all countries therefore, travelers should be prepared when visiting these countries as the mosquito does not only live in the jungle but also in the towns and cities. Malaysia for one has been doing a lot of mosquito fogging and Aedes awareness over the year and since the latest news, the authorities have been doing triple work to prevent the Zika Virus in Malaysia. 


Borneo Jazz Festival 2016


The Borneo Jazz Festival 2016 will take place in Miri, Sarawak from 13-14 May and at the Parkcity Everly Hotel which has been the home for this inaugural jazz festival. Tickets are also on sale now while for this year's BJF2016, eight local and international artist will take stage during the two day event. 

Known previously as the Miri Jazz Festival, this is currently the longest running jazz festival in the region running its 11th year now and promising jazz fans an amazing time here in Miri, Sarawak. Apart from the festival, an outdoor bazaar will be the usual feature where visitors can find local food and handicraft apart from easy fast food like burgers. Soft drinks, beer and liquor is also available. 

The venue serves as a beautiful place where the beach is about 200 meters from the event and about 10 minutes drive into the main city of Miri. Rooms at the Parkcity Everly Hotel also provide some stunning views of the coast and not forgetting the view of the amazing Miri sunsets. 

A beautiful sunset at Brighton Beach in Miri
Borneo Jazz 2016 Band/Artist Line Up
• A.P.I - Malaysia and India
• Funkatorie - Malaysia
• Klazz Brothers - Germany
• Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra - Ivory Coast
• O Sister! - Spain
• Raw Earth - Singapore
• The Rad Trads - USA
• Yuichiro Tokuda's RALYZZDIG - Japan

Borneo Jazz 2016 Performers
The 11th Borneo Jazz Festival also expects to attract over 5000 visitors during the two day festival here and early bird tickets have been on sale since January until Feb 29, 2016. Prices are RM64 per adult for 1-day pass, RM104 for 2-day pass, RM34 for a child (7-12 years old) for 1-day pass or RM44 for 2-day pass and family package inclusive of two adults and two children – 1-day pass at only RM124.

Borneo Jazz Festival tickets are available at;
• Speedy Video stores in Miri
• TicketCharge Call Centres
• TicketCharge’s Kuala Lumpur and Penang offices
• TicketCharge authorised outlets
• Website: www.ticketcharge.com.my

Borneo Jazz Festival 2015 Information;
• Date: 13-14 May
• Venue: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak
• Time: 6.00 PM till Midnight
• Website: Borneo Jazz

Miri City
Apart from this music festival, there will also be the Rainforest World Music Festival 2016 which takes place in August. For more, you can also read about the many Music Festivals in Sarawak which take place throughout the year.

For jazz lovers in the region, this unique and niche festival showcases some of the top jazz musicians sourced locally and also internationally which is brought to you by the events team of Sarawak Tourism Board. The mission is to promote Miri as a destination for music and recreational activities as Miri is now known as a resort city which borders Brunei and Sabah. You can also read about last years Borneo Jazz Festival 2015.

Apart from the jazz festival, visitors can explore the many natural wonders around Miri, namely the UNESCO world heritage site of Mulu, the Niah Caves, multiple national parks and also do some scuba diving off the coast of Miri. Exploring the main town area is another experience where you can indulge in traditional local and ethnic food. With all that, you can expect a different kind of experience so see you at the Borneo Jazz Festival 2016!


 
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