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Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012

The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 is back again for the 4th time here in Malaysia.

This year, the event will be held from 15 - 18 March and the time will be from as early as 7.00 m right till 9.00 pm at night. If you have not been here, let me just give you a run-through about the balloon festival.

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Review 

Firstly, you should expect a very large turnout as thousands of people from all over will be visiting the event which attracts international balloonists from all over the world.

These balloonists would bring their very unique shaped hot air balloons to participate in a balloon race and also showcase it to everyone. 

Among some of the unique shaped hot air balloons to look out for this the year would be the Square Hot Air Balloon (Germany), Coin Box Hot Air Balloon (Netherlands), Ivi the Kiwi Hot Air Balloon (New Zealand), Heart Hot Air Balloon (Switzerland), Tree Hot Air Balloon (USA), Birthday Cake Hot Air Balloon (USA) and Felix the Cat Hot Air Balloon (Vietnam).

These are only some of the unique shaped ones while there will be many other balloons on show there. [See the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Map at the bottom of the page]

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Festival

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

The best time to visit the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Festival would be early in the mornings on each day as you would avoid the massive crowds and also get a good parking spot around the area.

This area would be at the Putrajaya Boulevard where the main governmental ministries are located. One of the prominent landmarks would be the Ministry of Finance building here.

When you drive into the area, you would be able to spot the beautiful hot air balloons from a distance too.

Felix the Cat Hot Air Balloon

This festival attracts all walks of life in Malaysia namely families, couples and lots of photographers. As the festival is also held during the school holidays, it would be a great family outing and exposure for the kids.

Around the main ground area, you will find numerous food kiosks and stalls, souvenir stalls and even some fast-food chains participating in this event so food and drinks are easily sourced here.

Public toilets are also available while one of the highlights is an experience to ride in a hot air balloon for a small fee.

This ride takes the guest up to about a hundred feet in the air and then descend back down. Sorry as it is not a ride that takes you around Putrajaya.

You also need to be there early to buy your tickets for this ride as only 300 tickets are sold at RM10 per person.

Ticket booths are near the balloon rides and open at 7.30am for the morning session and 5.30pm for the evening session. Expect long lines here as many want to experience this.

Doraemon Hot Air Balloon during Night Glow

One of the interesting show to look out for are the Night Glow and Fireworks Show which is held only one night on the 17th March (Saturday) and it starts from 8.30 PM onwards.

Last year when I attended this show, it was pretty amazing as the balloons lit up to the tune of the music while fireworks decorated the night sky.

Great for kids and also photographers while it can be viewed from many angles.

Hot Air Balloons in the sky of Putrajaya

For an enthusiast, you have a chance to meet the balloonists at 10.30 am and also 5.00 pm around the event area.

For those wanting to learn more about hot air balloons, this would be the perfect chance for it. There are also helicopter rides for those wanting an experiencing flying in one of these metal birds.

This only is available on Sat and Sun from 9am to 4pm. But it comes with a price of RM130 per person.

Clowns at the Putrajaya balloon fiesta

An aviation show with paramotors and giant kite flying will also take place during the event so do not be surprised when you see these flying over your head while at the event.

Anyway, I hope to see you at this interesting event and below are some pictures from last year's hot air balloon festival.

Photos of the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

A unique blimp above a balloon

Inside a hot air balloon

Unique Tree Hot Air Balloon at night in Putrajaya

Very odd 'Upside Down' Hot Air Balloon during Night Glow in Putrajaya

Map to Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
 Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Area Map (Click to enlarge)

Final Thoughts on the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 

Here is an article on last year's Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2011 which was also reviewed by me, and also some random Hot Air Balloon Pictures from other years.

My personal tip to this event, bring good walking shoes and a good camera to capture some of the beautiful images. Bring an umbrella, raincoat or poncho just in case.

If you are doing night photography, bring a tripod along. Come early to avoid parking and traffic jams.

If you are coming late, park much further and walk to the event as the main parking area can get pretty congested, especially on Sat and Sun.

Apart from that, it's all good fun, a great experience and I hope to see you at the next Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.


Unknown said...

I wanted to go but I think am gonna miss it again :-(

anne said...

hopefully can go & watch this with my fam :)

Malaysia Asia said...

Sorry to hear that Tina.
Anne - Make sure you go early!

The rest, see you at the Hot Air Balloon Festival 2012 at Putrajaya this March!

Anonymous said...

how to get tickets to ride the big air? how much is it?

Malaysia Asia said...

Anon - You need to go to the event grounds and buy your tickets for the Hot Air Balloon Ride. Available on all 3 days too.

Eyetravelsolo said...

This is a very detailed & informative article David as usual. I will be arriving from Langkawi right when it starts, I've missed the Huge one in new mexico every year. I will bring the kiddo for sure. RE: to others, the Night Glow for the balloons is awsome.
And here's is a tip, listen up guy's. For those Love birds out there, ever thought about Proposing to your lady in a Hot Air Ballon? :)
Just don't drop the ring LOL. She will never forget that Proposa.

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Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks a lot Kevin. I am hoping to meet up with you during the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Festival this year. Anyway, you're right about doing that proposal thing in the air - fantastic!

Anonymous said...

the ticket is said to be limited 300..is it included the evening ride? i wanted to get a ride on it, and also wanna stay to watch the night glown event..so is it okay if i going at noon, and purchase ticket for evening ride? will all the tickets being sold out in morning?any advice?

Malaysia Asia said...

The evening ticket line starts to sell about 3-4 I think, but you best check with the officials there. Line up early as they sell really fast too.

Great ocean road tour said...

That looks beautiful. I have been to Putrajaya when i visited Malaysia. Its a beautiful place.

Ruth said...

Wow; these balloons look incredible! I had no idea hot air balloons came in so many different shapes, sizes, and designs (though I must admit, the gigantic clown face is a bit frightening). This seems like it would be a great sightseeing event. I bet it would be easy to get a good view of the balloons without getting too close to the crowds.

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