The first quarter of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 or VMY 2014 sets to bring you a combination of shopping, festive, sports and cultural tourism events spread throughout the country. While most of the events take place in Peninsular Malaysia, there are a number of events which are happening over in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo Malaysia. The highlights include:
Malaysia Chinese New Year Open House Celebration 2014
Come and join in the festivities of celebrating the Year of Horse at the Malaysia Chinese New Year Open House Celebration 2014 in Taiping, Perak. Be enthralled by the Chinese cultural performances such as the exciting lion and dragon dance, traditional music and dance performance, together with the serving of delicious traditional delicacies during this 15-day Spring Festival.
Organiser: Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC)
Date: 8 February 2014
Venue: Taiping, Perak.
Contact: +6 03 8891 7000
Date: 15 February 2014
Venue: Miri, Sarawak
Contact: +6 085 415582
Known locally as the Festival Layang-Layang Sedunia, thousands of people make their way over to Pasir Gudang to catch some incredible swirling performances as kite-flyers from over 30 countries display their skills with their colourful and unique kites gliding across the Pasir Gudang sky.
The festival will be filled with domestic and international contests, demonstrations, spectacular ground displays, and some of the most amazing kites you will ever see including our very own traditional Wau Bulan, Wau Kucing and Wau Jala Budi. Don’t forget to visit the Kite Museum which is within the festival site too!
Organiser: Pasir Gudang Municipal Council
Date: 19 - 23 February 2014
Venue: Bukit Layang-layang, Taman Bandar Pasir Gudang, Johor.
Contact: +6 07 251 3720/21/22
1Malaysia Grand Prix (GP) Sale 2014
Held in conjunction with the annual 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, the 1Malaysia Grand Prix (GP) Sale 2014 is all set to tempt F1 fans to stay longer in Malaysia to enjoy great bargains and attractive offers throughout the two-month shopping fest. So let’s gear up for the race and load your shopping carts with all discounted and promotional items that you want in this shopping-paradise country!
Organiser: Shopping Malaysia Secretariat, Tourism Malaysia
Date: 1 March - 30 April 2013
Contact: +6 03 8891 8000
Witness one of nature’s most exquisite offerings at Raptor Watch 2014 as the migratory birds of prey such as Oriental Honey-Buzzard, Black Baza, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Chinese Goshawk and Grey-faced Buzzard fly over Tanjung Tuan before continuing their perilous journey to the Northern Hemisphere.
Organised by Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), this very significant event also aims to educate the public on the effects of climate change on raptor migration and the habitats that host them as well.
Organizer: Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Date: 8 - 9 March 2014
Venue: Tanjung Tuan PNB Ilham Resort, 10th Mile, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: +6 03 2287 9422
The Port Dickson 4x4 International Sand Challenge 2014 does not offer the usual challenges like jungle bashing, river crossing, rock climbing or getting stuck in deep mud up to your nose. It is an endurance event that will make you eat sand and drink sand.
Contenders from as far as Holland, India, and Ireland have confirmed their participation in this grueling competition. It will be a test of winching, handling, obstacles and may more!
Organiser: Negeri Sembilan Tourism Board
Dates: 8 - 9 March 2014
Venue: Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: +6 06 765 9725/9734
Set against the beautiful view of the valley, villages, and the majestic Mount Kinabalu, top pilots from as far as Hungary, Japan and Slovenia will gather to compete for the champion title. Now everyone can truly fly.
Organiser: Kinabalu Paragliding Club (KLUK)
Dates: 12 - 19 March 2014
Venue: Ranau Paragliding Park, Ranau, Sabah
Contact: +6 019 860 8700 (Major Haznain Ngamil), +6 010 534 7375 (Evelina Sitem)
Dubbed as the largest music festival to ever hit Southeast Asian shores, Future Music Festival Asia 2014 is back to take over and this time at the Mines Wonderland, Mines Resort City from 13 - 15 March 2014 with an estimated 75,000 fans expected to converge over the three days.
With the theme “Safari” this year, the festival features a colossal list of big names which includes Deadmau5, Paul Van Dyk and also the of Armin Van Buuren’s legendary ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons’. For outdoor concert and club music lovers, this is one event not to be missed!
Organiser: Future Music Australia and Livescape Asia
Date: 13 - 15 February 2014
Venue: Mines Wonderland, Mines Resort City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: www.futuremusicfestival.asia or www.facebook.com/futuremusicasia
Malaysia International Shoe Festival (MISF) 2014
Sexy stilettos, comfy flats, stylish pumps, trendy sneakers, classic leather wear- just name it, and you will find it at this four-day shoes extravaganza which will feature over 50 brands and more than 200 booths from international countries such as Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. It's a one-stop shoe shopping experience especially if you love shoes.
Organiser: Malaysian Footwear Manufacturers Association
Dates: 27 - 30 March 2014
Venue: Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +6 03 9285 5382, +6 012 273 5933
Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2014
Among the attractions and side events are hot-air balloon rides, Mountain Dew Extreme Zone, helicopter joy rides, and the back-by-popular-demand Night Glow event where hot air balloons and strobe lights are lit in sync to the sounds of popular music, creating a glorious atmosphere before culminating in a display of fireworks.
Organiser: AKA Balloon Sdn. Bhd.
Dates: 27 - 30 March 2014
Venue: Monument Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya.
Contact: +6 03 7981 8769/8712
Organiser: Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
Dates: 28 - 30 March 2014
Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
Contact: +6 03 8778 2200
Website: www.formula1.com or www.sepangcircuit.com