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Events and Festivals in Malaysia January 2016

Happy New Year to all readers and to kick start the year, here is a list of Events and Festivals in Malaysia for January 2016.

You will find a number of sporting and outdoor events and also some pretty amazing cultural festivals like Thaipusam 2016 where it is expected to see 1.6 million devotees and visitors attend this one-day event at Batu Caves. 

There is also the largest light show in ASEAN which is called the Unity ASEAN Lantern and Music Show showcasing giant lanterns from various countries of Asean.

Events and Festivals in Malaysia January

This will be a year-long show so you can catch this any time of the year here in Malaysia. And for theme park fans, another water and adventure park has opened in Johor called the Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park, which opened its doors to the public on December 2015.

So if you are visiting Malaysia in January, you can check out some of these events and festivals in Malaysia. 

14th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2016

The 14th edition of Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2016 or RLIR2016 will take place from 11 to 16 January 2016, and is organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC).

The annual event attracts sailors from the world over, to compete for the coveted Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy.

More than 50 sailboats will take part in the challenge that combines both harbour and open-sea courses, including a day of round-island races at the beautiful islands of Langkawi, Malaysia. 

Date: 11 to 16 January 2016
Venue: Langkawi Island
Organiser: Royal Langkawi Yacht Club
Website: www.langkawiregatta.com
Contact: +604 966 4078

Ruhiang-Kiulu Adventure Challenge 2016

One of Sabah Borneo's newest running adventure challenge is the Ruhiang-Kiulu Adventure Challenge 2016, where participants choose the level of difficulty they are prepared to face – either a 10 km run, a 21 km run or a 25 km bike ride.

All routes will take in the scenery of the tough but beautiful terrain of Kiulu-Tamparuli, crossing rivers, climbing hills, through bamboo forests and tall grasses, and even a “freefall” downhill race around the curves of Tamparuli in the cycling event. 

Date: 24 January 2016
Time: 6.30 am
Venue: Tamparuli Tamu Ground, Sabah, Malaysia
Organiser: Casero Events & Tamparuli Sub-District Office
Website: rukiac.caserosabah.com
Contact: +6 019-5326399

Tioman International Classic Surfing 2016

Surfing at Tioman Island? Yes, this can be done there and come to the ending of the monsoon season, the Tioman International Classic Surfing Competition 2016 will be the start of the surf season in Malaysia.

Local and international surfers will compete for this challenge in the beautiful and picturesque fishing village of Kampung Juara. If you love surfing, this is the event to attend. 

Date: 29 - 31 January 2016
Venue: Kg Juara, Pulau Tioman, Pahang
Organiser: Tioman Boardriders Event
Contact: +6 013-717 6677

EurAsia Cup 2016

Golf Tourism in Malaysia offers a golf competition that pits Team Asia and Team Europe on an equally challenging golf course, the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Watch your favourite golfers from Asia, led by team captain Jeev Milka Singh, go against Team Europe’s players led by Darren Clarke. 

Both captains have impressive golf experience, backed up by strong talents in their stable. EurAsia Cup 2016 has all the makings of a fierce and unforgettable battle on the green! So come and support your favourite teams or players at GG&CC Shah Alam to enliven the Eurasia Cup 2016.

Date: 15 to 17 January 2016 
Venue:  Glenmarie Golf & Country Club Shah Alam, Selangor.
Organiser: DRB HICOM
Website: www.eurasiacup.com
Contact: +6 03 7803 9090

Thaipusam 2016

Thaipusam has been celebrated in Batu Caves since 1891, making this year the 125th anniversary of Thaipusam in 2016.

Each year, the celebration brings together hundreds of devotees and millions of visitors to this holy temple and tourists throng the area to experience the surreal experience of this fascinating festival.

Thaipusam celebrates the victory of Lord Muruga over the Surapadman devil. It is also a thanksgiving festival dedicated to Lord Muruga for answering prayers.

Lord Muruga is seen as the granter of favours and if a wish is granted, devotees are required to repay Him through offerings such as kavadis.

Devotees prepare themselves for Thaipusam spiritually by fasting and praying before performing acts of penance or thanksgiving like carrying kavadis and paal kudam (pots filled with milk) up the 272 steps of the stairs leading to the temple to make or fulfil their vows.

Some even pierce their bodies with sharp metal objects as a sign of devotion. Get more information and photos on last years Thaipusam 2015.

Date: 24 January 2016
Venue: Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple, Selayang, Selangor
Opening hours: 6am to 9pm
Organiser:  Batu Caves Hindu Association
Contact: +6 03-6189 6284 / +6 03-6089 6284

Warrior Trail Malaysia 2016 

Extreme runners are in for a treat as Warrior Trail Malaysia 2016 is back where part trail run, part mud run and a full-on obstacle course in the main menu of the day.

Simply said, this is just an excuse for a bunch of adults to pretend to be kids again and play in the mud and get dirty. 

No doubt, the trail route is tough, made up of more than 25 man-made structures and numerous natural obstacles. You can expect to run along with quality, hard-packed trails, cross streams and lakes and even negotiate a 500 m jungle river section. 

The military-style obstacles are set over 10 km of rough terrain at Semenyih Ecoventure Resort and will be a test of your physical fitness and mental toughness.

While elite runners can race for the glory of winning, for the majority of weekend warriors, just completing the course will be reward enough.

Date: 30 to 31 January 2016
Venue: Semenyih Ecoventure Resort, Selangor
Organiser: iH Events
Website: www.warriortrail.my 
Contact: +6 019 303 36854

Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park

Another water and adventure park has opened in mid-December which is the Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park, in Johor, the south most state of Malaysia bordering Singapore. This water park is also 20 minutes from the city centre, Johor Bahru.

Visitors can enjoy activities and facilities such as a wave pool, drift kart, rock-climbing, trampolines, ice-skating, ropes course, zip lines, golf, bowling, tennis and water slides.

One of the most thrilling rides as this park is the “Yellow Wall” which is said to be the longest in Malaysia – slide up and down this wall in your tube rings before plunging down the slides in an exciting and adrenaline-pumping experience.

Operating Hours: 10 am to 7 pm
Location: Taman Mount Austin, Austin Heights, Johor Bahru, Johor
Contact: +6 019 712 3183 / +6 019 716 3183
Email: ask@funtime.my
Website: www.funtime.my

UNITY ASEAN Lantern and Music Show Malaysia

Branded as Asean’s biggest light show, visitors are in for a bright time when 1 million light bulbs dazzle and brighten up the area for The UNITY ASEAN Lantern & Music Show 2016.

This spectacular feature is a showcase of giant lanterns, some over 5 storeys tall and coming from Malaysia, China, South Korea, Japan and all the countries of ASEAN.

Visitors can also expect a treat for all the five senses with a music festival, a food fiesta with a wide spread of regional delicacies, musical fountains, cultural performances, and our special ASEAN Week and the ASEAN Products Fest on festival grounds.

The UNITY ASEAN Lantern & Music Show promises non-stop fun for the whole family. Get ready for 2015’s brightest, most colourful nights ever!

Duration: Throughout 2016
Time: 7.30 pm to 12 am
Venue: MINES Wellness City, Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Contact: +603 8959 8879
Website: www.unityASEAN.com
Email: info@unityasean.com
Tickets: Adults RM45, Children 3-12 years old, senior citizens (60 years and above)
Tickets: OKU (persons with disabilities) RM25
Tickets: Families (2 adults and 2 children) RM120

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Once again, if this is your first time visiting Malaysia, you can take note of some of the major events happening all over the country.

Most of the events are in different parts of the country therefore, you will need to book your transportation and hotels in advance too. Visit Malaysia 2016 offers loads of culture, heritage, sports, food, shopping, nature and lots more other choices for anyone coming here.


For more information, I have also come up with a list of Where to go in Malaysia for 2016 and this is purely based on the popular places in the last couple of years from visitors coming to Malaysia.

Any comments or feedback, please leave them below in the comment form and I hope you will enjoy the many Events and Festivals in Malaysia for January 2016. 

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