Asian Bird Fair 2023


This year, the Asian Bird Fair 2023 takes place in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, from 14-15 October.

The event also happens at the Sabah International Convention Centre, a few minute's drive from Kota Kinabalu or KK.

Asian Bird Fair 2023

As this is the third time that the Asian Bird Fair is taking place in Malaysia, many are looking forward to this fair due to the sudden interest in birding since the COVID-19 pandemic.

For your additional knowledge, the first time that the Asian Bird Fair (ABF) was held was back in 2014 at Langkawi Island. The second event was the Asian Bird Fair 2019 in Kuching, Sarawak.

Now, in 2023, we are seeing the third time the bird fair is taking place in Malaysia, which is excellent because it shows Malaysia is upping their game in avian tourism and the interest in this unique genre.

Bird Fair 2023
Poster from the organisers.

Since the pandemic, birders and photographers have grown by the thousands due to boredom and seeking a new hobby and interest.

Most of the new post-pandemic birders are mainly bird photographers, which, in a good way, helped fuel the economy in camera and equipment purchases.

Most birders and photographers are past the age of 40, and many retirees and this group of birders are the ones that can help the birding industry locally.

Of course, there are also the new breed of younger birders out there, but a lot of birding ethics and education needs to be shared with all post-pandemic birders. 

At the Asian Bird Fair, there will be several talks and showcases throughout the two days, and registered participants will get to experience first-hand knowledge and even a field trip.

For non-registered visitors, you can only visit the birding bazaar area, where several local and international vendors will showcase their products and tours.

For more information, you can also read my other article on the ABF2023 Program, which highlights what happens for the two days. Otherwise, visit the official ABF website below.

Asian Bird Fair 2023 Information

  • Date: 14-15 October
  • Venue: Saban International Convention Centre (SICC), Kota Kinabalu
  • Time: 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM
  • Website & Registration: ABF2023

Asian Bird Festival
The ABF2023 is from 14-15 October in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.


For those planning to visit the Asian Bird Fair 2023, I recommend you start making travel and hotel arrangements early.

I will be at the fair under Birdwatching Asia with my team to do media coverage and experience this birding event here in Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo. If you see me there, do say hello.

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Blogging since 2007, but writing online since 1997. I belong to the 1st generation of worldwide bloggers, which is of course old-school. Since 2008, I created Malaysia Asia and this travel, flood, gadget and lifestyle blog has won numerous physical awards from tourism boards around Malaysia. (Not those online awards). After 12 years of blogging, I have semi-retired and now blog about things I like, do product reviews and enjoy life. My work has been featured in Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Wall Street Journal, and many other international publications. Find out more about me and thank you.

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