Malaysia in February: Art, Aviation and Abundant Blessings

Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day is around the corner this February, and so are many other local festivals in Malaysia! Here are some you should look out for.

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33rd Sabah Annual Art

This platform for creative souls across Sabah puts on exhibitions and events to promote local and international talents, while increasing the collection at the Sabah Art Gallery. Every work features topics and ethnic themes central to Sabah life.

Date: 1 February – 31 July 2018
Venue: Sabah Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu
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Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race

Held in the lush tropics of Fraser’s Hill, this bird race brings nature lovers, photographers and bird watchers together to spot and record the bird species here. Around 260 species can be found in the 2,804 hectares of greenery here, some of them are incredibly rare.

Date: 1 – 28 February 2018
Venue: Bukit Fraser, Raub
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Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival

Photo: The Rakyat Post

With 1000 kite flyers in 42 international teams, the Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival takes place once again with sky-high kite-flying fun! There are traditional and contemporary entertainment throughout the day, along with LED kites and firework displays at night.

Date: 1 – 28 February 2018
Venue: Jalan Ulu Air Molek and around the city, Johor Bahru, Johor
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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is celebrated by Malaysian Chinese across Malaysia. Traditionally, they would return to their hometown on the day before the celebrations for a reunion dinner with family. Throughout the festive season, new clothes would be worn for good luck, while red packets containing money would be given to children and unmarried individuals by those who are older and married.

This is also a good time to join an Open House to enjoy the festivity, or visit local temples that are decorated with hundreds of lanterns!

Date: 16 – 17 February 2018
Venue: Nationwide

Chingay Festival in Johor Bharu


Chingay is a spectacular festival with street perfomances that dazzle visitors from near and far. In Johor, this unusual Chinese New Year invites the five deities from the old temple in town on an annual procession.

Date: 23 February 2018
Venue: Jalan Ulu Air Molek and around the city, Johor Bahru, Johor

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta


Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is back for its 2nd year on the island! 16 hot air balloons will soar over Padang Polo, along with many other exciting activities your family and friends would enjoy.

Date: 24 – 25 February 2018
Event Time: 7.30am-9.30pm
Hot Air Balloon Timings: 7.30am – 9am | 6pm – 7pm | 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Padang Polo, Penang
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Caving & Abseiling Adventure at Gua Damai, Batu Caves

Book this featured tour to Gua Damai, Batu Caves!

Did you know that there is a network of mysterious caves beyond the iconic Batu Caves? We’re running a featured tour in the belly of Gua Damai, where you will enjoy caving, trekking, abseiling and ziplining, all in one day.

You will trek towards Dog Cave, then glide down a zipline at 250m. After having lunch at a campsite, you will cave and crawl into the fascinating Ichibawa Cave, then trek to Cili Padi and Fix Tree Cave. Finally, you will abseil down and earn the right to say you have conquered this cave!

Don’t worry, kids as young as 6 have gone for it, and all safety equipment and trained guide will be provided. Peaked your interest? See more information or book here. 

Date: 24 February 2018
Venue: Gua Damai, Kampung Melayu Wira

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