Malaysia in May: Culture, Coffee and Colors

From cultural celebrations to conservation program and a strong cuppa – here is what’s happening in and around our beautiful Malaysia this May.

Festival Kelate Kito

Festival Kelate KitoFestival Kelate Kito is a programme showcasing Kelantan’s folk arts, crafts and traditions such as the well-known Mak Yong, Menora, Wayang Kulit and Rebana Ubi.

Date: 5 – 6 May 2017
Venue: Rural Transformation Centre (RTC), Tunjong Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Highlight: Kelantan cultural traditions
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Malaysia Coffee Fest

Join a hands-on Coffee Appreciation & Brewing Workshop

CoffeeAddicted to caffeine? You might be thrilled to see what’s brewing at KLCC – coffee and tea lovers will be gathering for one caffeinated weekend. The first ever Malaysia Coffee Fest celebrates the nation’s growing coffee culture, featuring top-class baristas, local artisans and many activities.

Date: 5 – 7 May 2017
Venue: Hall 5, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Time: Friday – Saturday (May 5-6), 11am – 8pm / Sunday (May 7) 11am – 5pm
Highlights: Barista Competition, Lattle Art Competition, Music Cafe, Coffee Clinic (Workshop), Food Truck Fiesta, Instagram Contest, Lucky Draw
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Wesak Day 2017

Wesak Day
Photo: Flickr/ udeyismail

Every year, Wesak Day is celebrated with temple visits, prayers, chants and special ceremonies. However, the best part of this is the grand procession in several major cities. At night, the streets are illuminated by colorful floats, accompanied by Buddhist devotees and eager onlookers.

Date: 10 May 2017
Venue: Sir Lanka Buddhist Temple (Sentul), Chempaka Buddhist Lodge (Petaling Jaya), Ti-Rana Welfare Society (Desa Sri Petaling), Buddhist Maha Vihara (Brickfields), Malaysian Buddhist Association (Burmah Road)
Highlight: Colorful procession

Mabul World Turtle Day 2017

TurtleIn this outreach program, you can volunteer with the Borneo Marine Research Institute. You are able to assist the dive team as they catch, photograph, measure and tag turtles. This helps to enhance the education, research and conversation of the sea turtle population in Mabul.

Date: 8 – 11 May 2017
Venue: Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, Pulau Mabul, Sabah
Highlight: Volunteering opportunity
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Jom Makan – Pahang Food Fest

Jom Makan Pahang Food FestTraditional cuisines, Western food, fusion bites, desserts, thirst-quenchers and anything uniquely Malaysian to get your tummy rumbling… this food carnival simply knows what is in our head. Come hungry!

Date: 12 – 14 May 2017
Venue: Darul Makmur Stadium
Highlights: Carnival, food trucks, performances and Malaysian delights
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4th Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Festival in Sabah

The Dragon Boat Race is a long-standing Chinese tradition held alongside the Duan Wu Festival, which falls at the end of month. In Sabah, this event attracts many local and international dragon boat teams each year.

Watch the participants synchronise their paddling to the beat of the drum, speeding down the river. There will also be stalls selling local delicacies – be sure to try glutinous rice dumplings called “tzung-tzi”, which is traditionally cooked for this celebration.

Date: 13 – 14 May 2017
Venue: Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Highlight: Dragon Boat Race
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International Museum Day

Sabah Museum18 May has been designated as World Museum Day by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). For a few days, the public can visit Sabah Museum for free and even enjoy their special collections.

Date: 15 – 18 May 2017
Venue: Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Highlight: Free entrance into Sabah Museum
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We have 2 featured tours this month!

Kampung Life on a Vespa

Book your Vespa experience now.

Kampung Life on a Vespa - Book now on LokaLocalExperience the beauty of the countryside on a Vespa and learn about Malay culture and traditions through its locals.

Date: 21 May 2017
Venue: Hulu Langat, Selangor
Price: RM 340.00 + per pax

2D 1N Mystery Trail at Kuala Kubu Bharu

Book your experience in Kuala Kubu Bharu now.

Kuala Kubu Bharu - Book now on LokaLocalKuala Kubu Bharu is surrounded by myths and mysteries – the broken dam that led to its creation is believed to be the revenge of the River God.  The town itself has a relaxed, old world vibe, making it a good place for a getaway.

Date: 27 – 28 May 2017
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Price: RM 340.00 + per pax


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