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March, 2018:

GARDENS OF EDEN

Malaysia is naturally blessed with 8,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees, 1,000 species of orchids, 300 species of palms and 60 species of bamboos in our evergreen tropical landscape. It’s certainly a great “palette of colours” to have in designing a unique brand of Malaysian gardens and parks.

Although there is no exact record of the history of gardens in Malaysia, its existence and beauty have been described in many classic Malay literature from the 18th and 19th centuries. In them, gardens that surrounded the Malacca palace in the 15th century were described in great detail. Among the earliest mention of gardens in Malaysia was by a Buddhist pilgrim who came across the royal garden of an old Malay kingdom in 609 A.D. However, the first public garden in the country was introduced by the British in 1890 and is known till today as the Lake Gardens. Today, various beautifully-designed gardens can be found all over Malaysia.

Here, let me help you to explore some our beautiful gardens, just follow the smell of the blooming flowers and fresh cut grass.

 

Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur

The name Alfred Venning may not ring a bell to Malaysians compared to the Federate Malay States British Resident, Frank Swettenham. That Mr. Swettenham was a very, very popular gentleman during the British colonization in Malaya. However, it was Mr. Venning who was responsible for creating one of Malaysia’s first public recreational parks which he named the Lake Gardens in 1880. His original intention was actually to create a botanical garden but somehow it never made its mark as a botanical garden, not until 123 years later, that is.

In 1975, Venning’s Lake Gardens was officially renamed and opened as Taman Tasik Perdana or Perdana Lake Garden by the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak. Fast forward to 2010, Alfred Venning’s vision of turning the once swamp valley of the Sungai Brass Brass into a botanical garden had finally become a reality when Kuala Lumpur City Hall embarked on a mega project to upgrade the park into a Botanical Garden.  It was officially launched as the Perdana Botanical Garden on 28 June 2011.

Now that the public recreational park has been transformed into a botanical garden, you don’t have to be an arborist or horticulturist to notice and appreciate the various collections of unique trees be it local or foreign trees that are scattered throughout the 101.12-hectare garden. Be sure to pick up a map when you enter so you don’t miss anything; your visit will be much more interesting if you have a knowledgeable guide to walk through with you as an informative tour will help inspire you to look at plants and trees differently.

 

CHECK OUT THESE COOL PLANTS

 

  1. Kesinai Tree

Well-known as an expensive bonsai plant, Kesinai tree or Streblus Asper was chosen as an official symbol for the Perdana Botanical Garden by the former Kuala Lumpur Mayor, Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail for its unique characters. The cute collection of bonsai Kesinai can be found at the Topiary Collection section of the garden.

  1. Baobab or Adansonia Digitata

Exploring the garden will remind us of the simple beauty that nature offers every day no matter where we are in this world and which we always take for granted. Take Laman Perdana for example, it is an area where one will find majestic trees such as Baobab or Adansonia digitata, the Africa’s iconic ‘upside-down’ tree.

  1. Herbaceous Collections

Don’t forget to explore the beautiful landscape of the Conservatory where most of the herbaceous collections of the garden were originally kept in the conservatory, which dates back to the beginning of the Lake Gardens in 1889. You will be mesmerised by the beautiful collections of geraniums, aroids, and other foliage plants planted there.

  1. Brownea Trees

Make your way to the Brownea Street which is named after the rows of Brownea trees planted along the newly upgraded pathway. Seeing the tree up close, you will realise that Brownea macrophylla flowers grow on the main trunk of the tree. Fascinating, don’t you think so?

COOL ACTIVITIES AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

  1. EXERCISE

One of the best places to jog or walk or jump. With a 2.3-km running loop, the park also has a variety of exciting terrains – a mix of stairs, hills, flats, twists, and turns.

  1. BOAT RIDE

According to its website, the boats will be available soon for rental for those who would like to have a leisurely cruise on the lake.

  1. MALAYSIA CARTOON AND COMIC HOUSE

This gallery currently contains over 500 selected works (representing a mere 10% of the gallery’s archive!) dating from 1936-1990. Many of the works on show have been loaned from private collectors and cannot be viewed anywhere else in Malaysia.

  1. THE AMPHITHEATRE

On certain days and months, the public will be able to catch free performances by local artists. The information can be obtained from its website. The amphitheatre was built in the late 1960s. It was famous for providing free entertainment to the general public. Today, the refurbishment of the amphitheatre has been completed with roofs attached to provide shelter to visitors.

LOCATION
The Perdana Botanical Garden is situated within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, which covers an area of more than 170 acres located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

AMENITIES
Apart from the café, restrooms, prayer room and parking area, the Perdana Botanical Garden also provides other amenities such as:-

Garden Trams
Trams are available for visitors to go around the grounds and stop at the sections they wish to explore.

Heritage Park Shuttle Trams
Shuttle trams are available daily to take visitors to all the attractions within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park. Tickets are valid throughout the day from 9 am to 6 pm. Ticket Fees: RM2 for adults and RM1 for children.

Bicycle Rental
For those who want to explore the garden on their own, bicycles are available for rental. Rates: RM3 each for 30 minutes.

GUIDED WALK
Guided walks are provided free of charge on Sundays, 8 am to 10 am. Visitors will be taken on an interesting walk around the garden by an experienced guide. For other times, private tours can be arranged for a fee.

Book a Guide:
Recreation Unit
Perdana Botanical Garden
Telephone: +603 2021 0812
(10am to 5pm) 

GETTING THERE
With the Lake Gardens’ central location in the capital, access is quite easy for visitors. Buses B115, B112, and B101 all stop within a 5-minute walk of the Perdana Lake Gardens.  Another option is to take the KTM Komuter train to the Old Kuala Lumpur station.

 

Putrajaya Botanical Garden – “Mother of All Gardens”

The biggest botanical garden in Malaysia, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden covers an area over 92 hectares. The park is divided into three sections – flowers, ornamental plants and preservation/research purposes.

The garden currently has more than 700 species of flowering plants, local plants as well as plants from the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.

CHECK OUT THIS COOL PLANTS

  1. CYCAS / JAPANESE SAGO PALM

Cycas is an ancient plant that has been in existence since 230 over million years ago. During that time, this plant was a food source for herbivorous dinosaurs. This plant can be found at the Sun Garden.

  1. GAPING DUTCHMANS PIPE / ARISTOLOCHIA RINGENS

Gaping Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia ringens), is a perennial climbing plant from South America and can grow up to 6 m high. The flower tube ascends obliquely from the sack, dividing into two very long lips. The two lips give an impression of a gaping mouth.

  1. BODHI TREE

The bodhi tree is one of the fig tree species planted in Ficus Shade at the botanical garden. This tree is deemed sacred by Hindu and Buddha devotees as it was believed that Siddharta Buddha had meditated and received enlightenment under the tree.

COOL ACTIVITIES AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

  1. CANOPY BRIDGE

Enjoy the scenic tropical rainforest canopy. This 170-metres long bridge runs across a valley cultivated with various species of rainforest trees.

  1. SUN GARDEN

Visit the Sun Garden to learn how to tell time with the sundial. It is one of the oldest ways used by humans to tell time.

  1. The Lakeside – The Lake Boardwalk and Wetland

Enjoy taking a small walk on this walkway, where you get to see the dam that separates the Putrajaya Lake from the wetland

  1. MOROCCAN PAVILION

Visit the Moroccan Pavilion, with its unique Moorish-style architecture. The gallery located at this Moroccan Pavilion houses a collection of items and architecture from the famous royal cities of Fez, Maknes, Marrakech, and Rabat in Morroco.

  1. GIFT SHOP

Take home some interesting collections from its quaint gift shop offering environmentally friendly souvenirs.

Getting Here
ByCar/ Taxi/ Bus or ERL
This area is 25 km from Kuala Lumpur and 20 km north of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). One can use the Express Railway (ERL), car, taxi or bus to destinations in Putrajaya.

Who to Contact
Putrajaya Botanical Garden
Tel                   :           +603-8887 7770
Email               :           [email protected]
Website          :           www.ppj.gov.my

Penang Botanic Garden

The Penang Botanic Gardens, more popularly known as the “Waterfall Gardens”, was established by the British way back in 1884 from an old quarry site. The Gardens were founded by Charles Curtis from the Gardens and Forests Departments Straits Settlements. As the first Curator, Curtis was a devoted plant lover who tirelessly transformed the granite quarry into a garden, and greatly contributed to the botanical and horticulture development of the Gardens.

CHECK OUT THIS COOL PLANTS

  1. The Rain Tree

The magnificent rain tree at the main entrance of Penang Botanic Gardens had greeted many visitor since 1800’s. This fast growing shade-tree can grow up until 35 meter in height. Locals call it the “Pokok Pukul Lima” or the “5 o’clock Tree” because the compound exhibit “sleep motion”, that is they close just before sunset and open just after sunrise.

  1. The Canon Ball Tree / Couroupita Guaneensis

A beautiful fast growing tree which reaches 25m in height. The leaves have a life span of approximately 6 months after which they are shed rapidly so that the crown is usually bare for a day or two. A remarkable flowering tree bearing large pinkish red, fragrant waxy flowers borne on the tree trunk along woody twigs. Later, large reddish brown globular fruits emerge, each attaining the size of a human head and containing a mass of sour smelling pulp.

COOL ACTIVITIES AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

  1. EXERCISE

It is a great natural place to do exercise like jogging and cycling. It offers the best jogging track with beautiful garden scenery.

  1. HIKING

You can also do some hiking either through the forest or the main road from the botanical garden all the way to the Penang Hill.

  1. WATERFALL
    The waterfall on-site is privately owned although you can visit upon approval from the Penang Water Authority. Another way of visiting the waterfall is through organised monthly visits by ‘The Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens’, a non-governmental organisation.

Getting Here

By Road or Car
The Garden is about 8 km from the town centre. Parking is available at several car parks just outside the Garden entrance.

By Bus
Bus 10 from Georgetown takes you all the way to the Gardens. It stops in the large car park just outside the entrance.

Who to Contact
Penang Botanic Gardens Department
Address           :           Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 Penang, Malaysia
Tel                   :           +604-227 0428
Fax                  :           +604-228 6075
Email               :           [email protected]
Website          :           http://botanicalgardens.penang.gov.my

The Hidden Jewel of Borneo

The little-known Orou Sapulot, hidden away in the interiors of Sabah, has now become a new landmark in the naturalist map of Borneo, if not in Malaysia. This place is a majestic natural wonder that has inspired many travellers with its beautiful landscapes and the culture of the surrounding region.  It is fast becoming a must-see destination on every adventure traveller’s itinerary.

Situated off Keningau in Sabah, “Orou” means “Sun” in the native language of the Murut, the third largest indigenous ethnic group of Sabah, whose lives intricately revolve around the forest and natural surroundings. Vast tracts of greenery and unique flora and fauna are found in this territory, while some zones are considered sacred to the Muruts, but are now ready to be visited. An experienced guide will lead you to this largely uncharted world of wonders.

From Kota Kinabalu, one can take transportation to the town of Keningau and direct to Orou Sapulot, a journey that lasts between two and three hours all together. Upon arrival in Labang, access Pungiton Eco Camp by boat, or choose to stay at the wooden huts of Kabulungou Waterfall or Romol Wooden Longhouse, either which will give you the experience of being immersed in nature.

Due to the diverse geological landscape of the area, there are opportunities to explore caving in the sacred Pungiton Cave, jungle trekking to inspect the exotic plants and wildlife, rock climbing to Batu Punggul, and rapid shooting down the river.

A visit to the local village will open up your eyes to the culture of the region with its unique food, rituals and celebrations. Don’t forget to sample the intoxicating local rice wine.

The 3-day 2-night Orou Sapulot adventure by Sticky Rice Travel was recently awarded a Malaysia Tourism Award for Most Innovative “off-the-beaten-track” tour package.

If you want to have jungle trekking with a cultural touch, Orou Sapulot is the place to be. “Pristine, history-rich, challenging and mysterious” are a few of the words that can describe the place if you have yet to go, but “memorable” is the word to use if you have been there!

WEB:                   www.orousapulot.com
EMAIL:                [email protected]
FB:                       www.fb.com/orousapulot
TEL:                     +6019 2277 077

*Community Eco Tourism Project for the Murut tribe in North Borneo

 

STICKY RICE TRAVEL

ADRRESS:         134 Jalan Gaya, 3rd Floor, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
WEB:                   http://www.stickyricetravel.com/
EMAIL:                [email protected]
TEL:                     +6088 250177 / +6088 250588 / +6019 982 9005

* winner of Malaysia Tourism Award 2016/17

REDISCOVER REDANG AT THE TAARAS BEACH & SPA RESORT

Redang Island has long been a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. With long stretches of sparkling white sand overlooking gorgeous turquoise water and complemented by a protected marine park, it has become a destination of choice for weddings, honeymoons, family getaways, corporate retreats and those seeking adventure and thrills.

Most will head to Long Beach where there are plenty of accommodation and restaurant choices. But for those who want to escape the crowd and want to feel like they have the whole island to themselves, head to the Berjaya Redang Island, a self-sufficient island, where the aptly named Taaras Beach and Spa Resort, Sanskrit for Goddess of the Sea, is located.

The Taaras itself is a vision of paradise. No matter which part of the resort you choose to stay in, it will give you visual pleasures, be it overlooking the ocean waters, or gorgeous landscapes of the garden, or the scenic steep cliffs of the island.  With 184 rooms and suites in various layouts, there is a perfect option for everyone. Even though everything about Taraas screams luxury, the ultimate in luxury and opulence is its Taaras Villa, with its dedicated butler service, gorgeous cliff-side location, and impressive 16m-infinity pool overlooking the bay.

Now, you can travel to Taaras in style following the recent partnership between the Berjaya Hotels Resorts with Prima Air, which provides chartered flights between Subang Airport and Berjaya Redang Island. Guests of The Taaras will be flown to the island using Prima Air’s 10-seater Cessna Grand Caravan EX light aircraft.

Imagine yourself strolling barefoot along a sandy beach while an aircraft flies low over the island. It is reminiscent of the opening scene from the 1980’s Fantasy Island TV show where one of the characters, Tattoo rings the tower bell while screaming “The plane, The plane” whenever he sees a plane coming to the island.

The Taaras has its own private beach with its powdery white sand and crystal clear water. Be warned though that in such an idyllic setting, you may not want to do anything except laze around on the beach or perhaps take a dip in the beautiful ocean in between that.

Knowing the thrill-seekers though, they will want to partake in both water and land activities such as diving, snorkeling, island hopping, kayaking, jungle trekking, and beach volleyball, to name a few. The resort has one of the best diving spots with a 5-star PADI Dive Resort Instructor Development Centre, if you are too lazy to go to the nearby marine park. There are also swimming pools for both adults and children at the resort, where you can rent various shapes of inflatable floats. Mind you, who can resist a unicorn and doughnut-shaped floats.

Guests can also charter the Berjaya Belle Private Yacht for a half or full day experience on the South China Sea exploring the nearby islands in search of dolphins or even whale sharks.

As for food and beverages, you can fill your stomach and quench your thirst at these in-house restaurants comprising the Beach Brasserie, the Asean All Day Dining, the Asean Terrace Lounge and the Bayu Bar.

In the evening, you can sit at the bar by the beach to enjoy the beautiful sunset and at night, have a quiet conversation at the same open bar with the sound of soft and gentle waves hitting the shoreline in the background. You can listen to a live band or check into the karaoke rooms to belt out your favourite songs, watch a movie, or simply read a book at the modest library.

Taaras is indeed, a self-sufficient resort. It has everything that you need while holidaying in a secluded island. It even has a small village outside of the resort, where you can interact with the locals, if you feel like it. Oh, if you are in Taaras, don’t forget to look out for Jojo, Taaras’ very own resident turtle who might show up when you are snorkeling at the resort’s reef or turtle watching by glass-bottom boat.

GETTING HERE:

By Road:

All express/long-haul bus and coaches are available daily via the central bus terminal for eastern region (Hentian Putra Station) located near PWTC. The journey will take about 7-8 hours with several stops and the final stop will be at the Kuala Terengganu Terminal (MPKT). The Kuala Terengganu Shah Bandar Jetty is 5 minutes away where you can opt for public ferry transfer to Redang Island.

 

By Air:

The closest airport to Redang is the Kuala Terengganu Airport . There are various airlines flying in and out of this airport daily. Land and sea (at Merang Jetty) transfers are available with prior reservation. The accumulated journey is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Chartered Flight – Prima Air:

The Wednesday, Friday and Sunday flights between Subang Airport and Redang Airport are scheduled as below:

Subang Airport to Redang Airport:

Depart at 11.30 am

Redang Airport to Subang Airport:

Depart at 2.30pm

 

WHO TO CONTACT

For more information, please contact:

The Taaras Beach Spa Resort,

Pulau Redang, 20928 Redang, Malaysia.

T : + 60 (3) 2149 1788 F : + 60 (3) 2149 1499

E : [email protected]

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Three Award-Winning Attractions To Explore In Malaysia

When planning a visit to Malaysia, don’t forget to include these three award-winning attractions into your itinerary. They were recently given the highest Malaysian honours at the Malaysia Tourism Awards for being the best tourist attractions in the country.

It wasn’t easy to get on the list – these three were shortlisted by a panel of judges comprising leaders in the industry, after a thorough and long process of evaluation. The awards show comes around only once every two years, so it’s worth checking out these prime selections!

OLD-WORLD RAIL TRAVEL

Fancy the Orient Express ala Malaysia? Then you’ll definitely love a ride on the North Borneo Railway’s British Vulcan wood-fuelled steam locomotive. Stepping inside the old-style train carriage will transport you to the nostalgia of train travel in the early 1900s.

What is it? The North Borneo Railway offers you the experience of train travel on Borneo’s oldest running steam locomotive. Plying between Sabah’s state capital, Tanjung Aru and Papar, an agricultural town known as the rice bowl of Sabah, this 58 km route takes passengers through scenic villages and coastal towns, paddy fields, rainforests and plantations of rubber and coffee. During the four-hour journey, you’ll see the heart of Sabah unfolding before your very eyes and and get a glimpse of the colourful and unique local lifestyle. Stops are made along the way to visit traditional temples, heritage shops and the local markets. A local breakfast is served on board, while lunch is presented in a tiffin carrier, reminiscent of the old days, and highlights Sabah cuisine using local produce such as their brown hill rice and jungle ferns.

The experience: This is definitely for the dreamers who love a good dose of culture and tradition mixed into their holidays. After all, rail travel has always been romanticized with beautiful vistas, excellent service and comfort…something that you can certainly expect with this North Borneo Railway experience.

Website: www.suteraharbour.com

A PASSAGE TO THE PAST

The island of Langkawi in the northern region of Malaysia is full of legends, folklore and beautiful geological landscapes at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, a 100 square km nature reserve. The best way to experience it? By taking a slow and lazy ride down the Kilim river that will transport you to a place hundreds of millions of years old.

What is it? Here is a collection of geo-sites full of amazing flora and fauna, and stunning geological formations like mammoth limestone rocks, fossils, caves, lagoons, beaches and seascapes that will astound and mesmerize you. One of the best ways to explore and appreciate the area is with a boat or kayak ride down the Kilim river, an area said to be some 500 million years old. Your passage down the river passes dense wetland mangroves on one side and gigantic limestone rocks on the other rising from the river bed. Expect to see white bellied eagles and other species of birds, crocodiles, mud crabs, monkeys, monitor lizards, and if you’re lucky a dolphin or two. Stop to explore caves with amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations, fossils and limestone cliffs, and chance upon hidden lakes, mysterious caves and small uninhabited islands.

The experience: This is geology and natural history classes rolled into one, and what a great way to learn! The experience here is nothing short of fascinating as you personally witness life and nature unfolding before your very eyes. A great excursion for the entire family.

Website: langkawigeopark.com.my

A PLAYGROUND FOR YOUNG AND OLD

Looking to “escape” from the hustle and bustle of urban life? Try out this adventure theme park called “Escape” in Teluk Bahang, Penang. Think of it as a huge outdoor playground for all ages, but be prepared to do lots of jumping, leaping, crawling, running, sliding and more…just like when you were kids!

What is it? Escape is basically an outdoor jungle gym that offers kids and adults alike an opportunity to play with abandon at its two themed parks, namely “Escape Adventureplay” and “Escape Waterplay.” There are over 20 attractions within the “dry” park, Escape Adventureplay, consisting of obstacles and challenges of different difficulty levels. Face your fear of heights and challenge your stamina, core strength and balance as you swing from tree to tree like a monkey, leap through the air, climb trees and towers, bounce down slopes on tubby racers or become a cave explorer. Meanwhile, at Escape Waterplay, prepare to get wet! Here, you can opt to swim at a beach-pool with constant waves, slide through the Banana Flip that will launch visitors into the air and send them flying into a 5-metre deep pool, play with your children at the Tots Pool, or even race with your friends and zoom down at 45 km per hour on the slides called Speed Racer.

The Experience:  This place is like your long-lost playground from your childhood days. Spend a whole day here and re-live childhood memories of outdoor adventures with friends and family. Be warned that it is both fun AND will challenge your physical strength.

Website: www.escape.my

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Chasing Birds Across the Peninsular Malaysia

CHASING BIRDS ACROSS THE PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

The birds have started singing. This is us calling all birders from all over the world to gear up and put on your favourite pair of khakis, a birding vest, a floppy hat and a pair of binoculars, as well as take out your passport; then jump on a plane and head straight to the Peninsular Malaysia where various birding events are being held to “welcome” the migratory birds.

Malaysia is blessed with an abundance of biodiversity, ranking 12th globally in terms of mega-biodiversity. Our incredible natural assets — virgin jungle, beautiful islands, cool highlands, and more — come together to provide the perfect habitat and ecosystem for the animal kingdom, not least our feathered friends.

A total of 795 species of birds have been recorded in Malaysia with over 60 species considered as endemic birds, and nearly 60% is in the state of Pahang and Langkawi Island. The variety of climates and habitats has resulted in this region becoming extremely diverse in terms of birds species. The diverse bird population combined with the wonderful scenery and friendly people make any visit to Malaysia an unforgettable experience for the veteran or first timer birder.

Malaysia also lies in the path of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that provides strategic and important resting sites for migratory birds flying between wintering sites in Southeast Asia and Australia and the breeding sites in China, Japan, Korean, Mongolia and Siberia.

For those who are not aware, there are nearly 12,000 sites in 218 countries identified as Important Bird Areas or IBA. For an area to qualify as an IBA, it must meet a set of standardized criteria based on the presence of species that are of worldwide conservation concern.

The Malaysian Nature Society has identified 55 Important Bird Areas in Malaysia, of which 18 are in Peninsular Malaysia. It was reported that the local birdwatching sites in Malaysia have recorded increasing numbers of bird watchers, pointing to the fact that more visitors acknowledge and are becoming receptive to the importance of nature and wildlife.

Peninsular Malaysia alone is home to a total of 644 species of birds, where 445 of them are residents while 232 are migrants. Four species are endemic to the Thai- Malayan Peninsular, three of which are entirely confined to Peninsular Malaysia. The Peninsular is also an important migratory stop for birds from Siberia, Manchuria and China.

Migratory birds fly across Malaysia – and over thousands of kilometres annually – to escape the cold winter or to reach breeding grounds. So, birders, prepare yourself for a day in the wild to get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.

Here is the list of birding events that birders can look forward to in the coming months:

RAPTOR WATCH 2018

Raptor Watch is held annually on the first weekend of March. For the year 2018 the event will be held on 10 and 11 March (Saturday-Sunday). However, the spring raptor migration actually begins in mid-February and lasts till mid-April. Actually, birders can still go anytime within this period to see the birds but the peak period to watch the most number of birds is the first weekend of March.

Apart from watching the raptors, which is the main stars of the event, participants can also take part in various other activities such as guided walks, arts craft and games.

This event will give birders and the general public the opportunity to witness one of nature’s most exquisite offerings. Raptors migrate southward to escape the bitter cold of the northern winters and make the same venturous journey back during spring to their breeding grounds in temperate Asia.

During the spring migration, thousands of raptors can be seen flying across the Straits of Malacca. Having to use massive amount of energy flying across the Straits of Malacca, the raptors will be flying low at the event site making it possible to have a good view of these magnificent birds.

Tanjung Tuan has been listed as an important raptor site by BirdLife International, National Geographic Society and Hawkmountain. This place is an important stop over site for migratory raptors after crossing the Straits of Malacca. It provides food for the raptors as well as a resting spot. For raptors arriving late in the evening, it provides shelter for the night before they take off for flight the next day. Without Tanjung Tuan, many raptors may never make it back, due to exhaustion and lack of food.

Date : 10 – 11 March 2018
Venue : Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Organiser : Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Tel : 03-2287 9422

Fax : 03-2287 8773 Email : [email protected] Website : www.mns.my / https://mnsraptorwatch.wordpress.com FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianNatureSociety.Official

TAMAN NEGARA BIRD COUNT (TNBC) 2018

Taman Negara is home to over 479 species of birds. As Malaysia’s premier National Park, Taman Negara has the highest concentration of birds in the country and the number is unmatched by any other wildlife area in the region.

Get yourself prepared to spot and count the various bird species at Malaysia’s premier National Park, Taman Negara, by participating in the Taman Negara Bird Count, which is organised by BirdGroup Taman Negara (BGTN). Participants will be able to observe rarely seen birds and learn about their habitat.

Now in its fifth year, the number of species recorded during the Bird Count event has risen from 76 species in 2014 to 171 in 2017. For the three-day event in 2018, the organiser aims to record an even higher number of bird species with larger area of coverage.

Participants will be divided into groups and each group will be led by a licensed Nature Guide.

Join them and be part of this exciting and educational conservation programme.

COUNT FOR FUN!
COUNT FOR CONSERVATION!
COUNT OF FUTURE GENERATION!

Date : 16 – 18 March 2018
Venue : Kg Kuala Tahan/ Taman Negara, Jerantut, Pahang
Organiser : BirdGroup Taman Negara
Tel : Roslan Kassim (014-6051663), Aki Jalil (019-9965263), or
Sabri (014-8393900)

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Taman-Negara-Bird-Count

FRASER’S HILL INTERNATIONAL BIRD RACE 2018

Fraser’s Hill is often been referred to as a first-class bird watching destination in this region, since this highland paradise is home to more than 250 species of wild birds. Come November and December each year, the virtually untouched mountainous forests of Fraser’s Hill will receive many species of newcomers, that is the migratory species that fly across from places as far as northern Siberia of Russia and islands north of Japan and neighbouring land mass, to seek new feeding grounds as well as to escape the freezing winter up north.

The sightings of Siberian thrush from Siberia are often reported and they are truly a rare treat to ardent bird watchers. Normally these migratory species stay around in Fraser’s Hill for couple of months before migrating southwards to Australia and New Zealand. They will fly back home to the north in March and April when the sun is getting sunnier. Be part of this international event!

The objectives of the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race are to preserve nature and simultaneously to promote Fraser’s Hill as a bird sanctuary. Even though there are other bird watching destinations in the country, Fraser’s Hill is still a preferred destination because large species of mountain birds thrive comfortably in the most conductive habitats here, and at certain times of the year, migratory birds make their presence felt, although briefly.

The competition will be divided into three distinctive categories -the advanced category for the serious and experienced bird watchers who habitually return to Fraser’s Hill at the slightest opportunity to do trial field runs, the novice category for those who have just taken up bird watching out of curiosity or treat bird watching as an academic hobby, and the local category for the local residents who know the whereabouts of the birds in Fraser’s Hill and see the birds every day.

Date : 30 March – 1 April 2018
Venue : Fraser’s Hill, Raub, Pahang
Organiser : Frasers Hill Development Corporation
Tel : 09-5681623/ 24
Fax : 09-5681626

Website : http://www.pahangtourism.org.my

KENYIR BIRD NATURE QUEST 2018

When you find out that nine out of ten species of hornbills in Malaysia can be found in Terengganu, what is there to stop you from organising a birding event that can spur the interest of birders from all over the world to visit this beautiful state.

The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Terengganu branch and Ping Anchorage MICE have once again taken the initiative to hold “Kenyir Bird Nature Quest” for the sixth time. The two-day event happening in March will include lectures, workshops, and activities such as bird watching, elephants tracking and jungle trekking.

Terengganu actually has a total of 290 species of birds and among them is the world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the idyllic and beautiful Tasik or Lake Kenyir is a perfect paradise for nature lovers…and apparently our feathered friends think so, too!

Date : 24 – 25 March 2018
Venue : Tasik Kenyir, Bukit Lawit (Kenyir Hornbill Valley), Terengganu
Organiser : Malaysia Nature Society (Kuala Terengganu Branch) Ping Anchorage

MICE
Tel : 09-6262020
Fax : 09-6262022

Email : [email protected] Website : www.terengganutourism.com

WINGS OF KKB – SELANGOR INTERNATIONAL BIRD RACE

This annual event celebrates the diversity of bird species between the Selangor-Pahang border. Participants of the event will traverse a route from Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor to Taman Millenium, a former mining pool where birds are known to visit and rest at the lake or surrounding jungle. From here, birdwatchers will proceed to Hulu Tamu for a chance to spot birds hanging out at this hotsprings area.

Further along, birdwatchers will visit Sungai Kedondong, a waterfall area, where tiger shrikes and whiskered treeswifts can be seen, before finally ascending to Resorts World Genting where cooler temperatures attract high altitude mountain birds.

The Wings of KKB event is not only for bird enthusiasts, but also welcomes photographers who are interested in wildlife photography for the abundance of opportunities and subject matters available.

Date: 20 – 22 April 2018
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Organiser: Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor
Tel: 03-6064 1331 Email: [email protected]
Website: www.facebook.com/OfficialMDHS or http://wingsofkkb.blogspot.my/

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