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To be honest, when I said walk on water, I meant it figuratively because Marina Island Resort is an artificial island that was built right on the sea. Am I right, or am I right? It is indeed a reclaimed land that was established on the coast of Teluk Muroh in Perak (northern part of the Peninsular Malaysia).

Let’s not dwell on how or even when it was built. Let me bring you straight to why it should be next in your list of holiday destination.

Oh, before I begin, this resort is definitely more fun to stay at if you come with your family or a group of friends. This is because almost every corner of this 316.9- acre of man-made island is filled with activities that its guests can participate in.

And these activities will be more fun and enjoyable if they are shared, you know like that famous quote by the late Chris McCandless – “Happiness is only real when shared.”

Frenzy Hippo Park

This water theme park is not one to miss when you stay at the resort. If I must say, it is the resort’s main attraction, really! This Frenzy Hippo Waterpark is larger than 24 badminton courts with 41 challenges. After going through all the slippery challenges, you will either end up looking like a “ninja warrior” or something that the cat dragged in. You won’t have much dignity left after you complete all the activities, that much I can tell you. However, it is undeniably an enjoyable and fun activity but at the same time a survival game for the fittest. Frenzy Hippo Waterpark is suitable for all ages.

Or you can just put on your sunglasses and let yourself drift on a float of all sizes and patterns at the lagoon. I saw many cute floats in various shapes such as pizza, unicorn and peacock at the waterpark. There are also kayaks, canoes, duck paddle boats and Yoyo boats for guests to try out on the calm seawater. New water activities will be added from time to time to make the waterpark more enjoyable. Currently, the price for this activity is RM20 per pax.

Fishing Pond

People say fishing is a lonely and solitary hobby but looking at the fishing activities at the fishing pond, it was as lively as a fish market. I saw a family of four bonding with each other through fishing and there wasn’t a single handphone in sight, isn’t that marvelous? They were teasing each other while the father was trying his best to attach a live bait to the hooks.

It is open 24 hours daily and if you are lucky, you will end up with a grouper fish weighing up to 20kg. For three hours of fishing, it will cost you around RM100.

ST Theme Park

Well, if fishing is not your thing, fret not because there is a family-oriented outdoor entertainment park near the fishing pond where there are plenty of motorised and non-motorised rides to play with.

ST Theme Park operates from 6 pm till midnight daily except on Monday. Decide on your vehicle of choice – the ATV, the Harley Bike, the decorated mini car, the Big Wheel, or rickshaw – or, if you are crazy like me, ride them all.

Those with children as young as one year old need not worry, either, because there are lots of kiddy cars for them to ride on. ST Theme Park may just be the “place” that will help strengthen the family bond.

Sunset Cruise

Spending three hours on a luxury boat cruising around the island of Pangkor was one of the main highlights of my stay at the Marina Island Resort. Accompanied by an experienced captain/sailor, who was also the owner of the catamaran, Rod, who hails from Australia, the cruise became much more fun and informative. He has so many sailor’s tales to tell, some of them were horrific but most of them were funny.

Unfortunately for me, the weather was not very cooperative that day so I didn’t get to see the sunset but I did get the chance to ride on Rod’s mini jet ski when the catamaran took a break in the middle of the ocean. It was exhilarating and felt much safer than the normal jet ski.

Don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks. The three-hour sunset cruise will cost you a total of RM180.

Giant Grouper Feeding

If you feel that feeding a fish is sort of therapeutic, you can visit the grouper fish pond at the marina. You just have to pay RM10 per pack of small fish to feed the giant grouper. There are about 10 of them and each weighs around 100 kg. After watching them eat, I am not sure this activity can be called therapeutic, it felt more like an adventure to me. You have to experience it yourself in order to know what I mean. The feeding times are at 9 am and 5 pm.

Group / Educational Activities

If you come in a huge group like for a team building, school trip and such, these are the kind of activities that are catered to your needs.

  1. Batik Painting – This activity will help you learn some basic points on batik. You will also be given a pre-set batik drawing to paint. Need I remind you that it is very addictive.

  2. Raft Building – You will get to learn how to build a raft from scratch for survival purposes.

  3. Camping and Bonfire – This activity is definitely ideal for school children to learn some basic outdoor skills in order to build their confidence and to learn how to be independent. They have to build their own tent, cook their own meals and start their own fire.


Well, as for accommodations, Marina Island Resort, Pangkor is home to 400 suites and hotel rooms spread within two wings comprising Superior Suite at D-Sea and Deluxe Suite at D’Ocean, as well as a series of luxury homes called Tiara Bay. Some of its bungalows are also listed under Airbnb.

Rockbund Fishing Chalet

From the name itself, I assume all of you can already guess what this cabin-like chalet was built for. You are right, it is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Bear in mind, that this chalet is built with fishing enthusiasts in mind, so all 21 chalets offer only basic amenities. Each has its own deck where he or she can fish all day and night if he or she wishes to.

If fishing is not your thing, its quaint little fishing deck can be turned into a location for a romantic candle light dinner with a sunset view to die for or even a beautiful venue for a wedding. With the lovely pine trees and beautiful sunset, nature has indeed been generous to this place.


Food and Beverages


Terumbu Reef Restaurant

It offers a wide spread of buffet breakfast and all-day dining services. This restaurant specialises in Malay, Chinese and international dishes. Terumbu Reef Restaurant can fit up to 100 guests indoors and 150 guests outdoors.

D Pine Café @ Rockbund

Located at Rockbund Fishing Chalet in Marina Island, D’Pine Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, local and western cuisine for dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating. This restaurant is also famous for its fresh seafood BBQ.

How to get there

Access Marina Island Pangkor Resort Hotel easily by navigating your way using these co-ordinates:
Latitude: 4.210492 Longitude: 100.603715

Or Waze it!

Marina Island Pangkor Resort Hotel
KM1, Jalan Utama Marina Island,
Teluk Muroh, 32200, Lumut, Perak.


Take a bus to Lumut then take a 15-minute taxi ride to Marina Island.
Take a Transnasional bus which leads you to Marina Island directly.
Photos are courtesy of Muizzuddin Maksah from Backpakerz.

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Malaysia Airlines Signs Partnership with Sarawak Tourism Board for 2019

Malaysia Airlines Signs Partnership with Sarawak Tourism Board for 2019

LONDON, 6 November 2018:  Malaysia Airlines signed a partnership agreement with Sarawak Tourism Board yesterday to boost tourist arrivals to Sarawak and raise the profile of the destination in the UK.

Under the new agreement, Malaysia Airlines and Sarawak Tourism Board will fund a range of campaigns and promotional activities, including Digital Campaign Promotions, to boost domestic and international travel to Sarawak, OOH media to promote sale campaigns on print and taxis and joint-promotional activities with selected travel partners.

The agreement was signed at this year’s World Travel Market in London’s ExCel Centre by Sarawak Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor and Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, Arved von Muehlen.

Arved von Muehlen, Malaysia Airline’s CMO, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sarawak Tourism Board even more in 2019 to showcase all that the region has to offer following agent familiarisation trips and  press trips jointly organised last year. Sarawak has a plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals ready to be discovered by the British public.”

Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor said: “We look forward to working closely with Malaysia Airlines to showcase the wonders of Sarawak to the world. The strength of the airline’s network and the quality of their product resonate strongly with travellers.”

The World Travel Market is a three-day conference bringing together travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism ministers to discuss business, innovations and trends in the travel industry. Last year’s event sparked a million meetings, resulting in around £3 billion in contracts.

Malaysia Airlines also recently renewed its global partnership deal with Tourism Malaysia. The two parties will jointly invest in promoting Malaysia in key overseas markets including China, Australia and the UK.

Malaysia Airlines operates twice daily between London and Kuala Lumpur on its new Airbus A350. To take advantage of the airline’s great prices guests can book their tickets at Malaysia Airlines’ participating travel agents or visit Malaysia Airlines’ website at


Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mohamad Din Ketapi (second from right), with Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, STB Board of Director member (right), Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor (centre), Arved von Muehlen (second left) and Captain Izham Ismail (left), flanked by Malaysia airlines stewardesses and a cultural troupe in traditional orang ulu garb.

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UK to be Key Market for Sarawak Tourism Board’s Promotional Activities

UK to be Key Market for Sarawak Tourism Board’s Promotional Activities

Sarawak Tourism Board unveiled the Visit Sarawak Year logo yesterday on November 7, 2018, as a precursor to its official launch in January 2019 at an industry event held in London today.

The Visit Sarawak logo will be the anchor emblem for the Visit Sarawak campaign.

Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Hamzah said that the Visit Sarawak campaign is envisioned to place Sarawak on the tourism map as one of the preferred tourism destinations in Southeast Asia.

“The tagline, “More to Discover” underscores Sarawak Tourism Board’s strategy to position the state as a plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals (CANFF) offerings that are not found anywhere else in the world, and ready to be discovered,” he said.

“Last year, we received 33,399 more British tourists as compared to 31,274 in 2016 a 6.79% increase which is a good indicator of gaining interest from travellers from the UK market”.

As of July this year, Sarawak received 19,784 arrivals from the UK and with the hope to reach a 10% growth this year.

He cited that the seven days Kuching combine with Mulu packages which are favoured by tourists from the UK with Central Sarawak being a rising attraction.

“We will be looking to intensify efforts to increase arrivals from the UK in the coming year while at the same time to increase their length of stay to at least 10 days in Sarawak”.

British tourists can now look forward to more new packages that will provide competitively priced offerings focusing on culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals, he added.

Sarawak had recorded a total spending of RM8.59 billion from tourism in 2017, which accounted for 7.9% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

International arrivals to Sarawak clocked in at 2.6 million last year. Some of the key international markets for Visit Sarawak will be UK, Germany, the Benelux, China, Australia, and ASEAN countries. ASEAN countries were a key source of visitors, which accounted for 48.98% or 2.38 million arrivals in 2017.

The newly-minted Sarawak Tourism Board CEO, Askor said, “Digital will be a large part of our campaign. Besides creating content on digital platforms to reach out to our markets, we are also developing a mobile app which will anchor the discovery process for all our visitors.”

Sarawak Tourism Board’s new logo multi-coloured logo spells out “Sarawak” with the tagline, “More to discover” to represent the aspirations of the campaign.

Comprising seven colours, in curled script, the red and yellow colours represent the state flag while orange represents the strong spirit and vibrant energy of the different ethnic communities within Sarawak, which is quintessential to Sarawak’s diverse tourism proposition. Green is used to represent the verdant rainforests abundant with wildlife and blue is used to represent the calmness of the ocean along Sarawak’s long coastline.

The uniqueness of the logo is augmented by the hornbill, which replaces the letter “A,” representing Sarawak’s moniker, “Bumi Kenyalang,” or “Land of the Hornbills” that the State has been known for many years, which is also an important symbol of luck to the indigenous people of Sarawak.

Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor (second left) at the prize presentation to the grand prize lucky draw winner that night, Jayne Byott (centre), Corporate Events Manager of J.M.B. Associates, United Kingdom. Also present at the occasion are Tuan Haji Ibrahim Noordin, STB Board of Director (second right), Richard De Villa, Marketing Manager UK Europe, Malaysia Airlines (right) and Rosmarie Wong of The Ranee Boutique (left).

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Terengganu, situated on the east coast of Malaysia, is well known as the cultural state of Malaysia, rich in practising traditions, a seafaring history and platefuls of delicious cuisine.

In the state capital of Kuala Terengganu, a riverside city facing the South China Sea, you will find a village community that lives among a maze of inlets and islands such as the one at Pulau Duyung.

Pulau Duyung – literally, Mermaid Island – is not short of wonders as its name suggests. The small village surrounded by rivers is just a 10-minute drive from the city of Kuala Terengganu. In this calm oasis of shady trees and labyrinth of narrow lanes, ordinary village folk, fishermen, event artists and talented craftsmen call it home and welcome visitors into its sanctum.

Artisan boatbuilders

Accessible by road or by boat, the area is well known for its boat-making heritage. At least three main boatmakers remain much sought after on the island, namely, Pak Lah, Pok Awi and Hassan Ali. The craftsmanship of these fine carpenters is much in demand not only among Marang fishermen, but also by boatmen from around the world including Italy, Denmark, Australia and Algeria.

Touted as a vanishing legacy, the result of modernisation, vanishing forests and lack of interest by the younger generation to learn the trade, boatmaking is very much alive in their hearts. It is believed that there are only three boatbuilding yards on this island when just a few years ago, there were a thriving 38!

Working without any physical plans, these craftsmen rely only on their decades-long experience and skills taught to them by their forefathers. Traditional methods and local materials, such as the tree bark of the gelam tree for caulking and water-proofing the vessel, are used. Throughout the year, domestic and international tourists seek out these artisans in their boatyards to admire how they turn sturdy cengal timber into fine handmade boats that cut through the rough South China Sea effortlessly.

Today, these old hands still take in orders to build entire 40-foot boats by hand. You may want to book a handmade yacht once you see their skillful handwork, but mind you, the waiting list is a few years long, and the price is not for ordinary sailors!

Art for the times

Art lovers will be enthralled with the existence of the relatively new Pulau Duyung Gallery in the area, which is as much a cultural commune as it is an art gallery.

Modest in size but not short of talents, the jetty-front gallery organises exhibitions and conducts art workshops, as well as houses many works by local artists.

One of their core successes was in organising the Duyung Art Festival from 2015 to 2017. The festival has since been regarded as the force that connects and welcomes people through culture and arts.

Their previous exhibition entitled “Postcards to Duyung” in 2017 attracted participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Australia, France and Sweden to exhibit about 800 postcards made from original art works. The upcoming one held until January 2019, “Duyung: Kenangan Lalu Mengusik Jiwa” (“Memories of Old Duyung”) is a nostalgic look at Duyung Island in the 1990s and earlier through photographs, artworks and oral expressions.

Built to Last

Among the collection of wooden houses in the area, one building stands out for its unique architecture, the Duyung Old Fort.

Built originally in the 1920’s by the owner and local leader Dato’ Biji Sura, the building curiously combines Malay traditional wooden architecture with European influences. Marvel at the sturdy pillars with Greek and Egyptian influences, the tendrils of Islamic motifs cut into the wooden lattices on the verandah, and the thick walls surrounding the building, believed to have been constructed of bricks and cemented with a concoction of fine sand, lime, honey and egg white.

Within the wall is a complex of houses interconnected in various styles of the Terengganu architecture such as the gabled roof, the five ridge roof, and the Dutch roof. Elements such as rain-water harvesting through ingeniously simple architectural planning, and how the morning light casts shadows through the woodcarvings, are just some of the admirable features to be admired.

In 1986, though, a big flood destroyed much of the house but the Terengganu State government took the effort to restore it to its original glory and opened it as a heritage museum under the auspices of the Terengganu State Museum.

The entrance is free, but do not expect a full-fledged museum as you enter. The display is modest, but enough to give you a glimpse into the lifestyle back in theolden days.

Note: Pulau Duyung is accessible either by the water taxi, car or the Heritage City bus. The water taxi departs from Shahbandar Jetty with the crossing taking less than 10 minutes.

Duyong Art Gallery
Venue:           GP 5, Pulau Duyung Kecil, 20100 Terengganu
Tel:                 +6019 6340214

Entrance fee: Free

Duyung Old Fort
Open:             Every day except Friday
Time:             9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Fee:                Free
Address:       Pulau Duyung Kecil, 20100 Terengganu
Contact:        National State Museum
Tel:                 +609-622 1444

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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 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 : Website : / FB Page :


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.


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)

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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

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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

Tel : 09-6262020
Fax : 09-6262022

Email : Website :


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:
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