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10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MALAYSIA’S LATEST ATTRACTION, ENCORE MELAKA

Hear ye! Hear ye! There’s a new attraction in town and we’ve got the 101 on it for you right here!

From the Impression series of world-acclaimed performances in China comes Encore Melaka, specially curated and directed by Wang Chaoge (the creative force behind the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) to express her feelings for Melaka, its past, present and future.

Having just opened its doors on 7 July 2018, Encore Melaka puts up a magnificent and spectacular show. Expect emotive storytelling, high-energy choreography, vivid stage settings with creative lighting and unbelievable stage effects along with a score of moving music that will not only inspire audiences but capture their imagination, too.

We had a chance to be among the first to view the performance on its grand launch, which coincided with the very date that Melaka was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008, and came away fully impressed (no pun intended)!

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect of this awe-inspiring show that spans 700 years of story-telling through beautiful costumes, light, music, dance, folklore and history, all using top-notch technology that will blow your mind away!

  1. A new landmark in Melaka: The theatre itself is a work of art! Overlooking the scenic Straits of Melaka, it sets a new landmark in Melaka with its contemporary design. The façade is tiled with fish scale-like LED panels which reflect light from the ever-changing and vibrant sky of Melaka. It is the largest permanent theatre in Malaysia designed by chief architect Wang Ge from the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, and is purpose-built for Encore Melaka and nothing else! Tip: Come early before the show to catch the beautiful sunset scene of the theatre hall against the Straits of Melaka.

  2. State-of-the-art theatre hall: This theatre hall is unlike any other. The audience seats are situated in what seems to be an island surrounded by massive screens. In fact, to get to your seats, you will have to cross over the stage! Seating capacity is 2,000 and it has state-of-the-art theatre technology including a sophisticated hydraulics system to support the 240 meter-long stage, multi-layered stages, advanced audio and 3D video mapping projection equipment. All this technology is synchronised to create a vivid and immersive theatre experience for all.

  3. The 360 degree rotating audience platform: The “wow” factor of this theatre is definitely the 360 degree rotating audience platform surrounded by four stages, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The entire island of seats rotate automatically during the performance but you might not even realise the movements as the turns are so subtle. But, it will move you from stage to stage, bringing you a new perspective of the performance each time.

  4. Abstract storytelling: Don’t expect a linear re-telling of Melaka’s history in this show. Instead, Wang Chaoge wanted to compile cultural stories of Melaka and vignettes of life that reflected a society which embraced diversity and inclusiveness. There are snippets depicting Baba Nyonya wedding traditions, but in other scenes are abstract representations of Melaka and its people through symbolic dance movements. Never mind if some of the scenes are too deep, the production itself, through artistic choreography, creative stage use, costumes and music, and 3D mapping technology, will keep you mesmerized. 

  5. A performer’s dream: During the 70-minute live performance, about 200 local performers from all over Malaysia, aged between 18 and 63 years will take to the stage. The show’s producers proudly shared with us that putting together the show had brought about the realization of dreams for many of their performers. Indeed, the production supports the full-time careers of these performers and goes to show that the arts is well and truly alive in Malaysia.

  6. Memorable scenes: Keep your eyes open for some of the most memorable scenes of the performance: mesmerizing abstract lines dancing across the scene/stage depicting waves that later transform into a fleet of ships during the Cheng Ho scene; rows of shirtless drummers masterfully hitting drums in sync against projected imagery of waves; the water effects accompanied by emotive choreography in one of the show’s most thought-provoking dance sequence; the scene when a line of ladies dressed in colourful kebayas take on the stage with their stirring and nuanced performance. The show is presented in English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and other local dialects, reflecting the multi-racial and multi-cultural society in Melaka, but even so, remember that theatre, dance and music breaks all barriers. 

  7. The work of an accomplished director: The whole storyline of Encore Melaka is the brainchild of Wang Chaoge, after studying Melaka’s history, culture, traditions and people for two years. It showcases her own perceptions and interpretations of the Melaka culture, after immersing herself in its history, experiencing the modern Melaka and envisioning its future. In fact, she has been famously quoted as saying, “I did not choose Melaka; Melaka has chosen me…” when explaining why Melaka was handpicked out of 150 competing countries lobbying for their own Impression show.

  8. The tenth Impression series and first out of China: The Impression series was started in 1998 by Wang Chaoge, along with fellow directors Zhang Yimou and Fan Yue. In China, six Impression shows and three Encore shows have been created under the series. Some of the famous Impression series include Impression Sanjie Liu and Impression Lijiang which are outdoor performances utilizing natural backdrops of mountains, lakes and rivers. When Melaka was handpicked by Wang Chaoge as the coveted home of Encore Melaka, it made Malaysia the first country outside of China to continue the legacy of this well-established performance series.

  9. Impression City in Melaka – The Encore Melaka theatre is part of a larger waterfront integrated mixed development called Impression City Melaka which encompasses hotels, serviced apartments, commercial complexes, office towers, educational and wellness facilities, a shopping mall, retail shops, a yatch club and a marina. The landmark 56 ha project with a gross development value of RM7 billion, is being developed by Yong Tai Berhad and expected to be ready in eight to ten years’ time. Encore Melaka theatre will remain as the centerpiece of this new destination.

  10. Close proximity to other tourist attractions – The theatre is located in Melaka’s most prominent site, along the city’s waterfront, just 3.5 km from Jonker Street, a renowned China town in the city. It is quite close to the city’s shopping, historic and cultural areas. In fact, from the Melaka city centre, it will barely take you 15 minutes to reach the theatre site. Bear in mind, though, as the theatre is located within a new commercial district, there aren’t many retail outlets just yet, so it is best to dine in the city before going for the show.

 

Contact Details/Information:

Address: No. 1 Jalan KSB, Impression 8, Impression City @ Kota Syahbandar, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.
Ticketing: The ticket prices is from RM128 onwards. Visit https://encore-melaka.com/ticketing for ticket purchase.
Show Time: Monday –Saturday (5.30pm 8.30pm); Sunday (2.30pm 5.30pm).

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Miss World Malaysia 2018 Charity Gala and Coronation Night to be held at BCCK

Miss World Malaysia 2018 Charity Gala and Coronation Night to be held at BCCK

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth Sports is supporting Miss World Malaysia 2018 to promote its “Beauty With A Purpose” charity mission, and the Charity Gala and Coronation Night will be held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

“Our vision is to lead the advancement of Sarawak’s tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports. We aim to position Sarawak as a premier tourist destination and showcase its unique arts and culture. We welcome all participants and their family members from other states of Malaysia to Kuching, Sarawak. By supporting this global event, ardent followers of Miss World events may also have the opportunity to learn more about Sarawak and our beautiful country,” said The Honourable Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports during a press conference on 6 July.

Taking inspiration from Miss World Organization Founder Mrs Julia Morley’s “Beauty with a Purpose” charity mission to help the underprivileged in various parts of the world, the new management team will be focusing on this core mission of providing opportunities to empower all beauty queens to serve the community and impact the lives of others.

“We aim to raise at least RM100,000 for charity this year, inviting all candidates who are competing at Miss World Malaysia to join hands in preserving the legacy of Miss World Malaysia,” said Sean Wong, National Director of Miss World Malaysia 2018.

Applications for Miss World Malaysia 2018 are open to single female non-Muslim Malaysian women born in Malaysia ranging from 18 to 26 years of age. The new management had decided to remove the swimsuit round as the focus of Miss World Malaysia 2018 was on “Beauty with a Purpose”, not just a beauty contest. Potential candidates should visit http://www.missworldmalaysia.org for more information. The application deadline for Miss World Malaysia 2018 is on 31 July, 2018.

The winner of Miss World Malaysia 2018 will receive RM30,000 cash and RM30,000 worth of prizes, be given the opportunity to undergo intensive personal grooming by famed celebrity image consultant Ida Ong, be engaged in a photoshoot by award-winning celebrity photographer Billy Mork, enjoy a 1-month stay in Hainan, China, representing Malaysia at the prestigious Miss World 2018 Grand, meet over a hundred beauty queens representing countries all around the world, network with movers and shakers of the international entertainment industry, earn a 1-year artiste management contract, be a brand ambassador and an appointed spokesperson championing meaningful social causes and impacting lives.

The annual Miss World Finals, aired live to approximately 180 countries yearly, attracts more than 1 billion viewers and consistently ranks among the most watched live annual entertainment telecasts in the world.

For more information or inquiries, contact Miss World 2018 here or visit their Facebook Page for updates.

From left, executive director of the global Miss World Organization Steve Douglas Morley, Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, National Director of Miss World Malaysia 2018  Sean Wong and Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle. Image retrieved from Miss World Press Release. 

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19 Tempat Menarik Di Kuching | Terokai Keindahan Bandaraya Perpaduan

Anda rasa kehidupan di kota dah cukup kompleks dengan pelbagai kaum berbeza? Mai singgah ke Sarawak untuk satu ‘kejutan’ budaya yang jauh lebih luar biasa. Bukan hanya didiami pelbagai kaum, tapi juga etnik-etnik berbeza yang cukup menarik untuk dikenali.

Ibu negerinya, Kuching, adalah antara destinasi penting untuk anda lawati bagi mengisi dada dengan pelbagai informasi sebelum membuka langkah kaki ke kawasan sebenar yang menjadi penempatan mereka.

Itu sahajakah sebabnya untuk ke Kuching? Jangan disalah anggap pula, statusnya sebagai ibu negeri juga tidak menjadikan ia ketandusan flora dan fauna, kerana kalau anda nak tahu, di sini jugalah pintu masuk untuk ke pelbagai tarikan alam semula jadi yang terdapat di Sarawak.

Dengan hanya melawat sebahagian daripada kesemua tarikan ini, anda dapat merasakan betapa istimewa dan indahnya ibu negeri Sarawak ini. Nak tahu di mana tersembunyi tempat-tempat menarik di Kuching? Teruskan scrolling sehingga ke penghujung artikel untuk mengetahui lebih mendalam tentang tempat-tempat hebat di ibu negeri Bumi Kenyalang ini.

19. Muzium Sarawak

Muzium Sarawak Kuching - Main Image
Sumber: mysutra

Muzium yang tertua di Borneo, Muzium Sarawak adalah sebuah bangunan dengan seni bina Perancis yang telah dibina oleh Charles Brooke pada tahun 1891. Lawatan ke muzium ini akan membuka mata anda tentang bukan sahaja sejarah negeri Sarawak tetapi juga tentang budaya dan kehidupan masyarakat di negeri ini.

Antara koleksi yang dipamerkan di sini adalah senjata-senjata yang digunakan masyarakat Sarawak, bot perang orang Iban, seramik asli yang tertua dari Gua Niah, serta banyak lagi barangan dan kepingan seramik yang diperoleh negeri ini hasil perdagangan dari abad ke-11 hingga ke-13 AD.

Bila dah ‘penuh’ ilmu di dada, anda boleh menuju ke tingkat bawah yang menempatkan Muzium Shoppe untuk membeli tanda ingatan sama ada buku, T-shirt dan sebagainya.

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari (9.30am – 4.30pm)

Bayaran Masuk: Percuma

Alamat: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching


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18. Taman Negara Bako

Taman Negara Bako Image
Sumber: Suara Borneo

Taman Negara Bako adalah taman negara yang terkecil di Asia Tenggara, walaupun kecil, sebenarnya ia adalah taman negara yang tertua yang terdapat di Sarawak. Disebabkan usianya ini, hampir semua spesies tumbuhan di sekitar Borneo terdapat di dalamnya, kecil-kecil cili padi gamaknya.

Bukan sahaja kaya dengan tarikan flora, ia juga menjadi habitat bagi banyak lagi hidupan liar yang lain seperti 150 spesies burung, monyet Belanda (proboscis) dan banyak lagi!

Tak cukup dengan itu, di dalam taman negara yang sama, anda dapat menikmati banyak lagi tarikan alam semula jadi yang lain seperti bukit-bukau, air terjun, paya bakau dan pantai. Secara totalnya, terdapat 16 buah denai yang disediakan untuk anda tempuhi. Pilihan ada di dalam tangan anda, nak yang penuh dengan cabaran atau jalan shortcut? Apa-apa pun, pakailah pakaian yang sesuai untuk berjungle trekking dan hiking ya?

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Jumaat (8.00am – 5.00pm) | Sabtu Ahad Tutup

Bayaran: Tambang Bot RM30 | Tiket Masuk RM10

Alamat: Taman Negara Bako, Kuching


17. Taman Negara Kubah

Taman Negara Kubah Image
Sumber: Aiman Zhafransyah

Anda sukakan warna-warni? Jangan lepaskan peluang untuk melawat Taman Negara Kubah. Kalau anda nak tahu, taman negara ini menempatkan bermacam spesies tumbuhan hutan yang termasuklah pelbagai jenis bunga orkid yang sukar untuk ditemui di tempat lain.

Sekiranya anda bercadang untuk meneroka taman negara ini, terdapat 5 buah laluan yang disediakan iaitu Laluan Palmetum, Laluan Air Terjun, Laluan Rayu, Laluan Selang dan Laluan Belian.

Selain aneka bunga orkidnya, bonus point kenapa anda perlu melawati taman negara ini adalah kerana ia pernah menjadi lokasi penggambaran bukan 1 tapi 2 buah filem Hollywood iaitu The Sleeping Dictionary lakonan Jessica Alba dan Farewell to the King lakonan Nick Norte.

Di samping itu, untuk pengetahuan anda, taman negara ini juga pernah disebut di dalam buku hasil penulisan ahli botani terkenal, Odoardo Beccari yang bertajuk The Great Forest of Borneo sebagai taman negara yang memiliki tanaman palma yang terbaik di dunia. Bukan main hebat lagi Taman Negara Kubah ni kan?

Alamat: Jalan Lundu-Sampadi, Kuching


16. Masjid Bandaraya Kuching (Masjid Negeri Lama)

Masjid Kuching Main Image
Sumber: Yarn‎

Sudah berjalan kesana-kemari, nak menambahkan berkat perjalanan, jangan lupa untuk singgah ke Masjid Bandaraya Kuching ataupun masjid lama negeri ini. Lamanya bukan kepalang sebab ia merupakan masjid yang pertama di Bandar Kuching yang dibina oleh pemimpin yang dihormati di Sarawak  pada ketika itu, Datu Patinggi Ali pada tahun 1847.

Masjid klasik ini pada asalnya dibina menggunakan kayu dimana atapnya terdiri daripada kayu bulian dan dindingnya pula daripada papan. Bangunan lama ini kemudiannya diperbaharui pada tahun 1968 menjadi struktur yang lebih kukuh yang lengkap dengan kubah yang bewarna keemasan.

Untuk pengetahuan anda, masjid ini mampu menampung sehingga 4000 orang jemaah pada satu-satu masa.

Alamat: 332, Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol, Kampung No3, 93400 Kuching


15. Tugu Kuching

Tugu Kuching Image
Sumber: D’Sha Bridal

Tak sah kalau tak bergambar dengan lambang yang terpenting di Kuching kalau dah melancong ke sini. Mercu tanda ini tak lain tak bukan adalah Tugu Kuching yang megah berdiri di hadapan hotel-hotel dan pusat membeli-belah bandaraya ini.

Tugu yang berada di dalam roundabout ini dijaga dengan baik oleh pihak Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara yang sentiasa memastikan agar warna tugu ini tidak pudar. Maka, bagi anda yang nak bergambar di sini tak perlulah risau ya? Warnanya tetap vibrant bila-bila masa sahaja anda bercadang untuk berposing di sini.

Alamat: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching


14. Muzium Kucing

Muzium Kucing Main Image
Sumber: Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara (DBKU)

Ke mana nak pergi tanpa perlu keluarkan bajet di Kuching ni tapi dalam masa yang sama best bukan main? Jawapannya adalah Muzium Kucing! Jangan main-main, muzium yang juga terletak di ‘Kuching’ ini adalah muzium kucing yang pertama yang terdapat di dunia.

Muzium yang terletak di dalam bangunan Ibu Pejabat Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara di atas Bukit Siol ini menempatkan lebih daripada 3000 pameran yang menarik hati. Berkeluasan lebih daripada 1000 meter persegi, muzium ini memiliki 4 buah galeri yang didalamnya terdapat lebih daripada 50 pameran berbeza seperti jenis-jenis kucing, kucing pada zaman pertengahan, koleksi Garfield, koleksi buku kucing, koleksi Hello Kitty, info tentang kucing pada zaman purba Mesir dan banyak lagi.

Tak ada apa lagi yang perlu anda Google tentang kucing sebaik melawat muzium ini. Nak jadi pakar kucing? Jom ke sini!

Waktu Operasi:  Setiap Hari Kecuali Cuti Umum (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Alamat: Bangunan DBKU, Bukit Siol, Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching


13. Taman Sahabat Kuching Sarawak

Taman Sahabat Bandar Kuching
Sumber: Wahbi Wahbi

Taman Sahabat Kuching Sarawak adalah sebuah taman rekreasi yang dibina pada tahun 2005 hasil kerjasama antara kerajaan Malaysia dan China untuk memperingati hubungan diplomatik antara kedua-dua negara yang telah pun mencapai ulang tahun ke-30.

Taman indah yang terletak di atas tanah berkeluasan 2.8 hektar ini terbahagi kepada dua bahagian iaitu taman Malaysia dan taman China. Di dalam kawasan Malaysia, anda sekeluarga dapat melihat Sarawak Fountain yang mana berdirinya sebuah monumen yang menjadi simbol kepada kepelbagaian etnik di Sarawak, di hadapannya pula terdapat Malaysia Murals yang memaparkan 14 buah dinding  (14 buah negeri di Malaysia).

Di dalam taman China pula, terdapat jambatan zig-zag, perigi permintaan (wishing well), pondok rehat berinspirasikan Kunming dan Beijing, sebuah tugu yang berketinggian 20 kaki Laksamana Cheng Ho dan banyak lagi. Berjalan-jalan di sini, anda sekeluarga juga dapat menyejukkan mata melihat kelibat-kelibat ikan koi yang berenang dengan penuh keseronokan di dalam kolam-kolam yang ada di sini.

Nak tenangkan fikiran dari kacau-bilau di bandar? Tariklah nafas lega sebentar di dalam taman yang mendamaikan ini.

Bayaran Masuk: Percuma

Alamat: Tabuan Heights, 93350 Kuching


12. Taman Negara Gunung Gading

Taman Negara Gunung Gading Image
Sumber: Lundu Homestay

Dah selalu melihat bunga Rafflesia dalam brochure pelancongan atau National Geographic, bila lagi nak melihatnya di depan mata? Anda boleh merasai pengalaman ini sendiri dengan menjejakkan kaki di Taman Negara Gunung Gading.

Kalau anda nak tahu, taman negara ini adalah tempat di mana pemuliharaan bunga terbesar di dunia ini dilakukan.  Pada mulanya, projek ini dilaksanakan secara tertutup oleh Jabatan Taman Negara, namun kemudiannya ia dibuka supaya orang ramai dapat melihat khazanah alam ini dengan lebih dekat. Pihak berkuasa masih memantau aktiviti ini untuk memastikan tiada sebarang kerosakan berlaku sewaktu lawatan orang ramai.

Macam mana? Excited tak nak tengok bunga Rafflesia ni? Sebelum anda ke sini, anda perlu tahu bahawa bunga ini mengambil masa dalam 8 ke 9 bulan untuk mencapai kematangan dan hanyalah berbunga penuh untuk 4 ke 5 hari sebelum mati, jadi anda perlulah bertanya dengan pihak taman negara ini terlebih dahulu tentang waktu yang terbaik untuk melawat bagi mengelakkan kekecewaan ya?

Waktu Operasi:  8.00am – 5.00pm

Bayaran Masuk: RM20

Alamat: Taman Negara Gunung Gading, 94500 Lundu


11. Hutan Simpan Semenggoh

Hutan Simpan Semenggoh Image
Sumber: Sally Rodrick

Sudah melihat orkid, rafflesia dan monyet Belanda, apa lagi yang belum dibuat di tanah Borneo ini? Apa lagi kalau bukan melihat haiwan terkenal di Borneo ini iaitu orang utan!

Terletak hanyalah 30 minit pemanduan dari pusat bandar Kuching, Hutan Simpan Semenggoh merupakan tempat di mana orang-orang utan dididik oleh renjer-renjer hutan supaya pandai ‘membawa diri’ apabila dilepaskan di dalam hutan.

Pusat Hidupan Liar Semenggoh yang dibina pada tahun 1920 ini bukan sahaja menjadi tempat rawatan untuk orang utan, tapi juga kepada lebih daripada 1,000 ekor haiwan liar yang lain.

Waktu yang paling menarik untuk ke sini adalah sewaktu orang-orang utan diberi makan iaitu pada sekitar pukul 9.00am ke 10.00am dan 3.00pm ke 3.30pm. Jangan terkejut pula kalau anda terdengar penjaga-penjaga di sini memanggil nama manusia seperti Salina untuk turun dari pokok yang tinggi bila waktu makan tiba. Sebabnya, orang utan di sini diberikan nama seperti manusia. Specialkan layanan untuk haiwan dekat sini?

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Jumaat (8.00am – 4.45pm) | Sabtu, Ahad, Cuti Umum Tutup

Bayaran Masuk: Dewasa RM10

Alamat: Jalan Puncak Borneo, 93250 Kuching


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10. Kuching Wetlands National Park

Kuching Wetlands National Park Main Image
Sumber: Ezrin Nazan

Terletak hanyalah dalam 5 km dari Pantai Damai, Kuching Wetlands National Park merupakan sebuah taman negara yang berkeluasan 6610 hektar yang hampir keseluruhannya terdiri daripada hutan paya air masin.

Cara yang paling best untuk menerokai taman negara ini adalah dengan menyelusuri sungai menggunakan bot sewa yang disediakan. Anda dapat melihat pemandangan kawasan perkampungan Melayu serta banyak hidupan fauna lain yang selalu dilihat di dalam kaca tv secara live.

Alamat: Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching


9. Kuching Civic Centre

Kuching Civic Centre Image
Sumber: Chipmunk 1 / CC By 2.0

Tak sempat untuk melawati semua tarikan yang ada di negeri ini? Nak pendekkan jalan cerita, anda bolehlah melawat Kuching Civic Centre.

Walaupun tak dapat melawat kesemua tempat best di sini, sekurang-kurangnya dapatlah anda melihat dari jauh tempat-tempat seperti Gunung Santubung, Gunung Serapi dan banyak lagi di sekitar Kuching ini secara 360 darjah.

Kalau cuaca baik dan pandangan mata 20/20, pemandangan anda boleh menjangkau sehingga ke kawasan pergunungan Kalimantan. Yang menariknya lagi, million dollar view ini boleh anda nikmati dalam harga hanya RM2. Macam tak ada sebab untuk tak pergi bukan?

Bayaran Masuk: RM2

Alamat: Jalan Taman Budaya, Kuching


8. Pantai Damai

Pantai Damai Main Image
Sumber: Kuching Family Homestay

Bercadang untuk berkelah sewaktu berada di Kuching? Anda boleh memilih Pantai Damai sebagai lokasi untuk anda menebarkan tikar berkelah. Sambil menikmati juadah yang dibawa, anda dapat menyejukkan mata dengan pemandangan indah pantai ini yang cukup terjaga kebersihannya serta hutan hujan tropika yang mengelilingi Gunung Santubong.

Setelah puas melegakan paru-paru dengan udara yang segar, anda boleh meneruskan langkah ke Kampung Kebudayaan Sarawak yang terletak hanyalah 10 minit perjalanan dari sini.

Alamat: Teluk Bandung Santubong, 93756 Kuching


7. Kampung Kebudayaan Sarawak (Muzium Kebudayaan Sarawak)

Muzium Kebudayaan Sarawak Kuching Image
Sumber: Sarawak Cultural Village

Kampung Kebudayaan Sarawak ataupun Muzium Kebudayaan Sarawak adalah antara sebuah tarikan yang wajib dilawati di negeri ini. Terletak di dalam kawasan berkeluasan 17 ekar di kaki Gunung Santubong, muzium ini bukanlah sebuah muzium biasa. Kenapa? Kerana ia merupakan muzium hidup, sesuai dengan namanya, tidak ubah seperti kawasan kampung yang sebenar.

Di sini anda dapat melihat secara realistik rumah-rumah unik etnik-etnik dan masyarakat yang terdapat di Sarawak seperti rumah tinggi Melanau, rumah menyuarat kaum Bidayuh, tempat simpan senjata dan banyak lagi. Kalau bernasib baik, anda juga dapat melihat perlangsungan perkahwinan sebenar orang Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu dan masyarakat Melayu sendiri.

Di dalam rumah-rumah ini juga terdapat kakitangan yang menunjukkan aktiviti seharian mereka sebagai etnik tertentu, lengkap dengan pakaian tradisional.

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari (11.30am – 4.00pm)

Bayaran Masuk: Dewasa RM50 | Kanak-kanak RM25

Alamat: Kampung Budaya Sarawak, 93010 Kuching


6. Taman Buaya Jong

Taman Buaya Jong Kuching Image
Sumber: Jong’s Crocodile Farm Zoo Sdn Bhd

Anda seorang yang berjiwa berani? Jangan lupa untuk singgah ke taman buaya yang terbesar di Malaysia iaitu Taman Buaya Jong. Taman buaya ini menempatkan lebih daripada seribu ekor buaya yang mana kesemuanya setia menanti kedatangan anda di sebalik sangkar yang menjadi habitat mereka.

Anda juga boleh melihat aksi buaya-buaya ini menyambar bangkai ayam yang digantungkan pada tali rentang pada waktu makan mereka iaitu setiap pukul 11.00am dan 3.00pm.

Bukan itu sahaja, anda juga boleh melawat Muzium Buaya yang turut menempatkan tulang buaya bernama Bujang Senang yang merupakan antara buaya paling kejam di Sarawak.

Andai kata sebaik membayar tiket tiba-tiba terasa meremang bulu roma dan tak jadi nak tengok buaya, anda boleh melihat banyak lagi haiwan lain yang turut terdapat di sini seperti biawak monitor, monyet, musang, beruang madu, burung merak dan lain-lain lagi. Taman buaya yang bukanlah sekadar buaya.

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari (9.00am – 5.00pm) | Waktu Buaya Diberi Makan (11.00am – 3.00pm)

Bayaran Masuk: Dewasa RM24 | Kanak-kanak RM12

Alamat: Siburan, 29Km Kuching-Serian Road, 93250 Kuching


5. Taman Orkid Kuching

Taman Orkid Kuching Main Image
Sumber: Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara (DBKU)

Suka bunga orkid tapi tidak memiliki stamina yang tinggi untuk berjungle trekking di Taman Negara Kubah yang dikatakan kaya dengan pelbagai spesies orkid? Jalan mudahnya adalah dengan melawati Taman Orkid Kuching.

Bukan sikit variasi orkid yang ada dalam taman ini, kerana kalau dikira, terdapat lebih daripada 80,000 orkid kesemuanya di atas tanah yang berkeluasan 15 ekar ini.

Walaupun tidak perlu menerokai hutan, untuk sampai ke taman orkid ini anda perlu menyeberangi Sungai Sarawak menuju ke Jeti Pangkalan Sapi. Dari jeti ini, anda perlu berjalan kaki hanya 5 minit untuk sampai ke pintu masuk Taman Orkid.

Sebagai peringatan, orkid adalah sejenis tumbuhan yang berbunga mengikut musim, maka kajilah terlebih dahulu musim-musimnya sebelum ke sini ya? Di samping itu, kawasan taman ini kurang teduhan dari panahan mentari, kalau tak nak mekap cair atau muka berpeluh semasa berposing untuk gambar, datanglah ke sini seawal yang mungkin.

Waktu Operasi: Isnin Tutup | Selasa – Ahad (9.30am – 6.00pm)

Bayaran Masuk: Percuma

Alamat: Taman Orchid, 96000 Kuching


4. Muzium Sejarah Cina Sarawak

Muzium Sejarah Cina Sarawak Main Image
Sumber: Kuching Family Homestay

Dirasmikan pada tahun 1993 sebagai Muzium Sejarah Cina Sarawak, bangunan muzium ini sebenarnya meyimpan memori yang jauh lebih lama daripada itu. Struktur muzium ini  telah dibina pada tahun 1912, sejak dari itu sehinggalah tahun 1921, bangunan ini digunakan sebagai mahkamah oleh masyarakat Cina.

Kini, muzium ini meyimpan pelbagai bukti berkaitan sejarah masyarakat Cina sejak zaman pemerintahan Raja Putih. Barangan pameran yang dapat dilihat di sini adalah seperti peralatan muzik, barangan seramik, dan banyak lagi. Di samping itu, anda juga dapat mengetahui lebih mendalam berkenaan kepelbagaian etnik Cina yang wujud serta info-info berkaitan yang lain.

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Jumaat (9.00am – 4.45pm) | Sabtu, Ahad, Cuti Umum (10.00am – 4.00pm) | Hari Pertama Cuti Umum, Ulang Tahun T.Y.T, Hari Pekerja Hari Malaysia Tutup

Bayaran Masuk: Percuma

Alamat: Jalan Main Bazar, 93100 Kuching


3. Muzium Tekstil

Muzium Tekstil Bandar Kuching Image
Sumber: Kuching Family Homestay

Bangunan dengan seni bina Renaissance Inggeris ini pada asalnya merupakan  Pusat Perubatan sebaik selesai pembinaannya pada tahun 1907. Kemudiannya, bangunan ini diambil alih untuk dijadikan Jabatan Pendidikan.

Namun sejak Ogos 2000, bangunan ini telah dijadikan sebagai Muzium Tekstil yang mempamerkan kepelbagaian busana tradisional dan tekstil hasil tenunan etnik-etnik yang terdapat di Sarawak. Bukan sekadar pameran yang biasa, anda juga dapat melihat bagaimana tekstil ini dihasilkan dari benang hinggalah ia siap sebagai sehelai kain.

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Jumaat (9.00am – 4.45pm) | Sabtu, Ahad, Cuti Umum (10.00am – 4.00pm) | Hari Pertama Cuti Umum, Ulang Tahun T.Y.T, Hari Pekerja Hari Malaysia Tutup

Bayaran Masuk: Percuma

Alamat: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000 Kuching


2. Islamic Heritage Museum

Islamic Heritage Museum Bandar Kuching
Sumber: Yeo Jiun Tzen / CC By 4.0

Islamic Heritage Museum merupakan sebuah tempat menarik di Kuching yang memaparkan kekayaan khazanah sejarah dan budaya masyarakat Islam di Nusantara. Muzium ini turut menyampaikan info tentang hubungan antara perkembangan Islam di pelusuk ini dengan kawasan lain di dunia.

Bermacam informasi yang dapat anda ketahui dengan melihat 7 seksyen pamerannya antaranya adalah tentang sejarah Islam di Sarawak, senibina Islam, perkembangan ilmu pengetahuan dalam dunia Islam, kostum muzik, senjata dan banyak lagi.

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Jumaat (9.00am – 4.45pm) | Sabtu, Ahad, Cuti Umum (10.00am – 4.00pm) | Hari Pertama Cuti Umum, Ulang Tahun T.Y.T, Hari Pekerja Hari Malaysia Tutup

Alamat: Jalan P. Ramlee, 93400 Kuching


1. Kuching Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront Main Image
Sumber: Kuching Today

Nak tahu di mana tempat paling happening di Kuching? Lokasinya adalah di Kuching Waterfront. Terletak pada sepanjang 1 km di tepian Sungai Sarawak, pelbagai tarikan yang menarik untuk dilawati di Kuching terletak di sini, antaranya adalah tokong Cina yang tertua iaitu Tokong Tua Pek Kong serta monumen Charles Brooke.

Apa lagi istimewanya di Kuching Waterfront ini? Sekiranya anda ke sini pada waktu siang, anda dapat menikmati pemandangan yang memukau jiwa Kubu Margherita, Astana dan perkampungan Melayu yang terletak di seberang sungai.

Untuk menikmati pemandangan di sekitar dengan lebih ‘dramatik’ lagi, anda boleh menaiki bot Penambang dari jeti ke jeti. Sebelum pulang, jangan lupa untuk membeli cenderamata yang banyak dijual di sekitar Waterfront.

Alamat: Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching


Baca: 23 Hotel Murah Di Kuching Yang Sesuai Untuk Bajet Traveller

Taman-taman negara yang mendamaikan, muzium yang padat dengan informasi dan tugu-tugu yang unik, ini hanyalah sedikit cebisan daripada semua tarikan yang ditawarkan oleh bandaraya ini. Percayalah, semakin banyak anda teroka, semakin mendalam rasa cinta anda kepada negeri yang dinamakan sempena nama haiwan comel ini.

Bagi anda yang ingin mengembara lebih luas di tanah Borneo ini, anda boleh membaca artikel kami bertajuk 23 Tempat Menarik Di Sarawak.

Sudah kenyang merasai masakan pelbagai etnik di Sarawak? Jom cuci mata dengan keindahan satu lagi negeri dalam Malaysia yang terletak di Kepulauan Borneo iaitu Sabah, nak tahu di mana tempat-tempat menarik dalam negeri ini? Mai singgah baca artikel kami bertajuk 45 Tempat Menarik di Sabah.

Puaskanlah jiwa kembara anda dengan menuju ke Kepulauan Borneo, percayalah, tiada tempat permulaan yang lebih menyeronokkan daripada di kotaraya yang happening ini sebelum ke destinasi lain. Semoga berseronok di bandaraya Kuching!

Article source: http://www.maisinggah.com/feed/

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: adua[email protected]
Website: www.facebook.com/OfficialMDHS or http://wingsofkkb.blogspot.my/

Article source: http://blog.tourism.gov.my/feed/

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/